School trips can be a great way to complement classroom learning and bring subjects to life, as well as providing students with a really memorable and fun experience. It isn’t easy to plan a school trip, but if you are organised and logical in your planning, there is no reason why you won’t be able to pull it off.
Before you do anything else, sit down and make a full, detailed list of everything that needs to be checked, done and remembered in order to make the school trip happen. Everything from student needs, health and safety concerns and equipment to accommodation, insurance and timescales should be included on this list.
Once you have an initial itinerary of activities and events you would like the children to do planned out, you will need to go through it and do a thorough risk assessment on each and every one. Use the school and the government’s guidance on health and safety concerns in order to do this, and make a list of any and all risks. You can then take action to reduce these risks, pack special equipment, or inform parents.
The next thing to do is to work out how many of your colleagues you will need to take with you. You may even need the assistance of parents or other volunteers. Remember, it is always best to have more supervisory staff on your school trip than you think you’ll need than not enough.
Once you’ve tracked down all the equipment you will need and checked out all the details relating to insurance cover, you can sit down and work out a full list of costs for the trip. Next comes informing parents, signing students up, getting official consent from parents and working out how to pay for the trip. After that, accommodation and travel can be arranged.
The key to success when planning educational trips is full and fastidious preparation, so remember this before you go on your school trip and hopefully things will run smoothly.
Holly Day is a widely respected writer who has been writing for 5 over years often writes on Adaptable Travel Website and a wide range of other subjects.
Tags: education, learning, trips, Vacations
June 01 2012 10:19 am | Vacations