Why we fully endorse the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto

Why we fully endorse the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto

At UK School Trips we can’t endorse The Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto that the Government launched last November enough.

At UK School Trips we can’t endorse The Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto that the Government launched last November enough.

When I look back at my own school days I can tell you in great detail about all of my school trips, even down to what I wore. It was a red polka dot, ra-ra skirt and it was the early 80?so please forgive me. I can remember the intense excitement on the build up to the trip, (Stratford seemed very far away from Dudley when I was 10) I can remember in vivid detail the day of the trip, (Would I get to sit next the pimple faced boy I fancied almost as much as I fancied Nick Heyward? Had I got a wagon wheel in my packed lunch and not yet another breakaway?) and I can tell you in minute detail about the hard work I put into a project on Shakespeare and how proud I felt when it was displayed on the school wall. Now ask me about any lesson in the classroom. Erm ? great big blank! Even though I went on to do very nicely in my O levels (my age is really shining through now) I can?t tell you a thing about a single classroom lesson.

Not because I didn?t enjoy them, but because they were routine and as we all know too much routine gets boring. Taken outside of that routine and put into exciting, new circumstances, children, just like adults, really open up and come into their own. This is where their natural talent and ability gets the chance to shine through and you discover some real hidden gems.

It’s on the trips out where you actually get to express yourself, to develop your own identity and you learn more about relationships and social skills then you could ever dream of learning in the classroom. And to be quite frank its my social skills and ability to build solid relationships with people, much more so then my ability to remember Pythagoras theory (actually I forgot that the day after I sat O level maths) that have got me where I am today. Which is happily married, with a beautiful baby daughter, great friends and a great career.

It?s when we are Learning Outside of the Classroom that we learn ?real? life and we are put in ?real? life situations. I learnt more about my fellow classmates and myself in a five day trip to Astley Burf School Camp then the whole rest of my school days put together. We still talk about that trip now. We even had a song. It was, ?we all live in the huts at Astley Burf? ? sang to the tune of ?We all live in a Yellow Submarine?. I can still remember it and I?m 37 in April, that would be frightening if it didn?t prove my point so well.

Finally ? Everyday I speak to some fantastic people who put their all into the venues where they work and often live. They are so very proud of what they can offer and are waiting to share it with you. There are some excellent places for teachers, lecturers, nursery managers and parents, where your children will see something new, exciting and different and maybe when they are 36 they will still remember what they wore that day, who they fancied on the coach, they may well make up a song with their classmates that they can still sing 27 years later and they may do a fantastic project that you never thought they had in them. Importantly you may learn something great about them that you never knew before and may otherwise have gone unnoticed,

Please, please, please get the children outside the classroom.

Take a look in Tailor Your Trip for lots of ideas relating to your Children?s Age, Location you wish to travel to, type of visit you want and curriculum topics you want to cover. There is something new and exciting for everyone to discover.

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Don?t leave us feeling lonely ? please send us your opinions.

What do you think about the manifesto?

What about your own personal experiences of going on school trips?

What are your experiences of taking children on trips

What types of venues would you like to see more of on www.ukschooltrips.co.uk

Please email me: clare@ukschooltrips.co.uk

By Clare Hunter

The National Justice Museum North

At The National Justice Museum North our inspirational educational visits use authentic courtrooms, museum spaces, objects and archives to help pupils gain a practical understanding

Selly Manor Museum Birmingham

Every year, more than 6000 school children visit Selly Manor. Most of them visit to study the Tudors, but some visit to look at the

Conway Centres – Anglesey

The Conway Centre Anglesey is ideally located within 169 acres of National Trust Parkland, providing educational groups with immersive School Residential experiences in the wild


Thorpe Park in Surrey is a fantastic Theme Park for schools to enjoy, with endless fun thrilling rides, attractions, live events, epic roller coasters and

The Fun Centre Gwynedd

We are an indoor play centre situated inside a 160 year old church, we have been open since July 2000 running a successful business. We

Wild Pines Park Lincolnshire

Wild Pines Park activity centre Lincolnshire is situated in a 9-acre woodland in Market Rasen, programmes are designed for your school’s needs. Outdoor pursuits for

Accommodation YHA Greater London

Much of the YHA hostel network is available for use by groups and schools. We offer both group accommodation that’s great for teacher-led residentials as

Paultons Theme Park Hampshire

Home to 70 rides and attractions, and set in over 140 acres of beautiful gardens, Paultons is the ideal venue for an exciting and stimulating

Accommodation YHA North West

Many of these hostels offer activity or education packages or both. Please scroll down for further details or click on the links to the YHA

Jungle Parc High Ropes Swindon

Jungle Parc Wiltshire is located in the lovely Lydiard Park and offers schools and educational groups an amazing outdoor adventure including high ropes and zip

Zip World Tower South Wales

Zip World escape your classroom, packed with thrilling adventures for all ages & abilities with a wide range of fun activities where pupils can zip,

Conway Centres – Tattenhall

The Tattenhall Conway Centre provides educational groups with Residential School Trip experiences that are not only focussed on the Arts but also on Outdoor Adventure.

Accommodation YHA North East

Much of the YHA hostel network is available for use by groups and schools. We offer both group accommodation that’s great for teacher-led residentials as

Rock UK Carroty Wood

Experience a taste of adventure with over 20 challenging outdoor activities at Carroty Wood in Kent which offers loads of fun -from canoeing to a

Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre is one of the Midlands most popular Outdoor Activity & Education Centres, specialising in day trips for groups of 2-200 students

Immersive Gamebox London Southbank

Experience an immersive and exciting day with your school group at Immersive Gamebox London Southbank. Yout students must work together to achieve the highest score

Immersive Gamebox Manchester

At Immersive Gamebox Manchester your students can dive into a virtual adventure & rediscover the joy of in-person play. With this interactive digital experience, your

DIG An Archaeological Adventure York

Jorvik DIG with four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, Medieval, and Victorian

The Matthew of Bristol

All trips are designed to fit in with the national history KS1 and 2 curriculum. It highlights Bristol’s local history, John Cabot and the discovery

Locomotion County Durham

Welcome to Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham, where schools can learn about the birthplace of the railways and the world’s first railway town.We offer a

Ric Flo Songwriting Workshops

Multi-hyphenate Ric Flo uses the art of rap, creativity and his lived experience in foster care to empower young people and students to inspire them

The Park VR Experience Birmingham

The Park VR Experience in Birmingham is an immersive virtual reality experience that takes entertainment to the to the next level. Enhance your school or

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm Bristol

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Somerset offers students everything they need for an educational, fun-packed, school trip. With over 100 different animal species (from chickens

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a fantastic place to experience a truly breathtaking scenery while on an educational experience with students of all ages. Explore, learn

Reel Cinema Fareham

We offer our cinemas out for school or group bookings to show current releases, a requested film or as a space for presentation purposes. We

Cuffley Camp An Active Learning Centre

A Residential School Trip at Cuffley Camp will include superb accommodation, adventurous activities, and a dedicated refectory providing educational groups with an excellent range of

Laser Quest iCombat Leeds

Laser Quest iCombat is a large laser tag facility based in Leeds, offering everything from individual sessions to large school group bookings.It is a great

Adventure Bristol Activity Centre

Adventure Bristol offers an exciting array of activities for schools & colleges. Think team games, climbing wall, archery & flintstone cars to name a few!

Outdoor Alternative Accommodation

Outdoor Alternative is situated 300m from the coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A family-run business we have been welcoming school, university and

Lydd Kart Circuit Kent

If you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor karting experience, then Lydd Kart Circuit is the place for you! Here, your students will be able to

Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge is a world-famous landmark that provides educational groups with unforgettable school trip experiences. From exploring the high-level walkways to uncovering the history of

Hampstead Heath Schools Programme London

Hampstead Heath Schools Programme offers exciting school trips, where students have the chance to discover a natural environment and various different organisms, while still remaining

Reel Cinema Borehamwood

We offer our cinemas out for school or group bookings to show current releases, a requested film or as a space to use for presentation

Accommodation YHA East of England

Finding the right residential at the right price has never been so easy. With more than 70 Learning Outside the Classroom accredited sites, the most

Carlisle Castle Cumbria

An impressive frontier fortress with 900 years of history – excellent for Medieval, Tudor and Civil War topics. Carlisle Castle provides students with a sense

Reel Cinemas Widnes

We offer our cinemas out for school or group bookings to show current releases, a requested film or as a space to use as a

Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff Wales

Reward your pupils with an extraordinary mini golf adventure at Treetop Adventure Golf in Cardiff. With two indoor 18-hole courses to play students will tackle

Cote Ghyll Mill YHA, Osmotherley

Cote Ghyll Mill is a group accommodation in a converted linen Mill, in the countryside of the North York Moors National Park. For the perfect

Yorkshire Air Museum

Join us for a day of fun, discovery and excitement at the Yorkshire Air Museum where our guides will bring to life over 150 years

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