Mark Enser

An ode to the ‘staycation’

We don’t need exotic geography field trips abroad, says Mark Enser. Instead, save time and money by embracing your local environment

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As a geography teacher, nothing fills my heart with joy like the sight of 30 teenagers clutching clipboards and counting cars or studying a beach profile, clinometer in hand. But this scene is in danger: there is a worrying trend in schools up and down the country to shun local delights and instead set off on expensive and exotic field trips abroad.

Many of these trips – offered in the glossy brochures that fill up my school pigeonhole – cost upwards of £1,000. That’s well outside the budget of many parents.

Who gets to go on these trips? I was talking to two students who had come to our ...

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