Charging for residential school trips

Understand what you can and can't charge for with respect to residential trips. Read guidance on when parents may be exempt from paying for elements that are normally chargeable.

Last reviewed on 21 June 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. You cannot charge for
  2. You can charge for
  3. Parents receiving certain benefits are exempt from some charges
  4. Use our model charging and remissions policy

This article is based on guidance on charging for school activities, published by the Department for Education (DfE).

You cannot charge for

  • Education provided on any visit that takes place during school hours
  • Education provided on any visit that takes place outside school hours if it's part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at your school, or part of religious education
  • Supply teachers to cover for those teachers who are absent from school accompanying pupils on a residential visit
  • Transport provided in connection with an educational visit

This is laid out on page 8 of the guidance. In these cases, you may request voluntary contributions only, and must make it clear to parents that the contributions aren't obligatory (see pages 12 and 13).