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29. OUTDOOR EDUCATION UNIT Educational Visits and Offsite Activities Farm Visits – Additional Guidance KCC’s Regulations and Guidance for the Safe Practice of Offsite Activities (CD) provides clear guidance on the organisation of a farm visit in Section A10: Farm / Industrial Visit. Whilst this guidance is still current, it is important to recognise that further advice has subsequently been produced by a number of organisations including the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These documents which supplement KCC Regulations and Guidance are available to download from the following websites. 1. DfES: A Handbook for Group Leaders (Part 3 of a 3-Part Supplement to Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits). http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?id=2578 2. HSE: Avoiding Ill Health at Open Farms – Advice to Farmers (with Teacher’s Supplement). http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais23.pdf Resources In addition both the DfES and the HSE have produced a number of educational resources applicable to farm visits. These are available from the following websites. 1. Growing Schools. The DfES Growing Schools website has been designed to support teachers in using the ‘outdoor classroom’ as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages. http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/growingschools/ 2. Stay Safe on the Farm. A HSE downloadable magazine / series of worksheets that can be used to educate pupils about farm safety in a fun way. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/staysafe.pdf 3. Farm Safe. The homepage of the HSE Farm Safe Campaign designed to keep children safe on farms. The site includes areas for activities and downloads. http://www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns/farmsafe/ January 2006 (Version 1) \\Bc041360\d\ARHworkarea\Offsite Doc\Updates 1202 onwards\Guidance sheets\Farm Visits.doc
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