TES collection Educational Visits - General information


Classroom resources index

Educational visits - General information

A collection of resources to help smooth the way to a successful off-site experience. We’ve included paperwork such as templates of risk assessment forms, guides to getting the most from your visit and videos of successful trips.

General information, useful websites and paperwork

Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits

  • Useful links to guidance on health and safety issues during school trips including good practice, risk assessment and management and emergency procedures.

Exemplar School Visits Policies

  • Exemplary educational visits policies which can be used as templates.

Risk assessment of a redisential trip

  • A compact template for a risk assessment which gives a good starting point to ensuring you understand your own school policy.

Educational Visits Model Forms

  • A whole range of useful examples of forms that may be required before, during and after a school trip, including a Risk Assessment Plan, Consent forms and Evaluation forms.


  • An online, searchable, database of information about more than 6,000 collections in the UK’s museums, galleries, archives and libraries.

10 Questions

  • These questions can be used in art galleries on school trips, introducing children to works of art and to art projects.

Let’s discover.org.uk

  • A useful website that takes adults through the process of planning and preparing curriculum-linked visits for children aged 3-8 years. A planning toolkit, learning games and support materials are provided.

Drama - More than a Theatre Trip

  • A visit to the theatre shows children how theatre can be used to investigate a topic. Seven ideas that make a good post-performance workshop are suggested, including teacher in role, the use of ‘thought-tracking’ and focusing on a single incident or action.

24 hour Museum - the National Virtual Museum

  • A government-funded website promoting museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK. Includes event listings, collection information and venue details. Includes a Curriculum Navigator search engine which can be used to find museums, galleries, etc that are relevant to a particular subject area that you are focusing on. Relevant for all key stages.

Close Encounters with Culture

  • A guide to getting the most from visits for EYFS pupils to museums and galleries. Several projects are used to illustrate learning both during the visit and back in the setting.


  • An online museum with online interactive resources produced by museums and galleries for children aged 4 to 11 years. The website also includes a section for teachers and parents and an interactive UK museums map with information and direct links to museums all over the country.

Educational visit resources for SEN pupils

Environments activity

  • Activity to match animals to their environments, providing the opportunity to talk about why they live there and what the animals are called - useful for outdoors work.

Map Symbols Powerpoint

  • A very simple introduction to symbols used on maps for pupils with special needs or young pupils, with clear pictures and minimal clear language.

UK Animals activity book (made with Widgit CIP)

  • Activity book suitable for differentiation where pupils can learn animal and bird names and use the pictures for several games.

Cold Climate - Arctic (Geography)

  • The slide show gives some information about the Arctic, presented from the eyes of a young polar bear called Peter. You may be able to use this as a focus for your local visit bycomparing and contrasting your local environment with the Arctic!

Things to think about when taking hearing impaired students on off-site activities

  • This guide should help teachers to cover the additional needs of hearing impaired students when completing the paperwork and risk assessments for off-site and residential trips.

Research & studies

The Lasting Impact of School Trips

  • This is a study of the long-term impact of the relationship between eight schools and the National Trust through the Guardianship scheme, which is based largely around conservation and environmental issues.

Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?

  • This is a report by Ofsted which aims to evaluate the importance of learning outside the classroom. It analyses outcomes from schools where there is good, excellent or rapidly improving practice in learning outside the classroom, as well as Ofsted inspection data.