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School Trips and Summer Holidays voted best things about school!

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February 20, 2018 at 16:41

With just over a week left to submit entries to our Ultimate School Trip competition, we have published research looking at the power of school trips in inspiring children to learn.

The poll of both children and parents reveals why we love school – and the differences between the generations show they’re a class apart!

When asked what their 30 favourite things about school were, parents remain believers in Pink Floyd’s famous lyric ‘We Don’t Need No Education’. Only one of their top 10 memories of school is related to learning, with summer holidays, school trips and the last day of term topping the list. Parents also highlighted early finishes, play time and snow days as amongst their 30 favourite memories of school!

Today’s children show more motivation, with hard work and learning far more likely to feature as their favourite things about school. They rank school trips as their favourite thing about school ahead of those old classics, the summer holidays and spending lunchtime with friends. Children also chose acing a spelling test, studying an interesting project, and working hard at lessons in their top 10 favourite things – revealing a far more conscientious approach to learning than their folks! They also highlight solving maths puzzles, science experiments and favourite teachers as amongst their 30 favourite things about school.

With children saying that school trips are their favourite thing about school, the research explores why, with 85% reporting that they enjoy them because they bring a subject to life. Nearly half (49%) say they make a previously difficult subject crystal-clear and two thirds (67%) will go away and study a chosen subject further in their own time following a school trip, demonstrating just how a school trip can unlock the magic of learning.

Continuing a school report they’d want to hide from their own folks, parents viewed school trips as a chance to take it easy, with nearly half stating that the best thing about a school trip was being with their mates (46%), 52% saying it was a chance for a day off, and 35% said it was an opportunity to ditch school uniform!

It isn’t all damning news for today’s parents though. The research shows that school trips did have a lasting impact on them, with a fifth (20%) saying they have chosen their career or taken up a hobby as a direct result of a school trip.

The research was commissioned by Jet2holidays to coincide with our Ultimate School Trip competition, which is giving pupils across the UK the chance to win the trip of a lifetime with their classmates. In total, nine classes and their teachers will spend a long weekend (Friday 20th April – Sunday 22nd April 2018) at Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca where they will take part in fun educational workshops. The workshops will focus on science, history, drama and crafts, as well as giving pupils all the excitement you would expect from a school trip overseas.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Our research reveals some things that will never change about school, such as enjoying the summer holidays and spending time with school friends. However there are some striking differences between today’s children and their parents, particularly when it comes to learning and their attitudes towards it! It tells us that children want to feel inspired and reach their potential, and school trips clearly play a huge role in that. I’m sure our Ultimate School Trip to Majorca, which combines learning with adventure, will offer lucky winners all of those things and more.”

To find out more information or to enter the competition visit, please visit: http://ultimateschooltrip.jet2holidays.com/. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Best 30 things about being at school according to kids:

  1. Going on school trips
  2. Summer holidays
  3. Spending every lunchtime with your friends
  4. Getting 10 out of 10 on a spelling test
  5. Spending time with your mates
  6. Non-uniform days
  7. Play times
  8. Games day / sports day
  9. Working hard at lessons you enjoy
  10. Studying an interesting project
  11. The teachers
  12. Receiving a head teacher's award
  13. Last day of term
  14. Hearing your school on the list of snow day closures
  15. Watching films near the holidays
  16. Inset days
  17. Winning at school sports day
  18. Finally working out a difficult maths problem
  19. After school clubs/activities
  20. School discos
  21. Taking part in school plays
  22. Playing online games during IT/computer skills lessons
  23. Playing on the field at lunchtime and break
  24. Finishing at 3:30 in the afternoon
  25. When it's someone's birthday so you all have a slice of cake
  26. Playing on the climbing equipment in the playground
  27. When a PE lesson is brought inside due to bad weather and you just play games
  28. Seeing the TV pulled out at the start of a lesson
  29. Science experiments
  30. Fish and Chip Fridays

Best 30 things about school according to adults

  1. Summer holidays
  2. Going on school trips
  3. Last day of term
  4. Spending time with your mates
  5. Spending every lunchtime with your friends
  6. Finishing at 3:30 in the afternoon
  7. Seeing the TV pulled out at the start of a lesson
  8. Play times
  9. Hearing your school on the list of snow day closures
  10. Going to your friend's house for tea
  11. Getting 10 out of 10 on a spelling test
  12. Games day / sports day
  13. Watching films near the holidays
  14. Working hard at lessons you enjoy
  15. Non-uniform days
  16. Playing on the field at lunchtime and break
  17. Tuck shop
  18. When a PE lesson is brought inside due to bad weather and you just play games
  19. School discos
  20. Your team winning sports games
  21. Inset days
  22. Sick days and being able to binge watch TV
  23. Taking part in school plays
  24. Break time snacks
  25. Playing bulldog
  26. Having a secret place in the school grounds to gossip with friends
  27. A teacher being late for a lesson
  28. Playing marbles