As Managing Director at Global Action, I’m frequently asked by Deputy Heads and teachers, how their schools can be ready to travel when the Government eases travel restrictions on school trips.
During lockdown, we saw a number of schools in England and Scotland booking overseas trips departing in 2021 and 2022. This meant a steep learning curve, especially for me(!), on how to run a virtual trip launch. Given these extraordinary times, it shows parents and students are still hugely committed to educational trips with a purpose.
Our team have over 30 years’ experience in organising trips safely and we are putting all that expertise into helping school SMTs, Heads of Department and teachers plan their future trips once international travel is an exciting possibility.
We all want to be able to plan with confidence. Here are our 6 top tips on what to ask your travel company about when planning your next trip:
Check with your tour company at least five months prior to departure on what their contingency plan is. If these Government restrictions are still in place, your travel company could reschedule the trip to go, for example, in 2022, which would still allow your pupils the opportunity to participate in the adventure.
Check that your travel company has group travel insurance policy, that fully covers both:
For all Global Action school groups this is included in the price. Check your company is doing the same.
Check that your travel company has confirmed with you that the destination country you are travelling to has lifted restrictions, including:
Is the team preparation adequate for your trip? You should be asking:
Has the travel company sent you an updated risk assessment and safety documentation for your trip? This must include a detailed COVID-19 section.
Your travel company should be following best practice as advised by UK Government, the WHO, and extensive consultation with in-country partners and external medical advisers.
Get clarity from your travel company on:
Government restrictions on UK residential and overseas trips will lift in time. When these do, schools and travel companies need to be very well prepared, so educational trips can be delivered safely for the benefit of all pupils – developing critical thinking skills around Global Citizenship, as well as the topics they study with you.
You can read more here about how we reduce teachers’ workloads when organising a school trip.
Please do email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can advise further – we are here to help!