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Competition time!!!

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This prize draw is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, who represent a school, college or young person’s group, except employees of The Next Generation Travel Group (“Promoter”), their families, agents or anyone else professionally associated with the draw.

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Millions of UK parents expect their child’s school trip to be organised by an ABTA Member

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  • Schools are being urged to book trips with an ABTA approved travel company to ensure support, protection and expertise
  • Many schools are unaware they may be liable if they organise the travel arrangements themselves

ABTA – The Travel Association is today releasing new findings, revealing that nearly three quarters (73%)1 of UK families expect a company that organises school travel to be an ABTA Member.

There are more than 100 school travel organisers who are ABTA Members and booking through a school travel specialist allows teachers to access the company’s expertise, knowledge and insight in developing an enjoyable educational experience.

ABTA approved travel companies also have access to the association’s support and expertise – including 24 hour crisis support – and schools can benefit from ABTA’s advice and its independent complaints process should they need it.

Booking an overnight school trip as a package – where a travel company organises the different travel services – provides the greatest overall protection.

Under the Package Travel Regulations (PTRs) the travel company is responsible for sorting out any problems2, and making sure that if the trip can’t go ahead for any reason either an alternative is offered or a full refund provided. In addition, if the travel company goes out of business before the trip starts pupils will get their money back and, where the trip included transport, will be brought home at no additional cost if they are already away.

It’s also important for schools to be aware that if a school organises a trip themselves by arranging their own bookings for transport, accommodation and other services, they might be liable under the PTRs. This means that they would have all of the responsibilities of a travel company – both legal and financial.

There have been cases where children’s school trips were cancelled and parents lost money when the trip was not covered by the PTRs. Last year pupils from a school in Kent lost tens of thousands of pounds raised for a package trip to Mount Kilimanjaro, when the company arranging the expedition collapsed financially3.

Victoria Bacon, ABTA’s Director of Brand and Business Development, said:

“School trips provide pupils with lifelong memories and often an opportunity to explore a place they’ve never been to before. However, it can be a time consuming and sometimes daunting process for teachers to arrange these trips, and the new Package Travel Regulations means that if a trip is booked in a certain way, the school could be held liable should there be a problem.

“There are lots of ABTA school travel specialist companies who can take these responsibilities off the hands of teachers and pull together a trip which provides a great education experience as well as offering the support, protection and expertise that comes with booking with an ABTA approved travel company.

“With this peace of mind teachers can travel with confidence, knowing their students are in good hands and able to enjoy their travel experience to the full.”

All School Travel Forum (STF) Members, which is a professional trade association for school travel, are required to be ABTA Members.

Gill Harvey of the School Travel Forum said:

“While organising a school trip can be seen by some education providers as stressful and time consuming, there are ways to streamline the process and recruit third party help to ensure the trip runs smoothly.

“Research shows that travel helps children to develop their sense of independence, experience new cultures and bond with their classmates. Booking with an STF Member, which is also an ABTA Member, will provide teachers and parents alike with the confidence of a safe and successful trip.”

ABTA’s top tips for schools arranging a trip:

  • Reassure parents with careful planning and clear communication throughout the trip, from the point of booking to the moment of return.
  • Check the Foreign Commonwealth Office Travel Advice for the country you intend to visit at an early stage of planning for the trip, as well as closer to the departure date. The advice can be found at: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
  • Ensure that all those travelling have adequate travel insurance. Check that any specific or unusual activities are covered.
  • Check passport and visa requirements well in advance. Ensure that everyone has a valid passport and that they have enough time left on them before they expire. Some countries require a minimum of six months’ time prior to expiry.
  • Ask to see your chosen tour operator’s health and safety credentials and check they acknowledge the importance of maintaining these standards throughout the trip.
  • Book arrangements with an ABTA Member to benefit from the protection, support and expertise they provide.

 


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Brexit Latest News. Don’t get caught out – UK passport holders

The UK government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 29th March 2019 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. Here’s their latest information.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal. The government has increased planning for a no deal EU Exit and is asking citizens to make sure they are also prepared. UK passport holders should therefore check their passport to see whether it is valid for travel after 29 March 2019. After 29 March 2019:

  1. You should have 6 months left on your UK passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
  2. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.  The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey. Currently, UK passport holders can travel to all EU countries as long as they have enough remaining validity to cover the length of their stay, so it’s important to be aware of the above changes in a ‘no deal’ Brexit. So, please check your passport and if you are affected, you should consider renewing your passport earlier than planned.

The affected (Schengen area) countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Please check with parents that the students travelling on your trip have checked if their passports are valid for travel and if not then they need to renew their child’s passport in good time before your departure. This also applies to the adults on your trip.

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

https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

If you would like to know more take a look at The Passport Office- Brexit FAQ’s

https://www.abta.com/sites/default/files/2019-01/Passports%20QA-Jan-2019.pdf


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Exciting News – New Opportunities

Exciting news – New Opportunities

We are delighted to announce that Study & Sport Experiences is now part of a group of specialist group travel companies, each selling tours to the education market. A group which includes WST Travel, Anglia Tours and FHT Travel; companies which share our ethos, our desire to deliver enjoyable educational experiences to customers whilst offering excellent value for money. Becoming part of the Next Generation Travel group means we now have in place the secure foundations for the next stage in our development. Foundations which will enable us to focus on what we care about the most; our customers, our staff and the organisations we work with.

We will continue to offer our current range of tailor made education inclusive tours, workshops, seminars, sports tours, festivals and tournaments and look forward to having the opportunity to expand on this unique range.

We wanted you to be the first to hear this fantastic news. We are extremely excited to be part of this group of amazing companies, who all have such strong reputations for providing a high standard of educational tour and who invest in the development of talented staff, whilst always having you, the customer, at the heart of everything we do.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Specialising in tailor made tours for students in Sixth Form, FE and HE Colleges and Universities

 

 

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What a sports tour can do for your team

 

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As a coach or sports club manager, you’ll know that a strong, successful team is more than just a group of talented individuals with immense skill sets. It is a close-knit group of players who work together to achieve a shared goal. Teams like this do not happen by accident – coaches and managers have to invest a lot of time in training and team building to help them think as one.

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Studying Health and Social Care at Disneyland Paris

 

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In the UK, Health and Social Care is a term that relates to services engaged by health and social care providers. This is a generic term used to refer to the whole of the healthcare provision infrastructure, public and private sector.  Depending on their qualification, students may start off as care assistants and develop care pathways to become doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, paramedics or a range of other related occupations.

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