Date lodged: 23 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a national inclusion policy for (a) vulnerable and (b) disabled students when planning class trips.
Answered by: John Swinney 2 August 2018
The Scottish Government is clear that school trips should be inclusive and this is supported by guidance. The Education Scotland guidance on outdoor learning https://education.gov.scot/Documents/cfe-through-outdoor-learning.pdf includes a section on inclusion and equality when planning to take groups outdoors.
Further, there was a recent consultation on guidance on Excellence and Equity: Guidance on the Presumption of Mainstreaming https://consult.gov.scot/supporting-learners/presumption-of-mainstreaming/user_uploads/sct04173422181.pdf and the document includes the expectation that all children and young people should have the opportunity to participate and engage as fully as possible in all aspects of school life, including school trips and extracurricular activity.