3 top tips for school trips

Oct 10, 2018 by

Planning a school trip isn’t easy – in fact, it’s a bit like attending the end of a wedding…

Except instead of having confetti thrown at you, you’re being wrapped in more red tape than an admin official at an office Christmas party.

And the reason for all these restrictions and mounds of paperwork isn’t hard to understand. You’re looking after other people’s children, and you have to make sure they’re safe.

That’ll mean jumping through a lot of hoops and, in some cases, having your great idea for a trip shot down in flames. But when you manage to plan a journey successfully, it’ll feel as though you’ve struck gold.

This is your chance to provide children, some of whom may have limited world experiences, the trip of a lifetime, to open their minds and expose them to ideas that may challenge their conventional way of thinking.

That’s what makes school trips so important, even if they can be an organizational nightmare.

We want to help you enrich the lives of children. That’s why we’ve put together this miniature list of tips and tricks to make planning a school trip that little bit easier.

Take a look and get planning!

From school to airport

First things first – how are you going to cargo a handful of children from the school all the way to the airport?

It might seem like an obvious question, but it poses a number of obstacles. What if your school doesn’t have a bus? How are you going to negotiate the airport car park?

Bus hire companies are ten-a-penny and many will provide great support for educational institutions. But if you’re using a number of small cars, it may be worth getting in touch with a private parking company like Looking4.com, which provides parking options for airports such as Stansted, Gatwick, Edinburgh and more far flung venues.


You can’t simply take a child out of school for a few days because you fancy dossing about on the beach. Your trip will need some form of educational merit, even if it is ostensibly a fun adventure.

Before you propose your trip idea to anyone, make sure you can justify it to yourself and can thoroughly describe the educational merit it poses.

If there are other teachers in your school who you trust, develop the purpose of the trip with them. Then you’ll be ripe and ready to show it to your superiors.


A school trip isn’t cheap and, as the spending per pupil continues to drop thanks to government cuts, these institutions are reluctant to dole out funding for trips.

You’ve then got two options – place the burden of funding entirely on parents, or apply for funding grants from government initiatives or private bodies.

The choice is yours, but bear this in mind – if a trip is prohibitively expensive, many poorer students won’t be able to go.

Can you think of any other teaching tips for school trips? Then let us know in the comments below.

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