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Susan found herself volunteering for a school trip in her new job. She shares how the day went. 

I've thrown myself right into my schools extra curricular provision. When an email came around asking for a volunteer to go gliding I responded with a huge yes. So last week we took 10 pupils who had won a school challenge last year to Hampshire to try gliding for the day. What a great way to get to know some pupils and another member of staff.

We had an amazing day in the September sun, and despite the long drive from Dagenham to Basingstoke, the kids were a credit to the school being very well behaved, thoroughly enjoying this rare opportunity given to them, and I got to go gliding myself. Staff did have to pay may I add.

I'm writing this because having supplied for a year it's these kind of trips I missed. No supply teacher is going to get paid to go on a trip. The school staff get that privilege (and rightly so) and supply stay and cover the lessons. I've always been pro trips. I mean, when else will East London kids get the chance to go gliding for the day, its just not something most of their parents could afford.

Unfortunately, my previous full time school that became a business run academy, became so concerned about results and procedures that staff were discouraged from trips and the kids missed out. Such a shame. Kids need to experience life skills, challenges, various activities which will help mold their personalities not cocoon them in a school building. I mean all staff like to go on trips as well but we can do that in our own time, the children cant.

My advice to anyone is volunteer for trips, get to meet pupils in less formal situations and let them see you are fun and a human too. Then if you're brave enough organise a trip yourself. It will boost your 'street cred' as well as pupils knowledge and experience. They may forget to thank you after, children being children and all that, but they will never forget the experience you gave them! And that is why I became a teacher, as I am sure many of you did, to inspire our youth.

Have you been on a school trip recently? Where did you go? Do you have a story to share with it? Email Megan at for more information. 

Susan is an experienced secondary teacher who has worked as a supply teacher with our Chelmsford branch.

Tags: SusanW, Chelmsford, Secondary

Category: Australian Teachers

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