September 2021 DfE guidance on Educational visits
In line with current Department of Education guidance we are pleased to be resuming day and residential visits this school year with thorough risk management for Covid-safe practice. We hope to resume overseas visits after Easter 2022.
Safely managed educational visits with distinct outcomes are a vital part of a comprehensive and balanced curriculum. They provide an opportunity to extend the learning of students, including an enhancement of their understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them. They can be a catalyst for improved personal performance, promote a lifetime interest and, in some cases, lead to eventual career choices.
As a school, we currently use the KCC EVOLVE system to administer school visits.
Since October 2020, we have extended our use of the system to include it as our primary means of communicating information to parents and guardians.
There are many advantages of using EVOLVE:
- It enables you to be confident that information about potential visits is received immediately it is sent
- Consent forms can be read, completed and submitted electronically and not lost in school bags
- A copy of the completed consent form will be emailed to you
- It is environmentally-friendly
Should your child be invited to participate in a school visit, you will receive a communication from Evolvekentvisits which will include full details on an attachment. This will be a secure encrypted link via the email address you have supplied to the school, and you will be prompted to complete the consent form online. Should you encounter any problems, there is a parent guide on the Evolve website.
A sample of the communication that would be received from Evolve is shown below:
The Educational Visits Coordinator at school is Mrs M Challis who can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org