Poorer pupils missing out on residential school trips

Schools with higher numbers of pupils on free school meals (FSM) run fewer residential trips, according to research published this week.

A survey of around 400 secondary school leaders found that state-funded schools are running an average of 2.8 residential trips a year.

This is higher than the independent school average of 2.4 residential trips a year. However, the research suggests that schools with the highest number of students on FSM run on average 1.9 trips a year, compared to 2.9 for those with low FSM numbers.

The findings echo a research report from think-tank LKMco last year. It found that only one in five secondary and primary pupils go on residential trips each year and that students in the most disadvantaged areas had the fewest opportunities to take part. This was partly due to cost and partly due to the fact that they are more likely to live in areas where fewer residential trips are available.

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