Badge means trips don't have to be so 'far out'

29th July 2011 at 01:00

I read with interest Scott Rockingham's letter (8 July) about school trips being a "First-class ticket to trouble", in response to the news that the Department for Education has told schools and local authorities to ditch "unnecessary paperwork".

There is already a safety and quality standard which would cut out much of Mr Rockingham's "painstaking preparations".

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has created a safety and quality badge for overseas expeditions.

This qualification puts the onus on the provider of the trip to be independently assessed against all the criteria the school would have previously had to wade through - at the cost of the provider.

Camps International is one of only a handful of providers to have been awarded the council's safety and quality badge for overseas expeditions.

Stuart Rees Jones, Founder and CEO, Camps International.

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