​The purpose of this website is to provide advice and guidance for schools and other education establishments on the planning, organisation and supervision of outdoor education and external visits.

The content of this site is updated and maintained by the Corporate Health & Safety Unit of Somerset County Council.

The CHSU team are available to offer additional assistance and guidance on all aspects of outdoor education and external visits.  Please contact:

The CHSU Office
B2 South (B/C Link)
Somerset County Council
County Hall

Telephone: 01823 355089
Email: oea@somerset.gov.uk

Further assistance and guidance are available from the Somerset Outdoor and Residential Learning Service.  Please contact:

Somerset Outdoor and Residential Learning Service
The Kilve Court & Charterhouse Centres
Kilve Court Residential Education Centre

Telephone: 01278 741270
Email: KilveCourt@somerset.gov.uk
Website: www.kilvecourt.co.uk

External Visit Coordinator Training - This course is available to staff in education settings who are involved in or approve outdoor education and off-site activities.

The course is run at Charterhouse or Kilve Court and is a full day course with lunch and refreshments provided.  

If you would like to book a place on this course please contact Support Services for Education on 03001237365 or via e-mail SSE@somerset.gov.uk​ ​  

External Visit Leader Training - a new course designed to support individuals who lead on outdoor education and off-site activities. The day course aims to provide guidance and support to leading quality outdoor education activities and the training will also include a mock off-site visit.

If you would like to book a place on this course please contact the training team via e-mail training@somerset.gov.uk

EV3 Holders - for details of who is registered as a Somerset County Council approved leader for outdoor activities, please contact Graham Bowley on (01823) 359525 or e-mail gjbowley@somerset.gov.uk