Are Primary School Trips Worth The Money?

Primary School TripsMy 11-year-old son has come home with a permission slip for a school trip to France in a few months. It will cost us £350 in total. I used to love school trips when I was a kid, but I don’t remember them being so expensive. What are your thoughts?

You’re certainly not alone in questioning the value of primary school or secondary school trips. It’s not uncommon for parents to feel the pressure as soon as they’re faced with a permission slip and the words “cheque must be made payable to…”

You aren’t imagining a price hitch, according to one recent survey, parents pay an average of £286 for a primary school trip, while the average cost of a secondary school trip is £1,411. School trips have certainly increased in price over the years, but then again, so has everything else.

With the rising cost of fuel, and expense of taking children on holiday during term time, it can be difficult to keep costs as low as they were 20 years ago. However, there are organisations which specialise in providing affordable school trips without sacrificing quality. These companies can offer great quality trips designed to offer pupils an educational and rewarding break from the classroom.

Safety and security are paramount when organising a school trip, and some of the cost of the trip will go towards ensuring that your child will be safe the whole time, without any enjoyment being lost.

Whether your child is to climb the Eiffel Tower during a 3 day trip to Paris or visiting the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, they’re bound to be filled with inspiration and appreciation when they return home.

While it is of course possible to learn plenty in the classroom, there is no substitute for actually getting out and experiencing things in the wider world. School trips provide children with the opportunity to face a range of challenged that contribute towards their personal development. They’ll also

benefit from some time spent with their classmates away from home. Children tend to think that they know their fellow pupils pretty well from time spent together in classrooms, but by living with them for a short period of time, they can learn about leadership, team work, trust and respect.

School trips abroad can inspire children and give them a better insight of what they want to do in the future. Learning outside the classroom is a great way of broadening their knowledge, giving them a sense of independence and encouraging them to respect other cultures.

School trips not only help students to thrive, but they also help schools to succeed. By providing pupils with a dynamic environment and breaking out from traditional routines, schools can offer their pupils that little bit extra and give them something to look forward to.

If you’re ever unsure about how worthwhile a school trip is likely to be, it’s important to ask lots of questions. Contact your child’s teacher and they’ll give you plenty of insight into the events planned.