It’s that time of year when teachers are frantically preparing for school trips abroad, but have you thought about how you’ll reassure parents to keep them onside?
Here, we’ll take a look at why parents might be worried, and give you some tips on how to alleviate any concerns.
Why parents worry about overseas school trips
There are all sorts of understandable reasons why parents worry about their kids going on school trips abroad.
This might well be the first time they’ve been apart from their kids for so long, meaning things will feel a bit out of the ordinary.
Parents often wonder how prepared their child might be; whether they’ll miss home, take the right things, be safe during activities or in easy contact in case of emergencies. They’ll also want to know who’ll be looking after them and the rules you’ll be putting in place.
In reality, the real risks on well-organised school trips abroad are minimal, but the potential benefits are massive.
What makes school trips abroad so beneficial?
School trips abroad inspire your students by enabling them to see the topics you’ve covered in the classroom come to life in front of them.
Not only will this help them achieve their full potential come exam season, it’ll give them practical knowledge to draw on in the long-term.
They’re immensely formative, too. Memories of your first school trips abroad last a lifetime. Your students will remember them as an initial taste of independence, even though the trip will be organised and tightly controlled.
How to reassure parents and keep them on your side
Getting parents onside will make your life a whole lot easier.
For starters, it’ll prevent the planning process from becoming bogged down with requests or complaints.
You’ll also find it much easier to get consent and convince parents to stump up the required cash – which are both crucial but potentially problematic factors.
Lastly, when you reassure parents, it will rub off on your students. This will help them step confidently into the trip and make the most of their time away.
With all this in mind, here are three handy tips to help you reassure parents about your next school trip:
1) Hold open planning sessions
- Hold regular and open planning sessions that give parents space to join in and ask questions
- Talk about the things students will learn about (both educational topics and life skills)
- Create a detailed itinerary and share it with parents long before the trip starts
2) Communicate important info in advance
- Explain how you handle medical/dietary requirements and ask parents to tell you about any ASAP
- Give parents a phone number for your accommodation, and a 24-hour option in case of emergencies
- But, reassure them that no news is good news, and explain how space helps foster independence
3) Set out your rules and regulations
- Chat about the rules for the trip, and the accommodation in particular (e.g. separate floors for boys/girls)
- Draw up a ‘code of conduct’, then ask both students and parents to sign it in advance
- Also, discuss risk assessments, background checks and the ratio of chaperones to students
School trips abroad are a fantastic way to engage your students. Try these useful tips to reassure parents and get the support you need to organise an unforgettable experience.
If you need a hand reassuring parents about your trip, talk to the experts at WorldStrides today.