16 children on a holiday for 5 days ? Sounds like Hell. I fail to see how a dog could make that any worse... I guess the children might slaughter it and eat it, so there is some risk.
Right OR Wrong?
Massively over-reacting. Ten years ago my teachers took dogs with them on walking / cycling trips and none of us got bitten*.
We fell off, fell into rivers, grazed knees, got sunburnt despite wearing sunblock, then in the evenings we watched films while the teachers had a pint or two. Funnily enough, our parents didn't care or complain about this.
We had a science teacher who used to take us away during the school holidays on museum trips, camping, walking, all sorts. He had a cottage up in Shropshire so we'd all camp in his back garden. I remember him and another teacher taking us potholing in Derbyshire once (neither of them had any qualiications in caving whatsoever and in fact we had to rescue one of the teachers when he got stuck in a particularly tight section of cave!).
It was usually about 6-8 of us kids (we were all 15-16), he used to ask the ones he knew wouldn't be any trouble and were interested enough to go on educational trips like that.
It was great but sadly I can't see that ever happening nowadays. But that teacher taught us all about navigation, star gazing, map reading... We even used to pick mushrooms (under his guidance) and cook them up for tea, BBQ in his back garden. Also with his dog running around.
How did we ever survive?
Massively over-reacting. Ten years ago my teachers took dogs with them on walking / cycling trips and none of us got bitten
I have never been bitten by a dog or stabbed with a knife or raped so i can safely assume neither of things ever happen
I fail to see how a dog could make that any worse.
Less than one week ago teachers dog attacking a pupil - can you see now?
Again I dont see a huge problem per se amd I would not have worried were it my kids but the school does IMHO and IME need to mention this to parents as it is a risk.
If the teachers led the MTB session I would be interested in seeing the risk assessment and insurance for that- PS I went on one on my own bike but I was not leading it in any way shape or form- as I was awesome naturally I took the rigid SS:wink: - I think this is more likely to be the case
EDIT: just for clarity the risk assesmnet culture largely arose because parents would sue the school/education authority for minor injuries that could occur on any any activity and the pay out was related to the risk assessment and what you had done to minimise the risks. the fact you had informed the parents of the risk also mitigated the liability. It was never the LEA or the teachers going - you know what we need masses of Risk Assessment
RE the teacher and the cottage - it is a shame we cannot do stuff like that anymore but I would personally be terrified of the consequences fo doing that these days from a grooming claim to a personal liability claim for injury.
Tis a shame but the public gets waht the public wants
What if there had been a Muslim child there?
More likely to be killed by their own religious nutters than a teachers dog looking at what happened in Nigeria today. Dozens of schools have been burned in attacks by Islamists since 2010.
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