Outdoor education is back – where should we go?
We all remember our school trips, days and sometimes weeks away from the classroom, for many the first time being away from home. Sadly, many have missed out on these fantastic educational visits over the last year.
Time away from home with their peers with the football academy or perhaps a few days at a countryside outdoor activity centre have been sorely missed over the last 12 months, but the good news is that outdoor education is coming back!
The DfE (Department for Education) recently released updated guidance for the return of educational visits. Starting with day visits from the 12 April and the expectation that domestic residential trips can resume from the 17 May (subject to the roadmap being met). Whilst this is specific to England, other nations are preparing similar approaches.
You can read the full info from the DfE here
Trips of course aren’t only organised by schools. If you’re involved with any of these types of groups you will also have been restricted until now:
- Brownies & Guides
- Cubs & Scouts
- Brigades & Cadets
- Youth Groups
- Sports Clubs
- Faith Groups
- Netball, Hockey, Football and other teams
- Private groups
- Choirs and performing arts groups
What trips should we plan?
Most outdoor centres and attractions that cater for educational trips across the UK have been closed since the first COVID lockdown in March 2020, many of those are now at risk of financial failure and permanent closure. As restrictions are relaxed schools and groups will be able to organise day and residential trips across the UK, and those venues will be very happy to welcome young people back.
It’s probably fair to accept that the majority of school trips in 2021 will be taken domestically. Here’s a few ideas our team have put together.
The great outdoors
For team building and developing a sense of adventure, you can’t beat an outdoor activity centre. We are lucky in the UK to have many of these centres, all set in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Whether it’s rock climbing, paddleboarding or bushcraft you are looking for the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA) has all the information you need.
Recent news has seen a lot of discussion about the Duke of Edinburgh awards, especially the expeditions and activities that young people undertake to qualify for their award. A resumption of DofE activities will be welcomed by many.
Museums and theatres have had a tough year. Educational visits are a huge element of their income and whilst many have provided virtual visits its just not the same as being there. Many of the museums in the UK are free to enter, whilst most of them also offer some form of education package which includes onsite learning plans. As for the theatre, what better way to bring a book read in the classroom to life than to see it played out on the stage.
The adrenalin seekers
Maybe it’s time to let your class or group unwind. They’ve had a year unlike any other, so let’s go wild!
There are more than 200 theme parks in the UK, the perfect way to satisfy the adrenalin junkies and for your group to let their hair down. UK School Trips has info on the majority of them, with lots of them including educational elements to your day out.
Sun, sea and surf school! Ok, we are talking about domestic trips so the sun maybe isn’t guaranteed, but that doesn’t stop the adventure for those learning a new skill like surfing – there’s lots of surf schools around the UK to choose from.
The club tournament
For those that are members of football, netball, hockey or cheer teams, there’s lots of opportunity for tournaments and events. Some of those are residential regional or national events. It will be great to see those tournament trophy’s being lifted again!
Learning history in the classroom only gets you so far. The ability to visit places of historic interest brings those lessons to life. There are hundreds of Castles and museums across the UK that offer hands-on learning opportunities. Most offer tours, talks, interactive exhibitions and workshops interlinked with the national curriculum
Make those memories last longer
Here at the School Leavers Company, we are famous for our School Leavers Hoodies, but that’s not all we do. If your school or group is organising a trip we are able to provide you with custom-designed hoodies or t-shirts.
Make your group stand out amongst the crowds with our school trip hoodies. Not only are they practical garments to wear on trips, but they also make for a perfect memento to be worn months and years after.
No matter what type of trip you are organising, we’ve got the best custom trip hoodies for you. Talk to our friendly team today for more information.
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