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Time to End 'Fear of Compensation Culture' on School Trips, Says Balls

Magazine article Public Finance

Time to End 'Fear of Compensation Culture' on School Trips, Says Balls

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Schools Secretary Ed Balls has said fears of litigation over school trips should be consigned to history' as the government announced a £4.5m package to reduce red tape and provide teachers with more support.

The measures were unveiled at the first Learning Outside the Classroom national conference on October 2.

They include a Quality Badge award scheme to identify organisations that 'provide high-quality experiences and manage safety effectively' and cut paperwork for teachers.

The Out & About package will also provide ordine guidance to help staff plan for trips or outdoor activities and a £2.5m initiative, funded and run by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation charity, to promote residential schemes.

Balls said: 'It is wrong to wrap children in cotton wool as they grow up. Today s package makes a clear case for the benefits of learning outside the classroom.

'It is a massive step forward to making it easier for teachers to take pupils out of the classroom - giving them the confidence and tools to organise outside the classroom environment; cutting paperwork and red tape on visits; and breaking down the fear of litigation. …

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