School Trips: Challenging but Necessary
A well-rounded education has long been heralded by parents and teachers as the best recipe for learning and school trips are certainly an important part of this. Whether it is indoors or outdoors, around the corner or overseas, for one day or a week, a school trip is something that supports children in their overall understanding of the world around them and the significance of the subjects they are studying.
Oxford University researchers recently carried out a study into boosting young people’s results at school and found that trips to labs or museums could improve science grades for secondary school pupils. So, it seems educational experiences away from the regular learning environment can prove highly stimulating for children, particularly those who may struggle in the classroom.
School Trips Necessary for All Learners
It is widely appreciated that we all learn in different ways – some children will respond better to visual stimuli, whereas others will want to read about a topic in depth to understand it. And some, will need to experience something in order to retain lasting information.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Auditory learners will respond well to traditional teaching methods and learn at their best when instructions are read out to them and information is presented or requested verbally.
Visual learners need to see something to understand it. They will respond well to diagrams and charts and will enjoy presenting work that involves written notes and assignments.
Kinesthetic learners need to touch, feel and experience the material at hand. They take on information most effectively when they participate.
A school trip can give teachers and students the opportunity to explore and embrace all of these learning types in one go, something which is more difficult in the general, day-to-day classroom environment.
Challenges for Schools
School trips then, play an important part in a child’s overall education and yet one of the challenges that schools face, aside from the actual co-ordination of taking large numbers of students outside the school gates safely and orderly, is getting payments in from parents on time to secure bookings. Without sufficient interest or payment, these visits cannot go ahead. One way to reduce the risk of cancellation is to allow parents to pay in instalments for more expensive trips – such as overseas and residential visits. But how do you keep track of multiple payments and amounts outstanding?
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With our school payments system you can set up and send requests for school trip payments, see at a glance what is outstanding by class or year group and issue hassle-free refunds to parents if their children are no longer able to attend the trip.
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