At Eyewitness Tours we have a particular insight into the issues schools face when they become involved in running a day trip or residential opportunity. Mike Scott and Andy Thompson were teachers for around 30 years – you never stop being a teacher in your heart and head. As Head of History and Head of Humanities, Mike believed in the importance of Learning outside of the Classroom (LOC) before the term was invented. He ran at least one day trip each term for each subject for which I was responsible – History, Geography, RE, PSHE. He organised a residential opportunity at least once per year.
Per person per day
WW1 Battlefields & Normandy
Netherlands Geographical Features
For the last ten years of his career, Mike was Director of Co-Curricular Activities and EVC in a boarding school. He was responsible for overseeing the organisation of 30-40 trips per week and a minimum of 20 residential tours per year. These included tours that he led in Europe, Africa and India, but also supporting colleagues as they organised tours across the world. Much has changed since he began taking my pupils on trips. But not the importance of addressing the wider educational needs of pupils. To support schools in developing tours, we offer pre-tour visits, help with developing resources for your tour, guides/tour managers who are experienced both in the area to which you are travelling but also in working with school groups. Our aim is to work with you to as you identify your learning objectives and outcomes and then facilitate a successful tour to achieve them. We support tours and day trips at Key Stages 4 and 5 that focus on linking the exam syllabus criteria that you are undertaking with your pupils. Our day trip to London takes in a Jack the Ripper tour with local guide and a visit to ‘The Clink’.
At Key Stage 3 we support you to achieve the National Curriculum criteria. We have residential opportunities, such as Ypres and the Somme, but also day trips such as a tour of Arundel Castle and Cathedral to address the topic of ‘The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509’. At Key Stages 1 and 2 we are aware of the structure of the National Curriculum and the issues in achieving the objectives at each Key Stage, notably with also achieving LOC. However, there are opportunities to achieve the curriculum objectives through LOC with targeted activities in your local area. We will work with you to identify these opportunities and then facilitate your day trip. Our experience of organising, managing and responsibility for supporting colleagues over the past thirty years, leading Departments, exam marking at several levels and Senior Leadership Team roles in large schools, mean that we have a clear insight into what is important in achieving a successful LOC experience for pupils. We am here to help and support your trip or tour. Please use our contact form, email or call us if you are interested in a tour or day trip.