Trips and Visits Pocketbook
By Jane West
Teachers Pocketbooks pound;6.99
Anything that helps teachers overcome doubts about taking children out of school is to be welcomed. It's still true that if a school trip is well organised, risk-assessed and run in accordance with guidelines at three key levels - school, local authority and national - there's little to fear.
Jane West covers all the angles here. She's particularly good on line management: the school should have a senior member of staff with overall responsibility as "educational visits co-ordinator". But, as she points out: "Although the EVC is an important resource, it is not their job to plan the trip for you." That's your job, and you'll find Jane West's book a useful addition to the official documents.
One additional piece of advice: do not plan a trip that stretches your disciplinary capabilities. Keeping today's adolescents in check and on task on a residential trip, for example, is highly challenging. I know people who can do it, and I know some, including me, who shouldn't and wouldn't try.