Heads outline importance of school field trips

Children from Swanbourne House School in a science lesson
Children from Swanbourne House School in a science lesson
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HEADTEACHERS at Swanbourne House School have commented on teachers who do not arrange experiments and field trips for their students.

Julie and Stephen Goodhart, who are trained in outdoor education said children needed trips for learning and their well-being.

Mrs Goodhart said: “Children need to engage with the outdoors for their whole lives. The outdoors is not just a resource, it is way of life.

“The presence or lack of field trips in schools hinges on confidence and leadership. For some teachers, high profile legal cases, sometimes union advice and a lack of support through leadership has made the running of field trips and experiments seem like a risk to your whole job.”

She added at Swanbourne House planning for field trips was checked and staff members were trained on how to carry out risk assessments.