Kate Townshend & Katie White

Your complete school trip behaviour guide

Primary teacher Kate Townshend and secondary teacher Katie White share their tips on keeping challenging children in check while you’re out and about

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Let’s start at the very beginning, as Maria von Trapp once wisely suggested: the coach. At its worst, we’re talking about hours stuck inside a metal box with no air conditioning, endlessly reminding children not to lean out of their seats as they sing Pharrell Williams’ Happy for the 95th time.

The key is to pick your battles. Anything unsafe, then, of course, you have to intervene. Anything that counters school rules on bullying or conduct, again, you need to get the teacher voice ready. But if the children are safely strapped in, you just have to steel yourself against other minor ...

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