On trips, put plans in place to ensure the wanderers return

Risk assessments for school visits should ensure that students who get lost have the means to contact staff, says Keziah Featherstone

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Without a doubt, developing students’ independence is a central part of education, but as I’ve learned as a parent, this is easier said than done. When I was 10, I’d play happily with my friends, unsupervised, down by the canal. Yet now I have palpitations when my 10-year-old daughter walks home from school by herself.

The summer term typically brings a glut of amazing school trips that are perfect for building independence: science museums, art galleries, trips to the beach, theme parks. Some may even be abroad – just make sure it isn’t one of those adventures where you discover you’ve left a ...

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