School trips: risk assessments

Understand when you do and don't need to carry out a trip risk assessment, find out what you need to include and see template examples.

Last reviewed on 19 June 2024
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  1. Not all trips require a specific risk assessment
  2. Decide if a trip involves higher risk
  3. Writing your risk assessment 
  4. See examples and templates

Not all trips require a specific risk assessment

The DfE's guidance on health and safety on educational visits explains that you only need to carry out a specific risk assessment for trips that pose a higher level of risk.

Routine visits that carry no more than an everyday level of risk should be covered by your current policies and procedures. They only need a little extra planning and should be considered as a 'lesson in a different classroom'.

Sometimes you might only need to review plans and arrangements that were successful for previous trips.

Decide if a trip involves higher risk

The higher risk level could be related to things such as:

  • Distance from school
  • Type of activity
  • Location
  • Need for staff with specialist skills

The Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel (OEAP) has further guidance to help you decide whether you need to

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