As well as the recognisable bodies such as Girlguiding UK and The Scout Association as a company we seek additional guidance and information from other external bodies:
Whilst the external bodies below may not be directly applicable to your group, it encompasses the growth and development of children, be it within the educational system or as part of external groups. These external groups may include participating in youth organisations outside of school such as guiding and scouting groups, which are vitally important to the development of children and young adults.
Department for Schools
The Government has long been committed to enabling all children and young people to reach their full potential. This requires a strong lead in securing integrated children’s services and educational excellence.
The new Department for Education (DfE) means they can really concentrate on achieving their objectives, including:
- make children and young people happy and healthy
- keep them safe and sound
- give them a top class education
- help them stay on track
The School Travel Forum
The School Travel Forum (STF) is a group of leading school tour operators who promote good practice and safety in school travel.
All Full Members of the STF adhere to a rigorous Code of Practice and Safety Management Standards which meet the safety requirements of the DfE guidelines and are externally verified each year by suitably qualified independent Health and Safety professionals.
The School Travel Forum Code of Practice has been developed in consultation with all the major Teachers' Associations and Unions, including NAHT, SHA, ATL, NASUWT, NUT, PAT and by the Outdoor Education Advisors' Panel.
Rayburn Tours is a founding member of the School Travel Forum (STF) and our Commercial Manager currently sits on the Committee. This position enables us to aid the developments of the STF and voice the feedback we receive from our groups.
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto
Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
Since its launch in November 2006, more than 1100 organisations and individuals have signed up in support of the Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom vision and aims.
Further information can be found via www.lotc.org.uk alternatively you can download a copy:
Outside youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides really help to achieve this through experiences outside of education.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Additional foreign travel advice and guidance, further to that already provided by Venture Abroad Consultants, is available from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo