A school trip can be a really good experience for your students, and a really good way to complement their classroom learning and teach them more about a topic. However, planning a school trip is never easy. There are many things to consider, but if you take an organised approach, you should be able to manage it.
Making a full and detailed list of everything you need to check, do and remember is the first and most important part of your school trip planning process. Make sure this includes everything from equipment, accommodation (if needed) and costs to student needs, timescales and health and safety concerns.
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.
How many colleagues, volunteers or parents will you need with you on the school trip? This is the next question to ask yourself, and the answer is – the more the better.
Other things you need to plan are your insurance arrangements, as well as costs and equipment. With this information to hand, you can inform students and parents of the trip details and start getting people signed up. Once you’ve worked out how to pay for the trip, you can start to make travel arrangements and book accommodation.
Thorough and fastidious preparation is the key to success when organising school trips. If you remember this before you head off on the trip and plan for every eventuality, the event should be a big hit for students and teachers alike.
Holly Day is a widely respected writer who has been writing for 5 over years often writes on New School Trips Online and a wide range of other subjects.