The Outdoor Education Unit
The aim of the KCC Outdoor Education Unit is to support schools, youth groups and other types of educational provision to develop, plan and manage high quality and safe Educational Visits and Adventurous Activities, and to help develop and promote Outdoor Learning as part of children and young peoples' learning and development.
The Outdoor Education Unit was established in 2003 and now works with over 550 schools and other educational establishments including Community, Foundation and Academy schools, Pupil Referral Units, and KCC's Early Help and Preventive Services provision.
We also provide an extensive range of CPD and INSET training for over 200 teachers and other staff each year, supporting schools to develop and integrate Outdoor Learning into the Curriculum.
The KCC Educational Visits Approvals and Notification Process -
Visits that include an overnight stay and/or adventurous activities must obtain Kent County Council approval via the e-Go online system . Visits that involve travelling to locations outside of Kent and do not include adventurous activities or a residential element must be recorded via e-Go as a notification.
The documents below explain more about our role and the guidance we offer.
- Role and responsibilities of the Outdoor Education Unit (PDF, 342.9 KB)
- Notification and approval process (PDF, 288.3 KB)
- Local authority vetting guidance (PDF, 144.7 KB)
Finding an outdoor education provider
There are now 1000's of vetted providers on the e-Go database in Kent, across the UK and the world.
Read information on how to find an outdoor education provider.
Contact the Outdoor Education Unit if you have any queries about visits outside of the classroom.
Telephone: 03000 410901
Address: The Swattenden Outdoor Centre, Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3PS