An ounce of prevention . . .

“Heads of school tell us consistently that a key issue that schools must contend with is the risk associated with trips – whether it’s to a sporting event at a nearby school, a service trip across town, or an international cultural expedition – and everything in between,” says Karim H. Ismail, co-founder of the Climb for Leaders.

So you should consider carefully the impact of a mishap, especially one that could have been preventable. Schools that have been through major mishaps will identify with:1.       Accident or near-death injury to a student (or staff/faculty member)

2.       Psychological impact on other students

3.       Damage to the school’s reputation, impacting enrolment, renewals, donations, recruitment

4.       Significant litigation costs and stress

5.       Significant damages if the school was found to be negligent

6.       Huge increase in insurance premiums (we could go on, but you get the point).

It’s of course human nature to think that major mishaps could not occur to you/your school. Or to think that your planning is air-tight. But is it really? We all know that an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure!

“From our experience working with schools over the last seven years, numerous tough international expeditions, and the BS 8848 expedition standards, we’ve come up with a 49 step assessment tool that you can use to evaluate every single trip you run,” says Karim. “ It takes 5 minutes or so per trip, and provides an instant report showing where a school can easily improve its practices, standards and planning. Then the school can slowly and methodically work on improving these factors, and in a few months or a year, assess their trips again,” he adds.

There is no fee to use this assessment tool, and as always, Climb for Leaders would welcome your thoughts on steps we may have omitted.

To access the online tool, please go to


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