The P7 residential trip is an important part of a child’s final year in primary school but it can be challenging for many families to find the money for their children to attend.
Audrey Ross, Head Teacher at Bannockburn Primary School in Stirling, understands how difficult this can be, but she and staff at the school are also very conscious that when offering help it’s not just as simple as offering help to families living in lower SIMD zones or those receiving free school meals.
“That’s only part of the picture, because if it was simple as that we would miss children. So it comes down to relationships. If you know your families really well, then you can have that conversation where you go on the phone and say ‘listen I see that your child hasn’t put their name down for Dalguise. Is it about the money? Because see if it’s about the money, then let’s not make that a barrier’. We can have those conversations now. That’s certainly been helpful to some families.”