School trips to the great outdoors should go ahead even if they put pupils at risk, according to guidance given to schools in Scotland.
The guidelines say that forests, fields and playgrounds are often better places for learning than classrooms and that pupils should not be stuck inside by risk-averse teachers.
"Eliminating or controlling a hazard may seem so daunting that offering the experience seems impossible," states the guidance, Curriculum for Excellence Through Outdoor Learning.
"That is the point for serious consideration, but not necessarily the moment to cancel plans. Children and young people should not be denied an experience simply because an unlikely hazard could not be completely eliminated." hh.