Learning Outside The Classroom – a controversial take

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Adrian Ferraro of the Specialist Travel Consultancy has nailed his colours firmly to the mast by highlighting a number of issues with the LOtC expedition badge scheme and its impact on schools and students. In a recent blog post he suggests that in an attempt to provide clarity and assurance for teachers organising overseas expeditions, the badge actually limits choice solely to those companies whose operational methodology is in line with those that created the scheme, (raising the question of whether this constitutes a conflict of interests). Whilst recognising the need for high standards of safety on overseas expeditions, Adrian suggests the British Standard 8848 more than adequately covers these needs and the extra layers of safety management stipulated by the Badge Scheme is not supported by any hard evidence as to its efficacy, something highlighted in relation to the report on health and safety to be published by Lord Young.

This would make a great debate at an adventure/expedition forum – let’s see it happen.


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