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We last updated this article on the 21st June 2022 with the latest advice, guidance and rules at the time.

To find out the latest developments, please get in touch through the chat (bottom right corner), via email (tom@theschooltrip.co.uk) or through our online contact form.

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We’re pleased that, as part of the guidance, schools can take school trips. This means schools are still able to plan, book and take a school trip, overnight residential visit or educational visit.

The latest government advice on taking school trips

  • Day School Trips to Museums, Galleries, Attractions & Theatres ✔︎
  • Visits to outside educational sites (Rivers, Lakes, Woods, etc.) ✔︎
  • Domestic Overnight Residential Trips ✔︎
  • International School Trips ✔︎ (see details below)

Day School Trips to Museums, Galleries, Attractions & Theatres

As part of the Department for Education’s latest guidance, schools can take educational day visits. This means schools can still plan, book and take school trips to theatres, museums, galleries, attractions and other educational settings.

General guidance on educational visits is available and is supported by specialist advice from the Outdoor Education Advisory Panel (OEAP).

Domestic Overnight Residential Trips

The Department for Education has said schools can go on domestic overnight residential trips.

This allows schools to take domestic residential visits and enables teachers to start planning residential trips for the rest of the academic year and beyond.

International School Trips

As part of the latest advice, updated in February 2022 by the Department for Education recommends that “you should refer to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice and the guidance on international travel before booking and travelling to make sure that the school group meet any entry and in country requirements especially in relation to vaccinations.”

This advice still makes international school trips possible, however, for teachers and schools to consider the extra implications for doing so.

You can also find the latest advice from National Guidance. 

Booking a COVID-secure school trip for the future

Included in the guidance, the Department for Education has set out advice regarding Credit notes and Insurance.

The DfE advises schools to speak to either their visit provider, commercial insurance company, or the risk protection arrangement (RPA) to assess the protection available in booking all future educational visits and school trips.

Independent advice on insurance cover and options can be sought from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) or Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The below is not included in the latest guidance document, however, the DfE has previously advised schools to look out for the below – which we would also recommend you to do:

  • insurance backing of ‘COVID-19 guarantee’
  • extended payment terms
  • financial protection in case of insolvency
  • membership of industry organisations
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Staying up to date with the latest school trip guidance and announcements.

We’re so pleased that teachers can plan, book and take school trips. After over a year of schools not being able to take educational visits, students are once again able to enjoy the wealth of educational experiences that theatres, museums, galleries, attractions and other educational venues offer.

We’re here to take the faff out of planning school trips. That also means we’re always on top of all the latest guidance as well as all the exciting new announcements, trips and activities that schools can access. 

If you have any questions or would like us to help you find the best ideas and activities for you – please do get in touch.

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We also recommend taking a look at The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC). The CLOtC are champions of promoting learning outside the classroom and support schools all across the country.

Their national accreditation badge is given to venues that recognise effective risk management and quality of education. There are 100s of accredited providers across the UK including museums, visitor attractions, parks, farms and activity centres – and it’s recommended by the Department for Education. 

Here you’ll also find all the latest information, guidelines and more to help you plan.

Find out more about the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

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Bringing school trips into the classroom

We’re really excited that schools can once again take school trips. However, we know that educational visits may still not be fully possible for some schools at the moment.

That’s why we’ll still bring you all the ways you can bring your school trip into the classroom with free teaching resources and virtual school trip ideas.

Virtual School Trip Ideas

Arts & cultural venues across the country have created innovative new virtual school trip ideas that you can beam directly into your classroom!

To help you find the best virtual session, we’ve got a Virtual School Trip Ideas section on the site.

Here we feature all the things you can do to bring school trips into the classroom. We include everything from online exhibitions and online performances to virtual tours and virtual sessions.

See all of our Virtual School Trip Ideas.

Download our Complete Guide to 40+ Virtual School Trip Ideas you can do for free!

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Free Teaching Resources

Our Teaching Resource Library also includes hundreds of education packs, worksheets, educational videos, educational games and more – all of which you can download and use for FREE!

They’re a brilliant way to still connect with museums, galleries, attractions and theatres to find fun teaching ideas and activities.

Our resource library is split by subject and Key Stage, plus you can also search for a particular topic. And if there’s something specific you’re looking for – do get in touch!

See our Free Teaching Resource Library.

Summary

We’re here every step of the way to give you the latest advice and guidance, plus all the new announcements, updates and ideas.

We’re pleased that schools can once again plan, book and take school trips to theatres, museums, galleries and attractions. It’s also really positive that residential overnight school trips and International trips are allowed.

For those looking to bring their learning to life in the classroom, there are loads of options to help you bring school trips to you.

Do take a look at our Free Teaching Resource Library and our Workshops section with In-School Workshops and Online Workshops to find some great alternative options.

If you’re looking for something in particular, please do get in touch – we’re here to help! We can help you find suitable trips, virtual sessions and resources based on specific subjects, topics and more. You can email us at any time or get in touch through our online form.

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