SEND planning

Group at the Calvert Trust, Exmoor

Research (and experience) has shown that a memorable learning experience from school trips and educational visits will have a positive effect on the social and emotional development of learners with SEND needs. However, it’s important to remember that some young people may be overwhelmed by the new environment, so planning in advance and discussing the upcoming opportunity may be beneficial.

Many organisations and venues offer free pre-trip visits which may help to reduce any anxiety. Showing students images and videos of where they’re going to visit to give an idea of what to expect may also be helpful.

If you’re thinking of booking an educational visit for learners with additional needs, you can search for venues which cater to children and adults with SEND needs – just tick the box on the search page.

Many of the venues and services listed on TeachOut can tailor their packages to help meet the needs of your learners and to support you where we can. For example, some venues also provide SEND-tailored risk assessments for schools which are useful when planning trips and reviewing access needs.


Useful links:

Taking autistic pupils on a school trip: National Autistic Society

ASD and school trips – article in SEN magazine

School trips: Effective learning outside the classroom – Teach Secondary 


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