Learning beyond the classroom

So, this week I had my first experience of being part of a school trip!

Despite being nervous about what to expect, I had every faith in my students that they would behave responsibly and do the school proud… hopefully!

The week beforehand we had all been briefed on what to in the unfortunate case that something was to go wrong, particularly as our trip involved travelling and being in a conference centre in central London.

As Monday came around, we were finally off on our trip to the Psychology Conference at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. Students chatted (and sung!) as we made our way to the conference. I don’t know who was more excited, them or me! Throughout my own time in school, I never felt that we went on a trip that was particularly insightful to what we were studying. I think we once went to Stansted airport for a geography trip! So, I was really excited to see what the day would bring.

As we arrived at the conference, we were greeted and treated amazingly by all the staff at the Emmanuel Centre and were made to feel really welcome. The lectures began with a morning session talking to Professor Simon Wesseley a leading psychologist in the world of medicine, which was followed by quite the comedy performance of Den Burnett who spoke to the students about why our brain does stupid things. The variety in talks continued throughout the day as the students were spoken to by one of the country’s top forensic psychologists, Kerry Deynes who had worked in the notorious Wakefield Prison.

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Whilst the day ended with a rather theatrical performance by Peter Lovatt who explained why we experience certain moods based on the rhythm of life, and got the students up dancing and performing the New Zealand Haka!

As we were driving home I couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face. The students had behaved impeccably throughout the day and all expressed their enjoyment of listening to the variety of talks the conference had to offer. It also hugely benefitted my own subject knowledge and understanding of the world of psychology.

Most importantly, my experience of going on my first school trip as a trainee, has proven how beneficial enrichment visits can be. And really, education is not just confined to the four walls of what we do in the classroom, but all the experiences that come with it.

Safe to say, I cannot wait to go on one again!

Chloe, Psychology Trainee at Plume, Maldon’s Community Academy

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