Politics school trips in the UK
In Belfast, you can take a walking tour covering the history of the Troubles. And at Stormont, they can learn more about the Good Friday Agreement and what devolved government means in practice for Northern Ireland.
They can take part in a Q&A session with an MLA or even take part in a mock election activity. Or head to Dublin to delve even further into the history of Anglo-Irish relations.
Politics school trips abroad
In Berlin, your students will have the opportunity to learn more about the long and complex political history of Germany, with a particular focus on National Socialism and Communism.
Head to the USA to study the history of the civil rights movement in Atlanta and Alabama. Or visit Washington D.C., the seat of power in America and the setting for some of the most famous events in American political history.
Wherever you choose to visit, we’ll tailor make your politics school trip to suit your specific requirements and learning objectives. We’ll help you to choose from a variety of curriculum-based activities that will deepen your students’ understanding and help to consolidate and build on what they’ve already learnt in the classroom.
Why arrange a politics school trip?
Discover the context
Your politics school trip will help your students to better understand the social and cultural contexts of the political history they’re studying.
For example, on a school trip to Atlanta, your students will learn more about the realities of segregation. They’ll explore what life was like for black people in Georgia and Alabama in the 19th and 20th centuries and they’ll discover the personal stories of some of they key figures in the civil rights movement.
On a politics school trip to Belfast, your students will learn what life was like in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. They’ll be able to learn more about what how the status of Northern Ireland became an issue that strongly divided its people.
And they’ll discover what made unionists and loyalists want to remain a part of the United Kingdom and Irish nationalists and republicans want to join the rest of Ireland. Plus, of course, they’ll learn more about the Peace Process.
And in Berlin, your students can explore Germany’s complicated political history. They can explore the factors that led to revolution and the dissolution of the monarchy, the establishment of the Weimar Republic and its subsequent collapse, and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party.
They’ll also learn more about how the foundations of the European Union partly lay in the desire for European unity in the wake of two devastating world wars that started in Europe.
Show them the importance of politics
As well as discovering the context in which political history took place, your politics school trip will also offer your students the opportunity to discover how the events you’ve been studying has influenced the politics, culture and society of the country you’re visiting today.
For example, on your politics school trip to Atlanta, as well as exploring the history of the civil rights movement, you’ll also be able to explore today’s Black Lives Matter movement and the issues confronting black people in the USA today.
And in Belfast, your students will find out what has happened since the Good Friday Agreement and how Brexit has brought the status of Northern Ireland back into focus.
Your politics school trip could also focus on how politics and governments function in reality, helping your students to better understand the role played by various bodies.
For example, in Washington D.C., your students will learn more about how government functions in the US. They’ll learn about the nature of democracy in America, and learn more about the role of the President, the Constitution and the Supreme Court.
And in Belfast, your students will love the opportunity to learn more about the power of devolved bodies in the UK. You can visit Stormont and take part in a Q & A session with an MLA, enjoy a talk by Assembly staff or even take part in a role play of an election.
Enjoy the trip as much as your students
Originally founded by former teachers, and with many former teachers still among us, we understand the value of politics school trips and how to make them successful.
Your trip will be completely tailor made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.
In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support while you’re away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy experiencing politics as much as your students.