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Lower your costs, not your expectations

School trips can still be educational and fun, even if they’re done on a shoestring, says Richard Bullard

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As a child, I had no idea of the cost of school trips. I don’t think I ever considered the strain it doubtless put on my parents’ purse. But as a headteacher, at a time of unprecedented funding constraints, I am now always thinking about the cost of a day or longer out of school.

It’s sad that it has come to penny counting but, along with every other school I’m sure, we are now very careful about what trips we plan and how much they cost. We can’t afford to subsidise them and I am acutely aware that we can’t keep expecting parents to cough up cash.

But this has not meant the end of school ...

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