MPs' Committee: "Children need more school trips."
Children in England are spending too much time in the classroom, according to a report by MPs.
The Children, Schools and Families Committee criticised a lack of funding for trips and said children in poorer areas were less likely to go on them.
Committee Chairman Barry Sheerman said the steep decline in the amount of time pupils spent outdoors was "shocking".
Schools Minister Diana Johnson admitted there was "more to do" but said most children did go on educational visits.
She said: "We are disappointed the committee has not fully recognised the huge progress made... The vast majority of England's eight million children do take part in educational visits throughout the year."
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