— 2 Aug 2021 09:25:09 by Kate Moore
Following a legal challenge by the School Travel Forum, the Department for Education (DfE) has clarified its guidance for English schools wanting to book and take school trips abroad.
The revised DfE advice, updated on 19 July 2021 clears up the confusion about when English schools can book trips abroad and gives an unequivocal greenlight to schools wanting to secure their French trip in the 21/22 school year.
The guidance for Scottish schools is slightly different and can be found here.
The updated guidance for English schools states that groups can travel abroad, subject to prevailing travel restrictions, from the autumn term. What's more, the DfE update gives an unequivocal greenlight to schools wishing to book international school trips for the future.
The key points are summarised below:
The DfE guidance says that schools can now book new educational trips as long as they have ‘adequate financial protection’ in place, such as using a company that offers flexible COVID booking terms.
That's why we are providing additional FINANCIAL PROTECTION and BOOKING FLEXIBILITY so that school groups can confidently rebook their next trip to Normandy.
The DfE guidance reiterates that schools should undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all educational visits to ensure they can be undertaken safely. School trips must be conducted in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidelines and regulations in place at that time.
To support your enhanced risk assessment we have produced a summary of our additional COVID safety measures to demonstrate that we have the expertise, financial security and emergency back-up in place for you to return to our centres in confidence.
Over the last academic year we have been hosting French school groups at the Château but can't wait to welcome schools again from the UK.
Though our Normandy centres are booking up fast with postponed trips from 2020 and 2021, there is still time to reserve your place for the next school year and have something positive for your students to look forward to.
If you have any questions or need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be very pleased to help.
All information correct at time of publication on 3 August 2021.