School trips are a valuable element of pupils’ education. The term covers a wide range of activities, including educational visits to museums and galleries, outings to farms and parks, field trips and adventure breaks to activity centres, and holidays and exchange visits abroad. Such activities are not only educational, they can also inspire and encourage pupils to be resourceful, self-reliant and to develop social skills.

Safety issues are paramount. Preparations for a trip should cover assessing potential risks, planning for emergencies and ensuring suitable insurance cover is in place. Appropriate supervision is also vital, including teachers, extra adult helpers and — where appropriate — specialist instructors.

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