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UK Outdoors welcomes government’s roadmap to restarting outdoor education at Easter 2021 - Outdoor Industries Association

UK Outdoors, the industry body for outdoor learning, today (27 November) welcomes the Government’s decision to put a roadmap in place to restart the sector in Easter 2021.

From next week, UK Outdoors, as part of the newly formed School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group (STSSG), will be working with the Department for Education and building the roadmap for the restart of residentials in Easter 2021, including:

  1. A full framework for the safe reintroduction of domestic residential visits
  2. Approval of sector COVID-safe protocols
  3. Public Health England’s scientific guidance
  4. Interim holiday cancellation insurance
  5. Raising the profile of outdoor education’s positive contribution to children’s wellbeing across Government Departments and External Organisations

UK Outdoors also welcomes the recognition of the contribution of outdoor education in the Government’s updated guidance, which stated: “we recognise the enormous benefits overnight residential educational visits can provide and the expertise and skills of those working in this sector that enable students to benefit from those visits.”

By the time of restarting, the outdoor education sector will have gone for over a year with no meaningful revenue, unlike almost every other industry in the UK through this pandemic. Over 6,000 permanent jobs have already been lost, with some centres and the other 9,000 jobs still at risk without additional support. UK Outdoors will be making representations to Government about the extent of those at risk and proposing options for further support for some centres.

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