Study Experiences' Safety Management Standards
At Study Experiences, the safety and security of you and your students is our absolute priority. We operate a detailed Safety Management System, with all suppliers chosen for the quality of their services, compliance with our safety management standards and experience in working with schools and colleges. Furthermore, 24-hour office support is also provided throughout the duration of your time away with us.
Health & Safety On Educational Visits
You will be aware that Study Experiences / Sport Experiences (change for relevant website) is a member of the School Travel Forum, a not-for-profit organisation which sets the benchmark for health and safety standards of travel companies, and subsequently awards the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.
This week, the Department for Education (DfE) has released new guidance “Health and safety on educational visits” which fully endorses the guidelines that we have been working within for the past 16 years; it recognises that our health and safety standards are the gold standard for school trips.
We completely support the advice that is given by the DfE and will continue to lead the way in ensuring safety in school travel. Going forward, we would like to reassure you that we are in compliance with all areas mentioned in this report, and we would encourage schools to always to look for the LOtC Quality Badge when finding a school travel provider.
For more information follow this Guidance from the DFE
The 'Learning Outside the Classroom' Quality Badge
Study Experiences has been awarded The Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge. This Badge provides a national accreditation combining the essential elements of provision - learning and safety - into one easily recognisable and trusted Quality Badge for all types of Learning Outside the Classroom providers.
Local authorities, other employers, the education workforce and parents are able to recognise and have confidence in the Quality Badge scheme. The Department for Education has worked in partnership with the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom to develop the LOtC Quality Badge.
School Travel Forum Assured Member
Study Experiences is an Assured Member of the School Travel Forum. The School Travel Forum is a group of leading school tour operators who promote good practice and safety in school travel. All Assured Members of the STF adhere to a rigorous Code of Practice and Safety Management Standards and are externally verified each year by suitably qualified, independent Health and Safety professionals.
Choosing an STF Assured Member ensures teachers, schools and colleges are meeting the requirements of DfE guidelines and that they can delegate important tasks with confidence.
During the course of developing the STF Code of Practice, and in addition to liaising with the DfE, advice has been sought from all leading educational Unions and Associations. The STF initiative is welcomed by the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel and the DfE. It has the support of the ASCL, NAHT, ATL, NUT and Voice, and the NASUWT advises members wishing to organise school trips to use companies that have this type of scheme.
To download Study Experiences' Safety Management System, our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Certificate or our School Travel Forum Certificate of Compliance, please click on Downloads & URLs.