COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: National Trust calls on DfES to pay for out-of-school trips

The National Trust is lobbying the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to provide funding for out-of-school educational trips to the charity's farms and properties, in an attempt to engage with urban and disenfranchised young people.

One of the trust's primary aims for 2004 is to reach new audiences through its Vision for Leaning programme, which was launched to widen the trust's sphere of influence beyond its traditional supporter base.

This year, the National Trust intends to develop partnerships with government to access funding for further programmes of out-of-school learning, in order to launch educational programmes to complement history, geography and science modules on the National Curriculum.

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