The finalists for the Educational Journey of the Year Award cover numerous areas, from community project work and treks to sports tours and scientific research expeditions. One common thread connects them all; each journey has inspired, challenged and encouraged the young people involved

Earlier this year, a school teacher tragically died when a bus carrying a party of British children crashed in France on their way home from a skiing trip. While the tragedy has once again put school trip safety under the microscope, it is important to acknowledge that these trips have been the highlight of many children’s education for years.

School trips are one of the things school children look forward to during their school life and the experiences and memories from them are extremely durable. A school trip with its natural dynamic environment provides a learning venue that matches their natural inclination to know more about things, engages even those with short attention spans and puts the learning subject in context.

While no one should be complacent, it is clear that the benefits gained on education visits far outweigh the risks involved. Risk assessments play a key role in preparations designed to safeguard the health and safety of pupils on educational visits, writes the ATL.

Brendan Jones, co-founder and former Chairman of the School Travel Forum UK shares his views on the new government guidelines on health and safety for educational trips

Lucia Crothall, education marketing manager, English Heritage, looks at ways to make school trips as easy as possible for those who organise them and as beneficial as possible for all involved

Lucia Crothall, education marketing manager, English Heritage, looks at ways to make school trips as easy as possible for those who organise them and as beneficial as possible for all involved

The Olympics offer teachers the opportunity to enthuse students in a number of different subjects, including sustainability, urban design, healthy eating, regeneration and sports studies

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