Boris Johnson urged to intervene to ‘save outdoor education’

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Boris Johnson is being urged to end a lockdown block on residential school visits or risk destroying the “great British tradition” of outdoor education.

Schools have reopened, as have hotels, but official guidance still advises against overnight educational trips.

Outdoor learning “faces an existential threat”, providers have told the Prime Minister in a letter.

The rules are under review, governments in England, Wales and Scotland say.

But according to the letter from UK Outdoors, which represents 15,000 people and organisations, the continuing freeze on residential school trips could cost almost 6,000 jobs before January.

The letter adds: “We cannot warn the government in strong enough terms that any decision to prevent residential trips for the rest of the academic year, without support, will permanently close the whole sector.”

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Yorkshire students urged to act responsibly by region’s higher education chiefs

Higher education leaders in the region have urged students to act responsibly as hundreds of thousands prepare to start term, Ruth Dacey reports.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 4:45 pm

Updated Monday, 21st September 2020, 4:59 pm

Nearly 200,000 students studied in Yorkshire last year, and the start of this semester will see a two per cent rise of undergraduates starting at universities across the region, compared with last year, according to UCAS.

As the new increased cohort of students, alongside those returning, prepare to start term higher education leaders across the region have warned students to “do the right thing by following the rules”.

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