A school travel service is of utmost importance to those teachers or educators who have been set the challenge of organising school trips. No matter whether you’re group is heading off to one of the far-flung corners of the world, or simply taking a day trip somewhere in the UK, the principles of organisation and standards required are the same.
Booking with a dedicated school travel service, which has access to all the information you need along with a wealth of experience, is the best way to enjoy the success and safety of the experience. These companies provide a service that you can rely on and take great pride in organising educationally beneficial trips that are fun, well planned and fulfilling for students and teachers alike. By booking with a reputable company, you will guarantee that all potential health and safety issues have been acknowledged and dealt with in advance.
The Advantages of Using a School Travel Service
Such specialised companies should be linked to the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, which is an institution that recognises the importance of providing safe and accessible educational trips. They must also be bonded by the two main travel association agents: ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) and ATOL (Air Travel Organisers License). The first association covers coach travel while the second covers air. Both insure you against financial loss should anything go wrong or if your group becomes stranded in a foreign country. They both have an exceptionally high code of conduct that offers peace of mind to all who are members.
Any company involved in educational trips must be adequately insured with Tour Operator Public Liability. This insurance cover is a very comprehensive one that covers up to twenty £20 million. It is vital you check your chosen company provides this assurance.
Many companies offer their own insurance package for their customers. The advantage of taking such a policy is that, should anything go wrong, they have local agents in-country who will be able to help immediately. These local contacts will be familiar with the country’s policies and procedures and be able to help efficiently and instantly. Every member of your group must also have their own insurance before they travel, which must cover all activities and the entire duration of the trip. Booking with a specialised school travel service means that all these details will be taken care of.
When you book with a reputable company, you can rest assured all the accommodation included has been checked and audited as appropriate. This is absolutely essential and everything from food hygiene, fire safety, swimming pool checks and cleanliness are monitored constantly. Set audits are carried out in line with specific standards to make sure that all accommodation is suitable.