Children board training plane for lesson in travel and tourism

Shane Ali, five and six-year-old  Amy McGregor.
Shane Ali, five and six-year-old Amy McGregor.
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PASSPORTS, boarding passes and a trip on a training plane were on the timetable for Sunderland pupils.

High-flying students at Sunderland College gave primary pupils from Farringdon Academy a lesson in travel and tourism.

Five and six-year-old pupils from the Archer Road school visited the college’s Travel and Tourism Academy as part of their studies on places around the world.

To make the experience as realistic as possible, the children – most of whom have never been abroad – made passports and tickets, visited the college travel agent to book their holiday, went through immigration and check-in and took part in safety checks on the college’s training plane. Dean Cornell, lecturer at Sunderland College Travel and Tourism Academy, said: “The experience was great practice for our students in how to deal with young children in a travel environment.

“We can advise them as much as possible, but until they come into contact with children, it’s hard for them to really understand and learn, so the exercise was beneficial to all.

“Bringing the children into the centre inspires them to use their imaginations and start thinking about their futures from a young age.

“It gives them a good idea about what to expect when travelling and also strengthens our links with the local community.”