This week, I heard about a parent’s disappointment when their child’s much-anticipated residential trip got unexpectedly cancelled. It’s a scenario that sheds light on the broader challenges schools face when organising educational outings. Whether it’s due to financial constraints, bureaucratic red tape, teacher workload, or teacher recruitment issues, addressing these issues is crucial to ensure that students continue to benefit from hands-on learning experiences.
Bureaucratic red tape:
Teacher workload is another significant challenge, with many educators feeling overwhelmed and, in some cases, leaving the profession altogether. To alleviate the burden on teachers, schools can implement measures to support collaborative planning and resource sharing among staff members. Establishing dedicated support staff or committees for trip planning can help distribute responsibilities and ensure that tasks are completed efficiently. To be clear, this requires more than just one school EVC, and rather a working party of teachers who keep documents updated, build relationships with tour operators/coach companies and provide one-to-one support to teachers throughout the trip planning process.
With TripPA, schools can streamline trip planning tasks by creating detailed itineraries, managing student lists for registers, and organising groups efficiently. By simplifying the planning process, TripPA helps ensure that every student has the to embark on these valuable learning adventures.