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Charging for residential school trips
Understand what you can and can't charge for with respect to residential trips, and read guidance on when parents may be exempt from paying for elements that are normally chargeable.
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 the 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
In these cases, you may request voluntary contributions only, and must make it clear to parents that the contributions are not obligatory.
You should inform parents at the outset if an activity can't be funded without voluntary contributions (pages 6 to 8).
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