Educational Visits: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has issued guidance to schools that have had residential trips cancelled as a result of the covid-19 outbreak but have been unable to obtain a refund from the company providing that trip.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education continues to advise against both overnight and non overnight domestic (UK) and overseas educational visits. In the autumn term, schools can resume non-overnight domestic educational visits. All such visits should be compliant with COVID-19 guidelines and subject to a thorough and ongoing assessment of the risks to ensure that they can be undertaken safely. Schools should consult the department’s health and safety guidance on educational visits when considering any visit.

The guidance will remain under review, including the position on overnight domestic visits, and will be updated in line with guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Transport and Public Health England.

Any disputes regarding travel agent or travel insurance should be resolved in line with issued contractual terms and arrangements, or by reference to the relevant regulator or national trade bodies such as the Association of British Insurers, the Association of British Travel Agents and the Association of Independent Tour Operators. Departmental guidance confirms this position.

Guidance for the full opening of schools can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

COVID-19 travel advice for educational settings is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice-for-educational-settings/coronavirus-travel-guidance-for-educational-settings

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