Daisy Hamilton, a teacher at All Saints Secondary School in Dagenham, describes a trip to Thailand and Cambodia she took with pupils to equip them with some important life skills

With over £380 million being spent with member companies for study, ski and sports trips in 2012 and with no sign of that trend reversing, Ian Pearson of the School Travel Forum asks why are they so popular and how can schools make the most educationally from them?

The tragic coach crash in France earlier this year has once again put school trip safety under the microscope. So how can school leaders ensure that trips are managed and delivered safely?

Learning outside the classroom has become widely recognised as a beneficial part of a balanced and effective curriculum, and there’s new evidence supporting the value of this and residential trips

Teachers have pointed to red tape 
as the single greatest burden when
it comes to organising school
 trips, writes the School Travel Forum

The finalists for the Educational Journey of the Year Award cover numerous areas, from community project work and treks to sports tours and scientific research expeditions. One common thread connects them all; each journey has inspired, challenged and encouraged the young people involved

Earlier this year, a school teacher tragically died when a bus carrying a party of British children crashed in France on their way home from a skiing trip. While the tragedy has once again put school trip safety under the microscope, it is important to acknowledge that these trips have been the highlight of many children’s education for years.

School trips are one of the things school children look forward to during their school life and the experiences and memories from them are extremely durable. A school trip with its natural dynamic environment provides a learning venue that matches their natural inclination to know more about things, engages even those with short attention spans and puts the learning subject in context.

While no one should be complacent, it is clear that the benefits gained on education visits far outweigh the risks involved. Risk assessments play a key role in preparations designed to safeguard the health and safety of pupils on educational visits, writes the ATL.

Brendan Jones, co-founder and former Chairman of the School Travel Forum UK shares his views on the new government guidelines on health and safety for educational trips

Lucia Crothall, education marketing manager, English Heritage, looks at ways to make school trips as easy as possible for those who organise them and as beneficial as possible for all involved

Lucia Crothall, education marketing manager, English Heritage, looks at ways to make school trips as easy as possible for those who organise them and as beneficial as possible for all involved

The Olympics offer teachers the opportunity to enthuse students in a number of different subjects, including sustainability, urban design, healthy eating, regeneration and sports studies

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