The latest government guidance states, "in the autumn term, schools can resume non-overnight domestic educational visits".
We are pleased to be able to restart our education visits programme in line with government guidelines. We have been working hard to reopen our educational visits programme to ensure we offer you the best possible service and ensure we are Covid-19 secure. During the Autumn term we will be offering a limited range of filed visits as well as some new outreach and online offers.
We are taking bookings from 24 August. Please use our Autumn 2020 enquiry form or call us for more information.
Currently we will only be taking bookings for the autumn term (1 September - 18 December)
- Pre-visit guidance COVID (439KB)
The document above outlines all the essential information you need before, during and after your visit.
- Risk assessment COVID-19 secure (247KB)
The above new COVID-19 secure Risk Assessment outlines how our visits will be COVID-safe. This is in addition to our usual Educational Visits Risk Assessment found on our Health and Safety page. Please take the time to read through these risk assessments carefully before creating your own risk assessments for your visit.
- 2m social distancing should be maintained between school ‘bubble’ and our staff/volunteer.
- All lessons will be fully outdoors, there will be no indoor space available apart from access to toilet facilities. Please ensure all students and adults come with appropriate outdoor clothing.
- Please provide each child with a pencil and clipboard to reduce equipment sharing.
- Group may want to bring additional hand sanitiser.
- Some lessons may vary on the day to usual routes or activities. This is being done to reduce potential pinch points with the wider public and to reduce the need for equipment sharing.
Educational visits will take place almost entirely outside, and the use of equipment will be limited. Size of groups will be limited to either one “bubble group” from school, or one class size (whichever is less). Sites may not be operating every day due to staffing Please see the autumn 2020 enquiry form for details.
The following programmes will be available:
- Explore Rivers (KS2) – available at Crowden,Macclesfield Forest and Moorland Discovery Centre
- Explore Rocks & Soils (KS2) – available at Macclesfield Forest and Moorland Discovery Centre
- Explore Peak District – Map Skills (KS2) available Moorland Discovery Centre
- Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology GCSE – available at Edale and Crowden.
- Carbon & Water Cycles (A level) – available at Upper Burbage Bridge
More information on individual sites on the Learning Centres and Sites page.
All other programmes will remain suspended for the present. We are not currently offering EYFS & KS1 field visits. Our charges for field visits remain the same.
Please note our minimum charges for small groups.
Learning in your setting
For those groups who do not feel able to make a visit to us, but would still like to benefit from the expertise of our delivery staff, we will be offering visits to your school setting. This will be available for KS2. Sessions available will include An Introduction to National Parks and Climate Change.
New online learning to support schools. "Ask the Ranger" – Q & A or talks with one of our Learning & Discovery rangers, based around a subject of your choice. These online talks with opportunity for your students to pose questions can by up to 1h and could be on a range of topics such as rivers, rocks and soils, habitats, tourism, national parks. Please contact us for more information.
- An Online ‘Peak District Challenge’ day for KS2, with online input from our Learning & Discovery team, as well as access to online resources to help you explore the habitat around your school, and learn why national parks are important. This would be a day of activity with up to 2h online input from our team.
- A ‘Climate Change Challenge’ learning day for KS2, inspiring children to take climate action and learning how green spaces can be a secret weapon!
- Online lesson plans, resources and videos for you to access in school. Please see our recourses for teachers page on our website
- Coming soon: National Parks UK scheme of work. These are a set of new downloadable activities and lesson plans designed by a leading educational expert to grow school knowledge about one of the UK’s greatest cultural assets, our family of National Parks
CPD for Teachers and Educators
To support the government guidance that "schools should also make use of outdoor spaces in the local area to support delivery of the curriculum", we are able to offer CPD for helping to develop outdoor learning in your setting. We are also hoping to run online CPD sessions. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements