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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Planning a School Trip
  2. 2 Health and Safety on a School Trip
  3. 3 The Trip
  4. 4 Residential Trips and Trips Abroad
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A colourful montage image of all the sections in this school trips training course

In this section we look at where you’re going, why you’re going there and how you’re going to get there – by coach, minibus or private vehicle.

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This section looks at the importance of safeguarding, the need for adult supervision on trips and the requirement for first aid provision. It also includes step-by-step guides for emergency procedures – for managing the scene, contacting people and for preparing a written report about an incident.

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Once everyone is properly prepared, the trip can finally go ahead! This section looks at keeping pupils safe whilst on the trip and getting them home safely. It looks at rules and behaviour, headcounts, rendez-vous points, badges, remote supervision and the importance of good communication between everyone on a trip.

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Finally, in this section, we look at taking pupils on trips that mean staying away from home – either in the UK or abroad.

In some cases, this could be the first time a pupil spends a night away from their home and family – an experience in itself! We look at preparing parents and guardians – for example - what do they need to know? We look at the documentation that may be needed for a foreign visit, the rules and regulations and the increased health and safety required abroad.

About this course

In this School Trips Training for Organisers and Support programme we take a look at some of the things that must be considered when planning and delivering school trips, both in the UK and abroad.

School Trips for Organisers and Support Staff is a programme for the person who organises the trip, or anyone who helps out on a trip, including school staff and non-school staff acting as volunteers and helpers.

It may seem that there’s a lot to think about when planning a school trip, but this programme has been written as a guide to the process. It will support any procedures and guidelines already in place in a school, and will explain how to practically manage the risks associated with leaving the classroom.

There are two programmes on School Trips. This is the second.  The first programme is School Trips for Management (the people in a school who are responsible for school trips.) We recommend that the person organising a trip should do both courses. 

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The importance of School Trips Training (For Organisers & Support)

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This School Trips Training For Organisers & Support course concludes with a 10 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your School Trips Training (For Organisers & Support) Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

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School Trips for Organisers Training Certificate

78 real user reviews

4.2 out of 5
Very clear and easy steps to follow

Good insight to help prepare for a trip

Good reminder of key points needed

Covers all the basics with some timely reminders and has been updated post brexit for international trips. Useful to compare guidance vs the law.


I think it would be ideal to be able to retake the test again (with different questions) without having to redo the whole course within a few days, or hours so we can review weaker areas after the test is complete without sitting through everything or rechecking mid-test. Additionally, this would allow test takers to gain a certificate that states 100%. Even though 80% is a pass it feels demoralizing to have it displayed so large on the certificate.

Far too long

This user gave this course a rating of 3/5 stars

Really helpful!

Really helpful!

very good.

This will definitely help with trips.


I have done this several times and each time I lose the will to live part way through. Why not (a) only require it to be done say every three years; and (b) offer a proper pre-learning test which if passed means you don’t have to sit through it. I assume that the objective is to ensure that trip leaders are competent … I’m not convinced this course is fit for purpose.

clesr and concise

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Common Law Duty of Care and The Children Act 1989 require that teachers do all that is reasonable to protect the health, safety and welfare of pupils.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires all employees to care for their own health and safety and that of  others. In the case of school trips this means that teachers must take reasonable steps to protect their own health and safety, that of the pupils they accompany and also that of anyone else who may be affected by the delivery of the trip.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires risks to be appropriately assessed and measures put in place to reduce or eliminate risks.

The Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004 requires providers of certain adventure activities to be licensed.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 holds an organisation responsible if their activities were organised or managed in such a way that this caused or contributed to the death of someone to whom they had a duty of care.

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