We understand that travel may seem a little more complicated than usual right now. The team at European Study Tours monitor closely travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and government guidance in relation to educational visits, so can keep you informed about the latest travel advice.
Since the autumn term, the government has permitted schools to take UK day trips whilst advising against overnight educational visits. We are pleased to share that the Department for Education has recognised the enormous benefits of overnight school trips to pupils' education, and has committed to reviewing the advice in February 2021, with overnight school trips potentially resuming from Easter 2021 onwards.
With school trip preparation taking anything from 6-12 months, if you would like to discuss your future travel plans for 2021 and beyond, please do get in touch.
The current advice also states that schools and colleges are permitted to take UK day trips. By choosing a day trip you can rebuild and reengage your students' interest in the subject, whilst allowing them to broaden their horizons through the wider benefits of learning outside of the classroom.
At European Study Tours, all of our UK destination itineraries can be adapted to suit a day trip. To view all our UK destinations, please visit our dedicated web page here.
Our Customer Promise
We understand that your school might want more assurances than usual when committing to a school trip in 2021. With this in mind, we recognise that you and parents may need more flexibility and reassurance when making your future travel plans.
We have listened to our customers’ feedback and have introduced some new measures to be able to provide you and parents with peace of mind when booking your next trip.
These measures include:
Financial Peace of Mind
To help ease the financial pressures on parents, we have adapted our payment terms to allow more time for making your group’s trip payments.
Furthermore, we recognise that you will require more flexibility for your 2021 travel plans. We have multiple options to amend your booking should a COVID-19 restriction impact on your group’s trip prior to travel, and we will work closely with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your group.
The School Travel Forum is a group of leading school tour operators who promote good practice and safety in school travel. As Assured Members of the STF, we have been working with our trusted transport, accommodation and visit partners to ensure their services adhere to local governmentCOVID-Secure health and safety practices - giving you the reassurance you need to travel with confidence. Find out more on our dedicated web page here.