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updated on 23 March 2020
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The latest advice is to cancel all school trips. Get answers to your questions on what this means for you.

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You should cancel all trips

The government currently advises against all trips with children under 18 until further notice.

This is because it may be hard for you to ensure pupil well-being if anyone needs to self-isolate.

The government hasn't specified how far in advance you should be looking when you're thinking about cancelling. However, realistically this means cancelling any trips for the rest of the school year – unless government advice changes.

Will we get money back for cancelled trips?

Get in touch with:

  • Your travel provider(s) directly to see what refunds you'd be entitled to. But note that you may not get refunds if you're cancelling a trip too far in advance – travel providers set their own terms for when you can get refunds from
  • Your travel insurance provider to see what cover you can get for non-refundable costs – most insurers will cover you if there's government advice against travelling

The insurers' body has said that you should be able to claim on your insurance if you can't get a refund from the travel provider(s).

Will we need to refund parents for cancelled trips?

If parents have paid for their child's place on the trip, get in touch with your provider(s) for travel insurance and public liability insurance.

They should be able to advise on whether you should refund parents.


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