By Melanie Cousins 4th December 2020

FSC has welcomed plans which could allow overnight school trips to resume by Easter next year.

Chief Executive Mark Castle said it was positive news that the Government would review its guidance on residential school trips in February and hopes of being able to resume overnight stays from April was extremely encouraging.

“We’re very pleased the Government has now set out a clear path for reviewing when the outdoor education sector might be able to start operating overnight school residentials again.

“For so long, we have had no clear indication of the way forward for the sector and this has been particularly challenging from an operational perspective and very concerning from an education standpoint and the missed opportunities for schoolchildren.

“We very much welcome plans for a further review in February with the possibility of being able to reopen our centres for overnight school trips from Easter should the scientific evidence on Covid-19 support this.

“There is no substitute for hands-on practical experience in the natural world and overnight school trips provide so many opportunities for young people including learning new skills, building confidence and establishing long-lasting friendships.

“In the meantime, we continue to support schools, teachers and students with many aspects of their outdoor learning by operating educational day visits to our centres and digital outreach programmes.”

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