For anyone with knowledge of the teaching profession, the rise in popularity of the school travel service industry should come as no surprise. With teachers taking on increasingly large workloads every year, the planning and organisation of a field trip is often more of an added hindrance than something supposedly enjoyable for both teachers and pupils. This is where specialised companies come in: taking on a considerable amount of the necessary work in exchange for a fair fee, and delivering results often beyond what the school staff would be able to produce on their own.
But while the immediate benefits of hiring a school travel service are apparent – better organisation, better resources, higher level of expertise – contracting a company of this type also has a number of perks that may be overlooked by educators when deciding whether or not to take this step. A few of these are detailed below, in case any teacher or administrator should be in need of a tiebreak.
Hiring a school travel service means the company will add their own leaders or guides to whichever members of the staff have volunteered to accompany the student group abroad. This will, of course, improve the child-to-adult ratio (always an important aspect in field trips), thereby allowing for better supervision as well as enabling teachers to focus their attention on specific groups that may need it, rather than being forced to keep an eye on the entire class.
While ideally the school will insure its students prior to taking them abroad, hiring a school travel service can bring this particular aspect of a field trip from just another item to tick off on a long list of concerns, to a certainty. Many of the packages offered by this type of company (if it is reputable) will offer insurance, which when added to the school’s own policies will ensure that nothing untoward that may take place during the trip will result in additional expenses or any other unpleasant outcomes. Similarly, some of these companies may, on occasion, offer flight or travel insurance for groups heading to destinations further afield.
These are only a couple of the less evident, but no less important or useful advantages inherent to hiring a specialised and dedicated company of this type. These aspects, while not always apparent in the first stages of planning, will most certainly be appreciated by school staff and boards, and may even be a decisive factor when trying to ascertain which company to book the trip with.
Angela Bowden works for EST (Equity School Travel), the UK’s largest educational travel company. A standout school travel service, Equity School Travel provides tours for secondary schools, primary schools and colleges. Tours can encompass a wide range of learning opportunities in worldwide destinations.
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