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In 2020, lots of plans suddenly had to change when national and local lockdown restrictions forced the postponement or cancellation of school trips due to Coronavirus. This resulted in a financial impact as deposits were lost and insurance claims were made to recover losses.

We know that many schools will be concerned that this may happen again potentially without the protection of insurance as Covid-19 is no longer an unpredictable event.

With this in mind we have updated our terms and conditions to strictly limit a school's financial losses in the event that cancellation becomes necessary due to government restrictions. The exact amount of exposure will depend on the make-up of services that you choose and the proximity of the planned visit at the point of cancellation, but we are committed to limiting this as much as we possibly can. In many cases we would hope to be able to simply reschedule the date.


We are an Isle of Wight based company, specialising in providing BESPOKE, CURRICULUM-FOCUSED school trips to our beautiful island that are different to anything else available. We can provide a FULL DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE, taking care of all your ACCOMMODATION requirements, TRANSPORT and venue TICKETS or simply support you in making your own arrangements. We support the visits with an unbeatable selection of over 700 professionally developed educational resources that connect directly with National Curriculum topics to provide academic learning outside the classroom.

Why use us?

• We provide RISK ASSESSMENTS, detailed day-by-day guides & parent presentations.
• We can supply DOOR TO DOOR transport, including the ferry.
• The LEARNING starts on the ferry with CURRICULUM led resources available.
• We supply FREE pre-prepared, educational resources and support.
• ALL 700+ learning materials are curriculum led and key stage relevant.
• We are on hand 24/7 for support should you need ANYTHING on your visit.
• We implement our Safety Management System covering all accommodation options.
• We take away the need for expensive pre-trip visits, saving time and money
• We will assist in planning YOUR pre-trip visit if you still feel you need one
• Costs no more than booking directly, yet you can let us do all the work!

This is how we are making the Isle of Wight the foremost destination for educational school trips in the UK. The unique, ALL INCLUSIVE packages that we offer are saving teachers time and stress in the organising of trips and providing them with the chance to fit areas of the curriculum into the fun of a school trip.

Where better to study the power of steam than on a real steam engine? How better to study and identify leaves than while being hoisted up the trees that grow them?

Create MEMORABLE experiences that will stay with the students, as will the information they learn.

There is a huge swing towards this type of school trip and paired with the service we provide, this is allowing us to make EDUCATION DESTINATION the first place many schools now look at for their school trip needs.

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Why book Education Destination for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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We give schools the unique opportunity to make their school trip so much more than they traditionally are. We allow the teachers to deliver their curriculum to students in an environment where their minds are so open and so ready to absorb information that the retention rate of knowledge far exceeds that when taught in a traditional classroom. Yes we can still offer the usual soft skill elements like tree climbing and camp fire building but now teachers can use these scenarios to cover genuine curriculum material, designed by local, expert teachers so that the school trip can now be more than an end of the year unwind for students.

What activities are available during group visits?

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We have so many, but here are a few:

> Compare pirates past and present at Blackgang Chine (English – Spoken Language, KS3)
> Learn about Paleoart at Dinosaur Expeditions (Art & Design – Creativity, KS2-3)
> Can you outrun a dinosaur? at Dinosaur Isle (Mathematics – Number, KS3)
> TrigonomeTREE at Goodleaf Tree Climbing (Mathematics – Geometry, KS3)
> The Power of Steam at IW Steam Railway (Science – Chemistry, KS2)
> Troubled Waters! Investigating conflict on Southampton Water with Red Funnel Ferries (Geography – Human & Physical, KS4)
> Motion and Force at Robin Hill Toboggan (Science – Physics KS2)
> Dairy Diversified – Mooving on from Dairy at Tapnell Farm Park (Geography – Human & Physical, KS3)
> History of Religion at The Model Village, Godshill (Religious Education – History of Religion, KS2)
> Solent Defence – a History Study with Wightlink Ferries (History – History Study, KS2)
> Waiting on Hand & Foot at Osborne House with Mrs Pilkington

What size groups do you cater for?

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Any thing from just a few students through to groups of 250 in one venue. We also have the option to use multiple venues so really there is no upper limit.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Yes, most of our venues have a classroom or usable space for any paperwork. Our accommodation providers also all have suitable spaces

Is there first aid on site?

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Yes, the majority of sites have registered 1st aiders but schools must also provide sufficient 1st aiders within their group

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Yes we have venues that are fully capable of handling visitors with additional physical needs. If you have a specific need, just ask, we will always try to find a solution.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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SEND / Additional Support Needs Education Destination is committed to helping teachers and SENCOs provide inclusive trips for groups containing students with special requirements. We work closely with all of our partners and venues to understand their provisions and limitations for visitors with additional needs All our partner venues are required to provide sample Risk Assessments and all are encouraged to publish or develop comprehensive Access Statements Whatever your particular needs, Education Destination can advise on venues and activities to suit your students. Ways We Can Help We can vary activities (physical and academic) to suit With sufficient notice we can adapt teaching resources and activities or develop specific learning programmes Many of our resources are already differentiated by design, and supplied for various key stages which gives you a lot of inherent flexibility for mixed ability groups We can liaise with your SENCO and all our partners to ensure we understand and are fully prepared for your additional needs students We will work with your chosen venues to adapt service provision as required We can provide chaperones to boost supervision ratios and help deal with challenging behaviours We can arrange specialist transport, facilities and accommodation if needed We will be honest with you about problems we know you will encounter

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