The trips are directly related to weekend workshops. The programme fee covers travel to the cities, accommodation and a workshop. Tourist attractions and entertainment are not included because students have different interests. They have the freedom to discover cities for themselves. Of course, we make sure they are safe and offer lots of advice.
Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. The trip to Oxford is connected to the sections of the LUK curriculum on education and aspirations. Students prepare by reflecting on different education systems and considering their own academic aims.
Of course, our students also see London. The Shakespeare component is brought to life with a tour of the Globe theatre. There is an intensive workshop to introduce students to Shakespearean theatre and an exploration of a play they will see later. Students have an opportunity to see a modern musical. The choice is usually ‘Wicked’ as it provides a starting point for various discussions on diversity in the PSHE/LUK sessions.
Brighton is bursting with attractions: an outlandish Royal Palace, interesting museums, a beautiful beach, Brighton University and the neon-lit Brighton Pier. Elements of the PSHE curriculum are taught at our Brighton centre. The concepts of identity, diversity, uniqueness and belonging are explored through projects looking at modern day Brighton Pride as well as conflicts between Mods and rockers of the early/mid 1960s to early 1970s. The programme includes cultural awareness and linguistics workshops. It is combined with the Freshers’ Fair which encourages students to take up activities and become involved in the wider community in their host city.