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1. Benefits of school trips
Parents should seek to understand the benefit of school trips despite the growing concern over child safety and health and safety regulations in British schools. School trips are incredibly valuable for a child’s all-round development.
The main benefit is one of maturity, which comes from being in an unusual environment and having to take on more responsibility away from their parents and a structured school environment.
2. Maturity in the child
Traveling away from the school and classroom environment has enormous benefits that cannot be matched at the school. Being away from school on a trip, particularly in an “alien” environment like the countryside for city children, or a foreign country forces children out of their comfort zone whick makes them to misbehave and to adapt. This brings with it a maturity in the child. Plus there is the dimension of social skill development, teamwork, trust, and bonding.
Parents and teachers can see in just a few days the effect on a pupil’s view of themselves and their willingness to take responsibility and step out of their comfort zone. Shy students are often found to act much more confidently in the new setting where they can express themselves more.
3. Learning on school trips
A new setting for learning activities can inspire pupils to take up a new activity and try things out of the ordinary, leading to finding new interests and passions, as well as giving strong reference points to trying new things in general. Learning on school trip is much more active rather than passive classroom learning, too, which may suit certain students better because of the different learning styles.
Parents need not be too concerned about accidents, which while possible are generally no more likely than when traveling to and from school in the UK! Schools have to keep to strict guidelines in preparing for field trip as well, meaning there is plenty of attention to detail when thinking about risks.
The School and Families committee in the UK have been critical in the past of the lack of school trips for many state primary and secondary schools. Often the more wealthy private schools in the UK have more school trips offered to pupils.
Whether it is seeing a subject come to life outside the classroom, bonding more strongly with other students, or experiencing a different part of life, learning way from school can be extremely beneficial. In summary, school trips are great for academic as well as social education in a child’s development.