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Code of Conduct for School Trips

Updated April 17, 2017

A code of conduct for school trips is a list of actions that pupils are expected to adhere to when on a school trip or more generally just off school grounds. Lists are given to pupils before the trip starts so they'll have a chance to read through it. Some schools expect students to carry the lists at all times during the trip. They vary depending on the nature of the school trip and the age of the students, but usually they outline the same key points.

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Behaviour Expectations

Schools usually state that the same expected behaviour within the school environment is required outside of it. Even though students are not in lessons, they must still show the same level of respect to their peers and teachers. They have to be polite, not swear and remember that they are representing their entire school.

Alcohol and Cigerettes

Although alcohol and smoking rules vary (particularly if the trip is to a country with more relaxed legislation), all code of conduct sheets will make reference to them. In most cases, schools adopt a policy of not allowing any alcohol or smoking. This makes life easier if a large group of students of varying ages is on the trip, as the same rule applies to all.


Even though it may seem common sense that illegal drugs are not allowed on a trip, schools see it as necessary to clarify the point. In virtually all cases, a code of conduct will state that students will be sent back home if they are caught with them.


Sheets will state that students have to follow certain rules to stay safe. This may include staying in a group with a minimum of three people, ensuring that you always have a cell phone or not going out after a certain time.


On a school trip, it's essential that all groups meet at an identified location when required. Code of conduct sheets will highlight how important it is that students meet at the correct time, to avoid any unnecessary concern or missing a scheduled visit.

Raising Problems and Reporting Incidents

When away from home, students can often become homesick or particularly anxious. They are told that if they have a problem, they can speak to a member of staff. Points are also made about the responsibility students have to report any important incidents or rule breaking.

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About the Author

Jon Ireland started writing professionally in 2010 by doing freelance work at the BBC in London. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Kent before gaining a Master of Arts in European public policy from Kings College, London.

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