School Travel Seminar – London

    10 March 2020
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    25 Fenchurch Ave, London, EC3M 5AD
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This event is going ahead as planned. 

We recognise that the situation around Coronavirus is evolving. In line with the advice that we are providing to the travelling public, we are following factual advice from public health officials and the FCO in making our plans. If the situation changes, we will notify you immediately by email.  Hand washing facilities and free antibacterial gel are available at venues. If you are feeling unwell or have visited an area to which the FCO is advising against travel in the past two weeks, we would request that you contact us immediately

This event is now full. Please email to add your name to the waiting list.

About the event

ABTA's new one-day School Travel Seminar is ideal for travel providers who provide school trips and educational travel, as well as those who are looking to break into the market. Improve your product offering, from primary school through to college, explore the key trends in this sector and understand the priorities for school leaders and children and young people. Ensure you are up to date with the legal, financial protection and health and safety requirements for this unique market. 

Improve your understanding of market trends and the priorities for school leaders in undertaking a school trip, how they choose their travel provider and how to meet changing curriculum needs by demonstrating learning outcomes. Learn how to market more effectively and how to enter the school trips market. Ensure you are up-to-date with the ever evolving health and safety and safeguarding requirements and understand the importance of crisis planning for the school travel market.


  • Trends in the school and college travel market and the impact of changes in curriculum
  • Understanding and appealing to the decision makers
  • Legal, regulatory and safeguarding requirements 
  • Effective marketing and sales
  • Entering the school and college travel market as a new provider
  • Effective communication with teachers, parents and pupils
  • Involving children and students with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Ensuring health and safety of suppliers and products
  • Contingency and emergency planning for the school market


Moderator: Gill Harvey, CEO, School Travel Forum

Gill joined the School Travel Forum as CEO in 2015 to lead on strategy planning and advocating for the association. 
The School Travel Forum was formed in 2002 to support their members to implement and maintain best in class health and safety systems, for the education sector. It is also the awarding body for the *LOtC QB for tour operators working in the schools and further education sector. The STF/LOtC QB has been recognised by the Department for Education and in their recent guidelines they strongly recommend  schools to look for the Quality Badge when choosing a tour operator to work with on any school visits. Gill has worked in several senior executive positions within the travel industry and understands the challenges for small to medium sized operators, particularly when implementing effective health and safety management procedures and is therefore delighted to work for an association that can help make an impact in this area. Gill is also a Trustee for the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the Chair of the CLOtC Audit Committee.
*Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

Speakers include:

  • Steve Dool, Chair, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society
  • Claire Mulligan, Partner, Kennedys
  • Kim Somerville, Director of Impact, Magpie, and previously Chief Executive Officer, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Samantha Hall, Tailormade Groups Manager, Inside Travel Group Ltd
  • Martin Smith, Executive Chair, Outdoor Education Adviser's Panel (OEAP)
  • Steve Craven, General Manager and Tours Division Director – HB Education, NST Travel Group
  • Angela Hills, Senior Destinations Manager – Health, Safety, Crisis & Operations, ABTA
  • Keeley Rodgers, Editor – Leisure & School Media, School Travel Organiser Magazine
  • James Lawrence, Director, Peregrine Risk Management 

Our full speaker line-up will be announced shortly. 

Benefits of attending

  • Meet other school and college travel professionals and discuss common challenges
  • Get practical insights from school and educational travel experts
  • Ensure you are up-to-date with legal compliance, health and safety and safeguarding responsibilities
  • Explore how schools choose a provider and design trips to meet learning objectives 
  • Learn how to make your school travel marketing more engaging
  • Get guidance on special needs provision and inclusivity
  • Develop robust critical incident, contingency plans and emergency procedures 
  • Find out how to improve your communication with teachers, pupils and parents

Who should attend?

Travel organisations who sell educational and cultural trips to schools and colleges and those who provide excursions and activities including:  

  • Specialist school travel providers 
  • Coach operators
  • Tour operators and retailers
  • Activity holiday, language and summer school/camp providers
  • Adventure travel and sport organisations
  • Youth accommodation providers (homestay, hostels, student accommodation)
  • Transport and sightseeing operators.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £235 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £355 plus VAT 

This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, all delegate materials, presentations and an attendee certificate. 

Make payment by credit or debit card. ABTA Members and Partners can request an invoice.

View our booking terms and conditions here.


  • Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
    (This discount will be automatically applied when you book online.)
  • If you are looking to book for a larger group please contact for a bespoke discount.

*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Non-Members are welcome to attend. For information about becoming a Member click here.

Event sponsorship

Event partners

Kennedys logo

Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,500 people worldwide across 26 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields.

We act for insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates, public bodies and corporates. Our deep sector knowledge means that we understand the impact of proposed regulations and advise our clients on the implications this will have on their business. Every day we make a difference for our clients. We provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white.

School Travel Forum is a not-for-profit trade association, a dynamic partnership of professionals dedicated to providing travel experiences for schools and students to enhance their social, cultural and educational growth. We uphold best practice and standards in educational travel and support our members to deliver high quality and safe learning experiences.

Peregrine logo

Peregrine Risk Management assists organisations with the design and implementation of travel safety programmes.  Taking into account the complexities of the educational sector we believe that you shouldn't let manageable risks hold you back. Here at Peregrine, we have the right experience and expertise to help our clients feel confident and secure by, “Managing Risk,  Anywhere, Anytime”.  Peregrine adopts a comprehensive five step methodology, this enables a holistic approach to risk management - enabling travel not inhibiting. 
Does your organisation send students overseas? Are you fulfilling your duty of care obligations? Would you be able to respond quickly and effectively should an injury, illness or security situation arise?
Contact Wayne Britton, Director, 07395 286310,,

Council for learning outside the classroom logo

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) believe that every child should benefit from experiencing the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and personal development. CLOtC  is the national charity responsible for:

  • Raising the profile of learning outside the classroom and promoting its benefits.
  • Improving the quality of support for schools to deliver progressive learning outside the classroom
  • Providing nationally recognised quality assurances and accreditations for schools and other providers of learning outside the classroom.

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Media partner

School Travel Organiser is the number one magazine for people who organise school trips. Together with, it provides curriculum-linked features, expert advice, case studies and interviews to help teachers run successful educational visits and learning outside of the classroom experiences. STO also organises the annual School Travel Awards when the best companies and places are voted for by readers, inspiring people are nominated, and schools enter for big prizes.

For details on how to promote your company at this event, contact Matt Turton on 020 3693 0194 or 
To view our commercial opportunities brochure click here.

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Pace of event was just right. Excellent mix of speakers and topics.
Balkan Holidays