Kate Townshend

All in the planning

Careful planning is about minimising risk and making sure that the time spent out of the classroom is worthwhile

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Things will go wrong,” states Richard Bullard, headteacher of Combe Down Primary School in Bath and veteran of more school trips than he can possibly count. That may seem like an overly negative way to start a chapter on how to plan to ensure things go right on a school trip, but any experienced teacher will tell you that planning properly does not rule out mishaps, nor should it be expected to.

Proper planning is about minimising, rather than eradicating, risk and about making sure that the time spent out of the classroom is worthwhile. Bullard is just being realistic – you need to focus on ...

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