Educational Visits

Educational visits are a key element of the richness and quality of education provision we seek to achieve in Midlothian. These experiences help develop by creating greater independence and encourage the development of our young people. They also help us achieve many of the outcomes of the curriculum for excellence.

“the journey through education for any child in Scotland must include opportunities for a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences”

Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning (2015 Education Scotland)

IMAG1404There are set procedures to be followed for organising safe educational visits for Midlothian Establishments and an educational visit can be classed as ;

“any organised event where children/young people are taken away from their establishment and by being so, are removed from the normal day to day safety management arrangements that are in place at the establishment”

Procedures for planning and the MLC approval system can be found by clicking on the links below.

Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits – click on image to access or via EVOLVE
MLC Local Guidelines – click on image to access or via EVOLVE – Note flowchart and categories amendments below

Details on Training for Visit Leaders & visit coordinators  can be found on the CLPL pages menu and by clicking on the links below;

UPDATE – Dec 2015 – EV1 forms (old paper based system)  have now been discontinued – Click on the Midvisits Evolve link  in the right toolbar to add a visit


Important – A quick start simple flowchart of procedures and explanation of updated visit categories  can be accessed by clicking here 

All other guideline updates are available on the EVOLVE system

IMG-20150424-00041                                                                             Educational Visit Coordinator Training – link to more information Training for each designated offsite trip coordinator  for every educational establishment. This is aimed at those in schools who authorise and approve visits.
 binocular on law Visit Leader Training-link to more information This course is aimed at teachers and educational staff and is a requirement for those who are involved in leading and the planning of off site visits

For further advice please contact Bill Stephen