Teachers Questions Answered

Q: What is the Education Away ‘difference’?

A: At our centre we provide children with a new learning environment where they will discover many life skills. Unlike other centres that have children from different schools, at Education Away you will have the place to yourselves. Also, we offer a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all your needs which can fit in with a number of national curriculum needs. For example, many schools complete a project on castles and this ties in beautifully with visiting Conwy or Denbigh castle and its town walls. Our on-site activities improve team work and we often see a large increase in children’s confidence as they excel in this different setting.

Q: What year groups are best suited to coming?

A: We accommodate children from year 2 to year 6. We do not accept secondary school children, with most of our groups now being Year 3 and Year 4 or a mixture of those year groups. Also, with so much to offer both at the centre and around North Wales we can design alternative trips for different year groups.

Q: Do children from different schools mix well together?

A: Not always, and this is why your school will have exclusive use of our centre!

Q: What’s the food like?

A: The food is one of the highlights of the week for many children. Children with genuine dietary needs will be catered for, if we are told in advance (on a form which will be provided).

Q: What are your accommodation arrangements like?

A: The children (split into boys and girls) sleep in warm, comfortable bunk beds in the 5 dormitories at the centre. Pillows are provided but children MUST bring sleeping bags or a duvet and bottom sheet together with a pillowcase. Each dormitory has its own shower and toilet nearby.

Q: Who is in charge if something happens during the night?

A: Teachers are located near their children and there are two members of our staff who sleep on site (because it is their home!).

Q: How much pocket money should the children bring?

A: There are opportunities to spend some money on souvenirs but all their needs are already catered for. We recommend no more than £2 per day.

Q: What is the best way for parents to pay for their trip?

A: It is common for parents to pay off small portions of the trip, week by week. We can provide a savings card which can help. Also, think about having 5 deadlines for: deposit, 25% due on ...., 50% due on ...., 75% due on ...., final amount due on ....(or something similar).

Q: What about the well-being of the children?

A: All our staff are fully qualified teachers so are well aware of making sure that the children are properly looked after. We aim to provide a supportive and nurturing environment at all times.

Q: What do you do regarding fire safety?

A: The house is approved by the North Wales fire service safety officer and we have completed an approved fire risk assessment. After arriving at the centre you will receive guidance on what to do in the case of fire. Every child will be shown their specific night time fire exit before they go to bed on the first night.

Q: What about pupils with special needs?

A: We can accommodate children with different learning needs and have done on many occasions in the past. The best thing to do is to call us and we can then advise you on the best way forward.

Q: Can you help with launching & promoting the trip to parents?

A: Yes, there is a PowerPoint presentation and also a sample letter to go out to parents. If someone is available then it may be possible to come out and address your parents' evening.

Q: Do your prices include VAT?

A: No, the price we quote will not include VAT but this is added to your invoice. However, all state schools can reclaim the VAT and so this is not an additional cost that parents will have to bear. (The position may be different for private schools).

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