Change DfE school guidance to allow overnight educational visits.

DfE to immediately allow overnight education trips for schools, subject to them risk assessing the trip whilst following the government advice in place and making informed decisions based on the actual venues. To allow pupils to attend in the same groups they already have contact with in school.

This petition closed on 3 Feb 2021 with 17,881 signatures


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1. Teacher misconduct panel outcome: Ms Catherine Jones
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2. Approved free school application forms: wave 10
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3. Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance
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4. Transport demand management toolkit for local authorities
14/08/2020 - Department for Transport
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5. guidance
12/01/2021 - Department for Education
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Recent Speeches related to Change DfE school guidance to allow overnight educational visits.

1. Covid-19: Educational Settings
07/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: to do is announce that schools will close, and this is not a decision that the Government ever wanted - Speech Link
2: that our schools have not suddenly become unsafe, but limiting the number of people who attend them is - Speech Link
3: nationally to all, providing vital early education and childcare. Schools will be open too for vulnerable children - Speech Link
4: supporting children to make the progress with their education that they so desperately need. We will also do - Speech Link
5: legally binding requirements for schools to provide high-quality remote education. This is mandatory for all - Speech Link

2. Education Settings: Autumn Opening
08/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: challenging that schools, parents and, most of all, children have faced. What schools have achieved to - Speech Link
2: disadvantaged backgrounds among the hardest hit. Education recovery is critical for this generation of schoolchildren - Speech Link
3: Government have published detailed plans for nurseries, schools and colleges that set out what is needed to plan - Speech Link
4: are always as safe as possible. Schools will continue minimising contact between children, including through - Speech Link

3. Oral Answers to Questions
18/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: students. Yes, there are many, many brilliant higher education student institutes right across Europe, but there - Speech Link
2: of the impact that covid-19 has had on their educational experience, their finances and their graduate - Speech Link
3: Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of remote education for children during the covid-19 lockdown. (910835) - Speech Link
4: Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of remote education for children during the covid-19 lockdown. (910853) - Speech Link
5: Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of remote education for children during the covid-19 lockdown. (910860) - Speech Link
6: remote education. We have set clear strengthened expectations for schools and further education providers - Speech Link

4. Oral Answers to Questions
23/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: necessary. Schools have access to an advice service and supply of test kits. By assessing risk and maximising - Speech Link
2: a quarter of all state schools are using reserve budgets to ensure that pupils have devices and access - Speech Link
3: of millions of pounds have been distributed to schools. We have kept this matter under review and will - Speech Link
4: Secretary of State say how many pupils have been sent home from school for covid-related reasons since - Speech Link
5: Lady raises an important point about the number of pupils being sent home. We keep a close monitor of those - Speech Link
6: of State does not know those figures. Parents, pupils and teachers have told me of students having been - Speech Link

5. Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening
02/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: make a Statement about the full opening of our schools and colleges from this week, but before I do I - Speech Link
2: vocational and technical qualifications, which will allow them to progress to the next stage of their lives - Speech Link
3: have been working with the further and higher education sectors to manage applications for this year’s - Speech Link
4: To ensure that students can progress to higher education, we intend to remove the temporary student-number - Speech Link
5: nation’s schools and colleges. Welcoming pupils back will be a massive milestone for schools throughout - Speech Link

6. Educational Settings
19/03/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education. The Statement is as follows:“With permission - Speech Link

7. Covid-19: Road Map
23/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: In England, everyone in the top four priority groups was successfully offered a vaccine by the middle - Speech Link
2: restore freedoms while minimising the risk. At every stage, our decisions will be led by data not dates, and - Speech Link
3: March, by which time those in the top four priority groups will be benefiting from the increased protection - Speech Link

8. Wuhan Coronavirus
26/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: hotel in Tenerife and the Foreign Office is in contact with them.We have a clear, four-part plan - Speech Link

9. Covid-19: School Reopening
13/05/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: State for Education if he will make a statement on his Department’s plans to reopen schools as part of - Speech Link
2: today.It is over seven weeks since we asked schools, colleges and childcare settings to close to all - Speech Link

10. Support for Left-Behind Children
07/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: I have been asked to speak on behalf of the Education Committee and will deliver a speech along the - Speech Link

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We believe current DfE guidance puts both the well being of pupils and the economic stability of the outdoor education sector into peril. There is already current government guidance on accommodation, travel and activities that would allow overnight educational visits to happen in a Covid secure and professionally managed environment. Children have missed enough of their education and this change would be invaluable in re-engaging pupils back into education whilst nurturing their well being and mental health.


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Government Response

The Government continues to advise against the resumption of domestic overnight and overseas educational visits at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools can undertake safe COVID-19 day visits.


There is no doubt that the COVID-19 outbreak has presented significant challenges for children and for British businesses, including those in the residential sector. Children are missing out on the residential experience and the undoubted benefits that brings and providers of those services are understandably concerned about the viability of their own businesses and recovery of the sector.

However, the Government’s priority is to ensure that children remain in education with any measures put in place designed to support that ambition. In respect of the reintroduction of overnight educational visits, including residential trips, careful consideration has been given to measures that, on the one hand, open up the sector, but on the other hand, potentially increases the rate of transmission of the virus

Therefore the Government does not plan to change its current guidance at this time, and continues to advise against the resumption of domestic overnight and overseas educational visits for those in education and other settings. Schools are able to undertake COVID-19 secure day visits. Guidance for full opening: schools - GOV.UK sets out this position.

The decision not to resume overnight educational visits, including residential trips at this stage has been heavily influenced by the public health advice available and the Government’s need to put in place measures to reduce and bring under control the rising cases of COVID-19 in England.

Public Health England has advised that the resumption of residential visits will unnecessarily increase the risk of transmission of the virus due to a number of factors, some of which are listed below:

• increased social interaction of groups of children and adults outside of their established bubbles
• increased contact time with others in an indoor setting
• sharing bedroom facilities
• sharing of accommodation more broadly and close living arrangements (including sharing facilities such as canteens, showers and toilets)
• additional travel across country and the interaction with others that the children and adults accompanying them would not otherwise encounter

The risks associated with these factors will vary from trip to trip and residential centre to centre.

This position will be reviewed again in November 2020. The review will, amongst other things, consider the risk factors described above and the position of the country as a whole in driving down the prevalence of the virus.

The Government has made available to UK businesses a number of support measures and more information on business support can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business support - GOV.UK and the recently announced Job Support Scheme - GOV.UK.

Department for Education