Voyager School Travel supports legal challenge against unclear DfE school trip advice

5 Jul 2021, 15:24 by Kate Moore


5 July 2021 

Press Release – for immediate use 

Local school travel firm supports legal challenge against Department for Education travel advice  

Brighton based Voyager School Travel is supporting a challenge to the Department for Education regarding its overseas travel advice to schools. 

Voyager School Travel is a member of School Travel Forum, the leading association for companies providing overseas educational visits, which has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Department for Education (DfE) on behalf of its members challenging the failure of DfE to give schools an unambiguous greenlight to book school trips abroad for 2022 and beyond, citing the advice as ‘irrational’ and seeking a Judicial Review to overturn this guidance. 

Nigel English, CEO of Voyager School Travel, said: “It takes schools up to a year to plan a successful and safe educational visit overseas. This gives families time to save and teachers time to build the trip into their yearly plans and to prepare students.  

“Schools may not be intending to travel in the next six months, but they do want to be able to plan for next year and the confusing and conflicting advice given by DfE and FCDO is preventing them from doing so. 

“It is unprecedented for the DfE to give travel advice or advice that contradicts other government departments. We have been unable to operate or even take advance bookings since March 2020. We hold the DfE-backed LOtC Quality Badge which ensures stringent health and safety measure specific to educational visits are in place. There is a real risk with the current restrictions from the DfE that once we emerge from this pandemic there will be far fewer specialist accredited travel companies available for schools to use, putting safe school trips in jeopardy.”  

Each year more than 560,000 students undertake a school trip abroad. Members of the School Travel Forum have been contacting their MPs to highlight the plight facing schools and students.  

Gill Harvey, CEO of the School Travel Forum, said: “Educational visits have a transformative impact on young people. They broaden horizons, build understanding, bring a subject to life and have been proven to improve academic attainment, confidence and behaviour. If these opportunities become the preserve of the well-off it will further widen the education and social mobility gap. 

“Schools need to be able to make their own decisions about future travel plans. Being able to plan ahead will mean they can secure the best price for their group, so all students have access to the same benefits and opportunities.” 

ENDS 

Media queries:contact: Kate Moore, Head of Marketing at kate@voyagerschooltravel.com 

 


James sidebar image

Get a no-obligation quote

We’re ready when you are! See our range of ABTA-backed school tours & centre-based language residentials

Get a quote
James sidebar image

Get a no-obligation quote

We’re ready when you are! See our range of ABTA-backed school tours & centre-based language residentials

Get a quote
  • Voyager School Travel (2022-11-24 11:38:37)

    Congratulations to Dr Rosemary Coogan on being named as a career astronaut at the European Space Agency. 👩‍🚀A few y… https://t.co/60p2JTj1Sl

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-11-02 10:14:48)

    RT @SchoolTravelOrg: Immerse your students in the French language on one of these residentials #edutwitter #teachertwitter #residential @v…

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-31 13:23:00)

    Bone-chilling catacombs and a haunting castle... take a peek at some of our spookiest school trips👻… https://t.co/NBRHEaHSRU

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-21 10:57:36)

    Travelling to Spain just got easier - all COVID restrictions scrapped! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/P7o0bfmbhT

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-19 10:18:11)

    RT @kingsmacfrench: Fromage!!!! 📸 🧀 #KingsMaccParis22 https://t.co/DbtVp8PIpo

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-17 10:15:43)

    RT @kingsmacfrench: Voilà! Our very own King’s Palace 😁 #mflchat @voyagerschools #KingsMaccParis22 https://t.co/hQ5zK4EGH0

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-17 10:14:28)

    RT @kingsmacfrench: 😄 just off the boat. What a brill day. Now back to the accommodation to rest, recuperate and have some dinner! Another…

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-17 10:10:23)

    RT @KWSHarpenden: Year 10 Spanish Trip update - All students have had breakfast and are now enjoying a morning Spanish Lesson! https://t.co

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-12 11:25:35)

    Es ist toll to see Gravesend Grammar enjoying their time in Germany on this German language immersion trip we organ… https://t.co/8PqutOnpgO

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-10 13:00:30)

    A French school trip without leaving the country? 🇫🇷 Ce n’est pas possible!😲Immersive French residentials in South… https://t.co/D6qDE8IkQc

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-10-04 10:52:11)

    RT @WigstonAcademy: Day 2 in Spain! A super day - We made gazpacho this morning, which was tasted and judged by the 'Masterchef' judges, M…

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-30 10:32:41)

    Les étudiants chez le boulanger en France 🥖🇫🇷 Discover our immersive MFL school trips where students acquire & use… https://t.co/c93ROoRIYQ

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-26 16:46:27)

    The third live speaker presenting at our Travel & Tourism student convention at Disneyland® Paris Jan/Feb 2023 has… https://t.co/t99ot2TDvg

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-23 10:59:04)

    We never get tired of seeing photos of the stunning barefoot bay walk to Mont Saint-Michel 🤩 Check out Cargifield's… https://t.co/WZiBtIe57J

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-21 14:07:52)

    RT @cargilfield: Form 8 had lots of fun on their first day in France! #cargilfieldconnected https://t.co/GRnhJTo551

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-20 12:41:07)

    RT @HHGSchateau: Working on our French vocab books while waiting for the climbing wall https://t.co/4rsX27fi3s

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-20 12:32:44)

    RT @cargilfield: Form 8 have headed off to France for a week! Bonne voyage! #cargilfieldconnected https://t.co/CGSY0CUjZ3

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-14 11:24:29)

    Did you catch the news? France is open to everyone. That's right, no tests, no proof of vaccine—you can enter the c… https://t.co/PThUK0dhWW

  • Voyager School Travel (2022-09-02 11:54:31)

    RT @baudonniere: The new practice climbing wall has already been up and running for a few months, but the final touch got added this week b…