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School trip tips: Effective planning and organising

Gill Harvey offers her advice on planning and running educational and safe school trips, including tips for schools that decide to work with a tour operator or other provider

Organising a school trip can be a daunting challenge. The paperwork burden, risk minimisation and need to secure buy-in from parents can put many teachers off the prospect of offering learning outside the classroom experiences to their pupils.

However, research from the Learning Away project in 2015 found that travel helps children to develop their sense of independence, experience new cultures and bond with their classmates.

While the planning and arranging of a school trip can be seen as stressful and time-consuming, there are ways to streamline the process and ensure that the trip runs smoothly.

Equally, parents will buy into an itinerary with strong educational content alongside enjoyable, interactive and hands-on visits. So, here are some tips from members of the School Travel Forum to help you achieve a safe and educational school trip.

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