Something like 90% of
schools still run school trips each year, and tens of thousands of us put
ourselves through the hard work of organising and developing the trips, because
of the good that we know it does for the pupils and students we teach.
Which is why, as a result of setting and running the School
Visits news forum last year, I wanted to publish a book on school trips,
covering everything that we had discussed.
And that’s what we have done. It is called “Organising Successful Trips and
Visits: a practical guide for secondary school teachers”, and we’ve made it
available as a download. In that way you
can simply click on the link, and the file drops into the computer, ready for
you to run off as many copies as you want for colleagues across the school.
The book covers all the basic points, from “loco parentis”
to turning the idea into a trip, from transport issues to the letter to the
parents, from staffing issues to kit lists.
In just over 50 pages it gives you all the basics – not
least so that if a colleague in the school is looking to organise a trip for
the first time, he/she will be able to read up on all the key issues presented
in a straightforward way.
Once you have downloaded the book you can place the it on your
own school learning platform, or make copies to hand out to colleagues. There’s no restriction, save that the book is
only for use in your own school.