Nancy Gedge

Collywobbles over clifftops shouldn’t lead to exclusion

Planning a great school trip can often end up being an exercise in risk assessment – but we must be careful not to leave out disabled children

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I don't know about you, but I have never led a school trip without scoping it out first. My poor, long-suffering husband and children have visited all manner of museums and historical and cultural places, gone on all sorts of long walks and explored all over so I could see what was what, making the odd quiz or treasure hunt as I went.

My family don’t complain too much and, being a primary teacher and all, I have got the knack of making things interesting down to a fine art. And when you only take your own children, rather than 30-odd of someone else’s, the risks involved in any out-of-school ...

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