Policies in Education

Excursions are recognised as important activities in the overall education provided by the school. Therefore they are an essential part of the curriculum. A focus on outcomes education means that there will be an emphasis on students displaying skills that are observed by the teacher/facilitator. Excursions play an important role in providing educational experiences outside the school setting.

The policy document I have used for this analysis is the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) Excursions Policy, 2009.   ttps://www.det.nsw.edu.au/policies/student_admin/excursions/excursion_pol/PD20040010.shtml.
I have included three hypothetical scenarios that will offer insight into the implementation of the policy. They will help explain why it is important that the teacher be familiar with the policy and procedures and how it would assist in managing various situations on an excursion.
The first scenario deals with the planning of an excursion, the second with problems that can arise during an excursion, and the third deals with planning the transport for a school activity.
The apparent rationale for this policy is to ensure that all excursions provide the opportunity for students to engage in education in a way not available on the school campus.   Excursions take place out of school premises, but the students are still in the care of the teachers. They need to have a new set of procedures which ensures the students' safety and learning opportunities, plus safeguarding the teachers, should any of the guide lines be violated. Whenever learning takes place outside the normal learning environment there poses risks to students, teachers and school staff. The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) Excursions Policy is directed at managing such risks.
It has clear and concise set of objectives. One such objective is that of the educational value as established in the policy and states that “the educational value of an excursion must take account the...