The Youth Hostel Association explains ways to fund residential trips and the many benefits overnight trips can bring

School trips allow pupils to improve relationships with their teachers and each other, as well as enhance their confidence. But, the costs and time involved in organising trips can be a challenge.

Mark Hardy, chair of API, discusses what support and resources are out there to help schools improve their play and sports facilities.

Griffin Primary School students watering trees

The Woodland Trust’s Liz Carney explores the behavioural and educational benefits of getting pupils out of the classroom, planting trees and engaging with their natural environment.

Are you making the most of your outside space?

Stepping outside of the classroom door carries an abundance of opportunities to enhance pupil learning and development, says Mark Hardy of the Association of Play Industries.

Many schools need to re-align their understanding back to the basic principle of a school trip – to bring a sense of experience and enjoyment to learning. Gill Harvey of the School Travel Forum explores the benefits of cross-curricular learnings in an outdoor setting.

The theatre can enhance educational learning, open up opportunities and improve a pupil’s involvement in creative subjects, says The National Theatre’s Alice King-Farlow.

Get Set for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association outline their youth engagement programme Get Set.

Why playgrounds are an essential part of primary school life

Play is more than just the chance to run around outside for a quarter of an hour. Play is just as importance in the development of a pupil’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development as classroom learning, says Neil Coleman of Outdoor Play and Learning CIC.

While the majority of parents and schools recognise the benefits of their children learning about and from the outdoors, there is a dramatic reduction in time spent out of the classroom. BESA’s Mark Rosser invites member Mark Brown of TG Escapes to question why there is no improvement and offer his advice to schools on reaping the benefits of the outdoor learning environment.

Educational trips can broaden students horizons. Jane Cooper, of the Countryside Education Trust in the New Forest, regularly witnesses how school trips can connect people with the countryside. Having hosted thousands of school visits over the last 40 years, she shares her experiences

Gill Harvey, general manager of the School Travel Forum, offers advice for making school trip planning as thorough and worry-free as possible.

Outdoor learning can improve a child’s attainment, health and well-being. Groundwork’s Stacey Aplin looks at what support is out there to help get schools teaching outside.

Linking literacy and the great outdoors

Linking the outdoors to literacy is at the heart of the brand new Alex Rider Spy Academy. YHA gives Education Business an insight into the programmes success so far.

Allowing the stage to bring Shakespeare to life

Theatre trips offer far more than a day out of school. Georghia Ellinas, head of learning at Globe Education, explains why the study of the Bard should be both accessible and exciting, and how it can benefit what is taught in the classroom.

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