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Exciting news

We have some exciting news for Next Generation Travel. We are delighted to announce that Galina International Study Tours has joined our group. Galina International Study Tours is an experienced team of educational travel experts who have been organising high quality educational tours for 30 years.

So, take a look at the range of tours available to you, where your school will be guaranteed the same exceptional customer service you already receive with Study & Sport Experiences.

 

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Subject specialists delivering educational tours to the UK, Europe and USA for Primary and Secondary schools.

 

 

 

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Educational study tours specialising in providing a high quality range of guided and non guided tours with specialist study materials to ensure your tour meets curriculum requirements.

 

 

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Dedicated Guided History tour specialists to the UK, Europe and beyond for all student, military and adult groups.

 

 

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Specialising in tailor made tours (around the world) for students in Sixth Form, FE and HE Colleges and Universities.

 

 

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Educational tours to the UK and Europe including subject specific seminars and workshops at Disneyland® Paris.

 

 

 

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Specialists in sports tours including festivals and fixtures for student and youth groups.

 

 

 

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Working with the Royal British Legion to deliver remembrance tours for student and youth groups.

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Top 6 Benefits of Performing for Live Audiences

“When children are encouraged to express themselves through art, they develop a sense of innovation that extends into their adult lives”.

 

We already know the diverse benefits of learning outside the classroom, but how specifically does performing for live audiences benefit students in the performing arts?

Well we have taken a look into how live performing practically benefits your students, including how it supports and enriches their learning inside the classroom.

So if you are curious, take look at our top 6 list below…

 

  1. Develops individual’s confidence and builds teamwork

Performing for a live audience can be daunting for us all, which is exactly why it’s important to practice, practice, practice! For students that are more comfortable performing for large audiences, the opportunity will build on their existing experience. While those less experienced will benefit from the buzz of performing for a live audience and keep growing their confidence step by step. It is a win-win for everyone.

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2. Sharpens practical skills and ability to play for large audiences

It can be easier to miss little snags during regular practice, but performing for a live audience has an acute way of bringing this little hitches to the forefront. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it is also a great way realise your collaborative strengths that may not emerge as intensely during regular practice. Plus, it is a great chance to bond as a team and create amazing memories together.

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3. Boosts quick-thinking and improvisation skills

Performing for live audiences also teaches children self-reliance and quick-thinking. We all know that live performances can differ drastically from show to show, whether it’s by audience, time of day or location. Therefore, live performances are a brilliant way to get students to think on their feet and learn how to improvise to suit the changing conditions.

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4. Creates unforgettable experiences performing in iconic venues

Our Performing Arts trips are a fantastic way for your students to grow in confidence, make great memories and perform at some of the most iconic live venues in London and Paris. Whether it is the stunning St Paul’s Church at Covent Garden in London, to performing for an international audience at Disneyland® Paris, our tailored trips offer invaluable experiences for budding Performing Arts students.

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5. Promotes creative thinking and self-expression

Live performances are an excellent opportunity for self-expression. Your students sense of creative-fulfilment and self-expression are amplified during live performances, helping them focus in on the present moment. It is also powerful for your students to translate what they have learnt in practice to a live performance, with an opportunity to showcase their creativity and technical skills to a living breathing audience.

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6. Encourages empathy and compassion

The creativity involved in performing arts extends to emotional creativity. It encourages students to find new ways of seeing the world and in group settings, there is much less of a focus on winning and losing. Instead, live performances demands working together as a team and striving toward a collective goal.

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If you are interesting in booking a performing arts trips to London or Disneyland Paris, contact a member of our team today. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8335 4455 or request a quote here.


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Sustainability Policy

We recognise that our work has a social and economic impact on the local, regional and global environment. Therefore, we are committed to promoting sustainable practices and endorsing environmental initiatives with our customers and travel partners.

 

Compliance:

  • We are committed to complying with all relevant environmental legislation.

 

Waste reduction:

  • We purchase reusable or recyclable products wherever possible and use products made from recycled materials.
  • We promote the use of our online app to customers which eliminates the need to carry paper travel documents and reduces physical wastage.
  • All purchasing decisions actively take account of the environmental factors involved in production, use and disposal of products.
  • We only use external waste removers who are licensed and offer appropriate documentation.

 

Energy and water saving:

  • We set and adhere to annual targets to reduce energy consumption and continually improve our energy efficiency.
  • We limit the use of single-use plastics and provide reusable water containers to employees and selected school groups.

 

 Travel:

  • Our environmental policy aims to reduce the impact of vehicle emissions by encouraging sustainable principles to travelling.
  • We advise institutes on how to mitigate their carbon footprint while travelling, enabling groups to make sustainability choices appropriate for their group.
  • We offer advice to schools on sustainability issues and relevant resources to promote in the classroom prior to travel.

 

Hygiene, Health and Safety:

  • We conform to all relevant legislation and acknowledge our employees need for an acceptable working environment, which includes green working practices wherever possible.
  • We conduct regular educational training to maintain employee awareness of environmental issues and its relevance to their individual role.

 

Take a look at the infographic below from ABTA which provides some practical ways you can make your next trip greener. Alternatively, contact us for more information on our sustainable working practices, or visit our blog for more inspiration on ‘travelling green’ with a school group.

 

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Hugh Baird College’s trip to Disneyland Paris

Find out what happened to Hugh Baird College BTEC Health and Social Care and A-level Business students when they recently took a trip behind the scenes at Disneyland Paris.

From attending subject specific seminars and workshops specific to their course, to curriculum-led seminars and interviews with Disneyland Paris managers and interactive workshops – the trip focused on health, lifestyle and business within the context of Disneyland Paris.

Read the full article from Hugh Baird College on their website here.


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Top Four Spellbounding Experiences in London For Every Harry Potter Fan

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Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Here you can visit the sets used in the Harry Potter films and be immersed in the magical world of Hogwarts. There is an incredible set up of detailed exhibitions, from authentic props and original costumes to breathtaking sets including the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley. Gringotts Wizarding Bank has also opened recently, so now you can even wander beneath the banks grand marble columns and the Lestrange Vault.

 

Harry Potter Shop at Kings Cross Station and Platform 9¾

If you are passing Kings Cross Station, pop into the Harry Potter shop for a chance to re-enact the iconic disappearing trolley scene from Platform 9¾. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up your own personalised memorabilia. Whether you have your heart set on your own house scarf, your favourite character’s wand or even just some Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, you will find it all and more at Kings Cross.

 

St Pancras and St. Pancras Hotel

While you are near Kings Cross, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the neo-gothic grandeur of St Pancras Station opposite. Harry Potter super fans will notice that the exterior shots of Kings Cross Station were in fact taken at St Pancras, which was seen to be more architecturally impressive. It is also famously where Harry and Ron take to the skies in the Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia.

 

Diagon Alley at Leadenhall Market  

Leadenhall Market is one of London’s oldest Victorian markets, oozing in stunning architectural grandeur. This is where the exterior scenes of Diagon Alley were filmed in the first film, and is well worth a visit if you are near Gracechurch Street. At Bull’s Head Passage, you can even find the optician’s that was used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron!

 

If you would be interested in learning more about London residential trips or any of our other destinations, please do not hesitate to call our team today on 020 8335 4455.


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Brexit –  FAQ’s

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There is a lot of Brexit-related news out there at the moment, but what does all this mean if you are travelling to Europe with a school or student group over the coming months? Well the UK has been granted an extension to remain in the European Union until 31 October 2019, with the option to leave before this date.

This provides certainty that people will be able to continue to travel to the European Union exactly as they do today and travel businesses will continue to operate within the remit of EU regulation and legislation at least until the end of October 2019.

There are still a number of possible scenarios as to what may happened including the possibility of a no-deal Brexit or a longer extension. Until the matter is resolved we will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and picked out what we believe is relevant for you.

MONEY

Will my tour price change?

If you have an existing booking with Study & Sport Experiences:

As we have forward contracts for foreign currency, fluctuations in the exchange rate are highly unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

Please note however that, if there is a change in legislation that will affect your overall tour price and which is out of our control, eg visa costs, surcharges, this cost would be passed on to you.

As is always our policy at Study & Sport Experiences we will do our best to do the right thing to work with you to ensure your trip would continue.

 If you have not yet booked your tour:

Due to our forward buying policy for foreign currency, we will work with you to ensure there is no or a low impact on pricing. The travel industry is reporting that the sensible advice is to book now to secure your booking on current currency rates.

What is the law on price changes?

If there are increases in transportation costs, taxes or fees chargeable for services post Brexit, the law says that package holiday providers, like Study & Sport Experiences, are permitted to increase their prices. However, we are pleased to confirm that there would be no change within 20 days of your departure and we would cover the first 2% of any price increase. In the unlikely circumstances that prices were to increase by more than 2% you may be asked to pay an additional fee however where the price increase is 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.

Will overall prices go up in the future?

Tour prices in the future will always be open to normal market and economic fluctuations such as currency and service prices. Our foreign currency forward buying policy means we always look to protect customers from the impact of currency fluctuations. However, overall tour prices may in the future be affected by changes in legislation such as visa costs, surcharges etc. or increased cost in services such as flights or ferry crossings.

At Study & Sport Experiences our experienced staff will always provide you with a  tour price which is based either on the actual current rates for your service or estimated rates which are based on our extensive knowledge of the travel and industry. We will always communicate any price changes as they are given to us and have an open and honest pricing policy, which will ensure you should have no surprises later on.

PASSPORTS

Will I need a new passport?

The UK Government recommends that travellers going to the EU after Brexit have 6 months left on their passport and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10-year passport will not be valid.

The Passport Office now have this useful tool where you can check if your passport will be valid when you are travelling Check A Passport

If you would like to know more take a look at the latest Government advice.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

The European Commission has approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel the EU for short stays after Brexit, even in the event of a no-deal exit. The European Commission announced in November its intention that, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will still be able to travel to the EU for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without needing a visa. As has always been the case, if you have any travellers in your group who are non-UK citizens, they must check with their own embassy whether they require a visa to enter the countries they are visiting. For more details, please visit GOV.UK  for the latest advice.

COACH TRAVEL

Will it take longer to cross borders within the EU?

It shouldn’t take any longer, as all countries within the Schengen Zone remain border free. These countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Will we have to show our passports at each border?

We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.

AIR TRAVEL

Will Brexit affect flight routes in the future?

In December 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation that, in the event that the UK leaves without a withdrawal agreement, would entitle UK airlines to continue to operate services between the UK and a point in an EU country. A final version of the draft regulation has been provisionally agreed by the EU and is expected to be confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament shortly.

Subject to the necessary approvals, the UK intends to grant EU airlines an equivalent level of access to that granted to UK airlines under the EU’s draft regulation.

Will anything change at airport check in?

There should be no changes at airport check in provided your passports/visas are valid. We are able to arrange airport assistance for an additional fee. This means that a representative will meet your group at a pre-arranged location in the airport and will assist you with check in and direct you to security and will cover any questions you may have. Please contact us if you wish to add this service on to your tour.

HEALTH

Will my EHIC card still be valid?

In the event of no deal, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid. ABTA has always advised when travelling to the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances. We are able to provide comprehensive travel insurance at an additional cost. Please contact us if you wish to add this service on to your tour.

Further advice on travel insurance can be found at https://www.abta.com/travelinsurance

TECHNOLOGY

Can I still use my phone in the EU?

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using internet on your phone in the EU is the same as in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply. Some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this to their customers. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Until we know if a deal has been reached, the policies around Brexit will continue to be subject to change. We will continue to keep our customers up to date with the latest news, as and when we have it. At Study & Sport Experiences we place the needs of our customers at the heart of the decisions and actions we take and can assure all customers, old and new, that we will work tirelessly to ensure learning outside the classroom experiences are as hassle free and enjoyable as possible, deal or no deal!

Here are some useful links if you wish to know more:

ABTA

Brexit Advice for Travellers

Update on Passports for Travellers

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Check A Passport – to see if your passport is valid for your destination

Passport Office FAQ’s

Industry Articles

What Does Brexit Mean for Travellers

The Independent – Protect Your Travel

How Will Brexit Affect Your Holiday

 


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Brexit – Update 15 April 2019

As you are probably well aware, the UK has been granted an extension to remain in the European Union until 31 October 2019, with the option to leave before this date.

The Brexit extension provides certainty that people will be able to continue to travel to the European Union exactly as they do today, at least until the end of October 2019.

  • All current arrangements for travel will remain as they are
  • You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates
  • You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card
  • You won’t need an International Driving Permit, and if you are taking your own car, you won’t need a Green Card for insurance
  • All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including airline compensation for cancellation or delays, and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges.

If the Government agrees a deal on or before 31 October 2019, the UK will enter a transition period and everything will continue to remain the same. Meaning you can continue to travel as you do now.

Until the withdrawal agreement is ratified by UK Parliament, the default scenario is the UK to leave without a deal. So we will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and picked out what we believe is relevant for you.

Here are some useful links you may wish to look at if you would like know more:

ABTA

Brexit Advice for Travellers

EU confirms visa free travel after Brexit

Brexit extension provides certainty about travel arrangements for Summer

 

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Immigration and Border Processes

 

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Check A Passport – to see if your passport is valid for your destination

Passport Office FAQs