A Trip Too Far?
This is a great example of when an Educational Visit adds tangible and genuine value to the life experiences of children.
Well prepared and supported by informed and knowledgeable staff the children were able to move beyond their difficulties and experience a day that made their learning real and in context.
My feelings on this are very corporate – but as I have a vested interest in children’s experiences of learning outside school, I wanted to share this with as many people as possible.
An English Trip to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
For the last fourteen years I have taught English to secondary-aged pupils at a Pupil Referral Unit in the Midlands. Many of these students are vulnerable and complex, some are in care, and a large number have severe behavioural difficulties. All of this means that we must be especially cautious when choosing a location for school trip. Notwithstanding the risks, last summer I made the decision to take a KS3 group to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
This was as part of an English topic we were doing on the theme of ‘Performance’. We’d already studied The Globe Theatre, in context, and learned about some of its fascinating history. More importantly, perhaps, we’d looked at extracts from some of Shakespeare’s plays and also studied plot synopses and analysed a selection of quotes.
Now, I must confess that I was dreading this trip. As the…
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