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Guidance on writing field reports

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Field Trip Reports
A condition of an award under the Schools Award Scheme run jointly by the Frederick Soddy Trust and the Geographical Association, is the submission of a report by the end of the calendar year in which the award was given, and an acknowledgement of the support given by the Trust.  A hard copy of the report should be sent to: Professor Peter Wood, University College London, Pearson Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

The Trustees expect the report to reflect the status of the award winner.  For example, a report from a secondary school or college should be more comprehensive than that from a junior school.  All schools should cover headings suggested below, and in all cases the Trustees expect sight of the students' work, either in the form of a direct contribution to the report or as an annex to the report.

A field trip report serves the following purposes:
  • sets out the objectives of the trip, what is expected from it, and whether the objectives were achieved.
  • it is a record of experiences, benefits gained and difficulties encountered
  • it is a permanent record for the school and those who took part in it.

Guidance on writing field trip reports

All reports should include:
  • Cover page and title.  This should be informative giving the purpose, location and date(s) of the study, and the name of the school.
  • Introduction.  Brief details about the school, and the ages of the pupils taking part, information about leaders and their experience. 
  • A map of the general area and where the study took place is considered essential. 
  • Detailed maps and sketches of the field work section usually form and important part of the report.
  • Experience and benefits gained both from the pupils' and the leaders' perspectives
  • Acknowledgements.  Thank all those who helped before, during and after the trip
  • Annexes. Include examples of the pupils' work

More detailed reports on the fieldwork will also include:
  • Planning stage: organisation of trip and problems encountered.
  • Fieldwork covering method of study and techniques used.
  • Field observations
  • Summary of results
  • Discussion and conclusions

Example pages from past reports:



Granock Academy Field Study on Arran
Report 2014

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