Educational visits: do we need parental consent?
Find out which trips require parental consent and who can give this consent, including advice on separated parents and parents who withhold permission.
Most trips don't need consent
Pupils are expected to take part in trips that are:
- Held during school hours
- Part of the curriculum
However, you should still inform parents about the trip.
You do need written consent for trips that:
- Need a higher level of risk assessment
- Are outside normal school hours
You must always get written consent for nursery-age children.
You should inform parents of pupils aged 18+ about trips too. It's not required but parents will still want to know about their child's whereabouts, and they may want to object to the trip.
This guidance comes from section 2 of the Department for Education's (DfE) guidance on educational visits and advice from a DfE representative.
Download the DfE's model consent form
The DfE has a consent form which covers:
Parents only need to complete this form once to give consent for all trips that