Traditionally school trips were a day out at a local museum or a weekend in Wales or some other part of the UK. However, they have now become something far more exotic. The majority of schools – but in particular independent ones – offer trips that you would be forgiven for mistaking as a 5-star holiday.
Trips can now be as a varied as an Antiguan cricket tour, winter sports in Lapland, turtle conservation in Costa Rica and language tours to Cuba. The options are limitless. Despite the wide range of choice and the exotic countries and continents they take in, some parents will question if these trips add anything to their child’s education and will question if they are worth the often exceptionally high cost.
The new trips are an unforgettable experience that expose your children to new landscapes, cultures and religions. At a young age these experiences could have a long lasting beneficial effect. Not only does the student benefit from the experiences available in the new country they also benefit by being independent. Being away like this will helps youngsters to cope better and function as individuals, while also having benefits in social skills too. They will be forced to communicate with peers and teachers more, improving relationships and getting a better understanding of human interaction.
There has also been a lot of research that has shown that residential trips boost the overall attainment levels of children. This demonstrates that even though these new educational excursions may not feature strict academic teaching, they can actually have a positive effect on how your child does in exams.
The cost of these trips is no small matter though. They can be over £1500 per child – representing a huge cost for parents, especially ones with more than one child. Despite the clear benefits that these trips do have many will wonder if they are really worth the money. Family holidays are often touted as a reason that exotic school trips are unnecessary but the independence on family trips and chances to explore are more limited. Remember school trips are optional and it is entirely up to the parent whether their child participates. If you don’t think your child will benefit, then you do not have to send them.
School outings certainly have changed and moved in to a very exotic world that provides diverse experiences with many upsides for a child’s development but whether or not a trip to Cuba as a teenager or Antigua is beneficial is for the parent to decide.
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