Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill

Closes 4 Sep 2024

Opened 3 Jul 2024


The Education, Children and Young People Committee is scrutinising the Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 20 June 2024 by Liz Smith MSP, the Member in Charge, and its aim is to ensure that young people have the opportunity to experience residential outdoor education.

Find out more about the Bill

About this call for views

We're particularly keen to hear from:

  • children and young people
  • teachers
  • residential outdoor education providers
  • parents
  • local authorities and COSLA
  • academics

Key questions in this call for views

  1. Do you agree that every local authority school pupil and pupils in grant-aided schools should have the opportunity to attend a course of residential outdoor education? If so, what are your views on the Bill’s proposal that this consists of four overnight stays and five days, not necessarily consecutive?
  2. The Bill does not stipulate what pupils should be entitled to this residential outdoor education as this will be set out in guidance, although the member’s preference is that this should apply to all pupils between P6 and S4. What are your thoughts on the stage at which pupils should be entitled to this residential outdoor education? Do you think this should be set in guidance or should it be on the face of the Bill?
  3. The Bill requires the Scottish Government to provide funding for the provision of residential outdoor education. What do you think about this measure?
  4. Any other comments?

How to submit your views

Please submit your views using the online submission form, linked to below.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

The call for views closes on 4 September 2024.


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