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No pain, no gain

Planning a school trip can be like pulling teeth if you’re the teacher charged with the task of organising it, so Stephanie Keenan has put together a handy checklist to help minimise your suffering

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If there was a TripAdvisor for school educational visits, the comments from teachers who have organised one in the past would probably be along the lines of “Run screaming for the hills, do not stop to sing Edelweiss or avoid stepping in the cow pat – just keep going”.

Yet I believe the aggravation involved really is worth it. Students love them. They are a life-enhancing experience – one that should be available to all, regardless of background or income. And trips can be great for teachers, too: they’re often fun, rewarding and good for building relationships.

So why the perceived ...

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