Still not sure about taking part, have a read of the following testimonials from teachers who went on a Battlefield Tour in the autumn of 2016...
"A fantastic tour organised and presented by two excellent guides. This has been the best tour we have been on and the students have thoroughly enjoyed it. We have learnt so much about the war, trench life and remembrance."
"An experience I'll never forget. Truly unforgettable and will live with me and my students for the rest of our lives. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity. The understanding of WWI has never been so brilliantly conveyed. The students learned so much."
"Knowledge of the tour quides was fantastic. Quite literally the best educational trip I've been on. No time to get bored, constantly active and busy. Engaged some of the most hard to reach students in Kirklees! Unbelievably good!!"
"The educational aspect of the tour was exceptional. My students and I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging, stimulating and thought-provoking tour, and have definitely been enriched as a result of it. We look forward to passing this knowledge on to our school and the wider community upon our return."
"The tour was superbly pitched and paced for all abilities and levels of prior knowledge and understanding ranging from little to expert. A difficult task and expertly done."
"This was a fantastic educational experience for the students. The team worked very hard to provide detailed information and real life experiences to bring the entire experience to life."
"The key questions also enable me to elicit high order thinking/evaluation from my students previously a challenge to achieve in a classroom environment. Stunning connection to practicality."
"Overall, this four day experience was outstanding. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to enrich this understanding of WWI and war strategies generally, as well as help their students be inspired and enriched further in their historical understanding."
"Loved the visualisation techniques used, e.g. seeing the terrain and walking through the (1st July) attack from Sunken Lane - pupils said this really helped their understanding."
"The best educational battlefields trip we have ever been on."
"Fantastic. Schools must do this tour! It's a crime to miss out!"
"We brought two SEN pupils from our EBD special school. We were able to bring an extra member of staff, the SEN resources online were excellent for preparing our pupils for the trip. Whilst on the trip all of the staff with us (Equity staff/drivers/guides/army staff) were fantastic with our pupils. Our boys were engaged in activities at all times and Eric and the staff guided their interest brilliantly."
"Both of our students have special educational needs (ASD) and at times struggled with aspects of the expectations and level of the activities. However, due to the expertise of the team as well as their kindness and ability to relate to their needs, both students enjoyed an amazing experience. For both students it was the first time away from home and for one, the first time abroad. The team made each activity accessible for them and over the four days both students grew in confidence and there was a new development in their social skills alongside learning about the First World War."
"We'd like to say a huge thank you - our boys have behavioural and social issues and the staff involved knew how to keep them engaged throughout the four days. Both during the site visits and hotel-based activities consideration was given to meeting their educational and social needs. We can see the positive impact the trip has had on the pupils already in terms of building their confidence and further developing their interest in WWI and the skill of historical investigation. From a teacher's point of view, this is the best multi-school educational trip we have participated in. Well-researched, well-organised and truly beneficial to our pupils. Thank you."