One of the biggest problems restricting access to sites outside urban areas is the huge cost of transport.
The coach needed to take them there can cost hundreds of pounds. Even if the school does manage to set up the trip some families cannot afford to pay for their child to go, unfairly restricting the most disadvantaged children from the brilliant experience of outside learning.
As a Field Teacher on RSPB Nature Reserves I have met thousands of children who enjoy a great day out whilst learning all about our natural environment. Looking under logs and stones for mini beasts, pond dipping and exploring woodlands and fields.
Getting their hands dirty, having fun learning and they love it.
I am also a Wakefield School Governor and some recent examples of just the coach costs for trips:
£650 for a three day trip to Whitby ( two journeys, drop off day one, pick up day three ).
More than £400 for a day trip to Filey
More than £200 for a day trip of less than 20 miles
I would set up a fund to pay for transport to get school trips to the sites they want to visit.
By Roger Parkinson