Planning the Perfect School Trip to Europe

Europe is a vast, diverse, miss-mashed landmass that has been divided, and then re-divided into different countries and regions over centuries. This has created swathes of languages, arts and culture, cuisine, politics and not to mention the obvious historical facets. Add to this some of the most diverse geography on the planet, and all of this presents some wonderful learning opportunities for your students, whether the focus be languages, history, art, geography, science, religious studies or simply cross-curriculum, cultural enhancement.

But where to go?

Europe – vast and complex. Your first question should be, are we running a cross-curriculum or subject-focused school tour? When planning your school trip, an obvious question is do you create an intensive learning experience focusing on one subject area, or do you open to a range of subjects and create a cross-curriculum educational trip? Companies like Adaptable Travel are well versed in helping teachers get the most from their school trip, offering advice and pointers to answer this very question. The benefits of creating a subject specific school trip, such as Languages, Science or Geography is that you can focus on areas of the curriculum that will really enhance your classroom teaching, allowing you to refer to destinations you visit within the classroom, offering your students the opportunity to experience true subject-led learning outside the classroom. But then there is also the argument to say, opening up to a range of subject areas and offering a cross-curriculum school trip opens up the trip to more students and offers, albeit a more fleeting experience, of more subjects.

You do not have to go to the end of the Earth to create a truly inspirational school trip, with northern European countries like France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland providing a multitude of outside the classroom learning experiences, from CERN in Switzerland to the Belgium Battlefields, to language immersion in France and Spain, to name just a few examples.

How to keep cost lower

Answering the question above will no doubt vastly narrow down where you choose to go. Will it be a quick jaunt into Northern France for a MFL trip, or a longer trip to somewhere like Iceland to experience unique Geography and Science learning? Each school is different, each school has their own set of criteria and budgets to work to. However, with low-cost airlines now an option to most European destinations, this has meant more of Europe than ever before is now accessible and affordable to most schools. Of course, when you choose to travel makes a huge impact upon the cost of the trip. Peak holiday periods such as February Half Term and Easter will almost always cost more than travelling during term-time, but many schools will not allow travel during term time. This is where we come full-circle back to our first question – to run a subject specific or cross-curriculum trip? We often find school management grant more trips to travel during term time if it has a clearer and more specific educational focus, thus for many schools creating a subject-specific trip will also often mean a much more cost-effective trip as it will facilitate travel during term-time. With more schools becoming academies, and more schools having choice of their own term dates, this in theory creates more opportunities for travel during so-called 'low season' dates, and thus more learning outside the classroom.

Whatever your subject areas, Adaptable Travel will be able to assist in helping you organise the perfect school trip to the UK, Europe, or beyond, to help educate and inspire students on their learning journey.


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