Why the dip in school trips?

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Over the past few years, schools have seen a decline in school trips, particularly those that involve going abroad.

School trips such as the foreign exchange are facing extinction - a British Council survey in 2014 found that only 39pc of schools are still running them and this figure is sure to have dropped over the past three years.

Many schools are fearful to take their students outside of the UK, due to the possibility of terrorist offences.

Other teachers have found that there is simply too much paperwork and admin that they do not have the time to organise a trip while still having to teach at a high standard.

As for the exchange, the bureaucracy around carrying out checks on host families is proving too much for some.


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Although there are many factors forcing schools to stop trips abroad, I personally believe the experience you have when you are on a trip overrules these concerns.

In year nine, I took part in the German exchange to Frankfurt and it was one of the most entertaining, eye-opening and educational experiences of my life.

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It was this trip that blossomed my love for languages and encouraged me to take German at GCSE and now A-level.

Due to being a large family, holidays abroad are a struggle.

So going on this trip was a cheaper method of broadening my cultural awareness and visiting a new country.

As well as a decrease in school trips, languages are also becoming foreign in certain schools, but putting on a trip abroad could highly increase the amount of students interested in languages, as well as helping those who already learn a language improve their skills.

• What do you think? Should we still have school trips abroad? Tell us in the comments section below.

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