Surviving away trips
Scripture Union Scotland, which runs its own activity centres at Lendrick Muir, near Kinross,and Altnacriche, near Aviemore, has produced a short survival guide for school staff:
* When choosing a centre, ask how big the dorms are, as smaller rooms are easier to manage;
* Find out what happens in the evening - some centres offer a full programme until supper time, leaving teachers time to recover;
* Make sure the pre-supper activities are relaxing. If you have the opportunity, take the children outdoors - returning to a snug environment for bedtime;
* In the event of indiscipline, taking a child out of their bedroom is a last resort. Warn them they will have to get dressed and sit with teachers (how uncool is that?)I Scripture Union Scotland will have a stand at the Scot-tish Outdoor Learning Festival on Monday.