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Covid-19 Lobbying

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Residential Outdoor Education has been devastated by the effects of COVID-19 and needs more government support to survive. All IOL members and supporters of outdoor learning can help us make the case - write to your local MP and sign the #saveoutdoored and #SaveYourOutdoorCentres petitions.

 

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UK Outdoors is the sector voice for the Outdoor Learning and the Adventure World. UK Outdoors is lobbying to change the governments Covid 19 guidance which is preventing overnight stays in Outdoor Education Residential Centres. This guidance is preventing formative educational experiences to at least 5 million students across the UK. The sector provides over 15,000 jobs and £700m to the UK economy.

Objective: The Government have committed to review the guidance advising against residential outdoor education in November. Whilst we participate in the Review, we are aiming to build political support to ensure that guidance and our sector is reopened in time for the 2021 season.

 

 

 

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School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group (STSSG) - Update
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School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group (STSSG) - Update

The School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group have been working with DfE to restart the sector as soon as possible. Since the announcement of the Government Roadmap, the work has accelerated notably with final submissions to the Government and an accelerated decision timetable. The STSSG has made its proposal for educational visits to restart, in line with the Government roadmap, which has been received positively.

The headline proposal is as below:

Step 1 - 8th March - Schools restart
Step 2 - 29th March - Day Educational Visits are permitted (no later than 12th April in line with UK Government plan)
Step 3 - 17th May - Residential Educational Visits are permitted with specific COVID-secure measures in place
Step 4 - 21st June - Educational Visits can take place with revised COVID-secure measures, in line with Government requirements

We have continued detailed discussions with the Department on this basis and expect to have a final decision on the restart of school travel and its roadmap in the week commencing 15th March. Please note there will be no additional update to DfE guidance on travel for educational settings prior to this.

The week commencing 15th March is the key decision date for the sector and I would direct you to ensure that your customers are aware of this as the decision deadline rather than anything prior to this date.

While we continue our work with the DfE, it is vitally important that you continue to put pressure on the Department via your local media and MPs. The key decision deadline is important for the future of our sector and we must ensure that external pressure holds the Department to the deadline and our proposals.

Andy Robinson
IOL CEO

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