Educational School Trips

Learning outside of the classroom is an essential part of personal development for all pupils. Educational school trips allow classes to build a deeper understanding of a particular subject while working as part of a team on interactive tasks and hands-on projects.

Even beyond the curriculum, teachers and school have a responsibility to prepare children and young people for similar social and educational experiences later in life – and educational visits are an opportunity to do just that.

NST have worked with thousands of schools over the past forty years, so we know exactly how to strike the balance between learning, fun and safety on every educational school tour we organise. 

There are plenty of educational trips for students to choose from, take a look at some of our fantastic options below...

Learn more about our educational school trips

History School Trips

Bring History to life with NST, we offer a range of history school trip destinations to enrich classroom-based learning and to inspire a deeper interest in history. We can personalise your tour and theme your itinerary to suit the learning requirements of your group.

English School Trips

From Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, to Harry Potter TM and even the Royal Courts of Justice, you certainly won’t be short on choice with our updated selection of literature and creative writing experiences and trips

Theatre School Trips

A school theatre trip to this dazzling destination will leave your English, drama and performing arts pupils feeling excited and inspired! From the bright lights of Broadway to the magical experience of a West End show.

Geography School Trips

With a wide range of fascinating destinations to choose from, our geography field trips programme will enable your pupils to discover the exciting world of geography outside the classroom.

Italian Language School Trips

With out unsurpassed destination knowledge, you'll get an itinerary that includes the right balance of cultural experiences and target language-focused visits and workshops with our Italian language school trips.

French Language School Trips 

There’s really no better way to reinforce your classroom-based learning than by surrounding your pupils with native speakers and immersing them in the culture and daily rhythms of French life.

Spanish Language School Trips 

There’s really no better way to introduce your classroom-based learning than by surrounding your pupils with native speakers and immersing them in the culture and daily rhythms of Spanish life

German Language School Trips

There’s really no better way to reinforce your classroom-based learning than by surrounding your pupils with native speakers and immersing them in the culture and daily rhythms of German life

Art School Trips

Each of our Art School Trips showcase a diverse range of art to put your pupils' learning in context.

Music Tours

There's no substitute for being there and that's why we've been helping to create music tours which enhance performance skills, build confidence and develop a sense of independence for more than 50 years.

Computer Science School Trips

A computer science school trip to one of our popular destinations is sure to keep your pupils excited and inspired.

Design & Technology School Trips

With a diverse range of design and technology destinations including London, Berlin, Florence and New York, there is no shortage of design & technology school trips to inspire and educate your pupils.

Classics School Trips

Our range of itinerary packages have been tried and tested by hundreds of groups on our Classics school trips.

Psychology School Trips

We work hard to give your pupils the best possible learning experience during their psychology school trip and our psychology programme covers a vast range of study themes worldwide.

Religious Studies School Trips

Inspire your pupils and deepen their understanding of key study topics with a religious studies school trip 

Science School Trips

We understand that the best way to learn about science is for pupils to have fun trying things out for themselves, that's why we work hard to bring you the very best choice of science school trips.

Media & Film School Trips

Our Media & Film School Trips have been specifically designed to give your group a thrilling insight into the world of Media & Film Studies.

Business School Trips

We work hard to bring you a choice of business-related school visits so that you can mix and match to create your ideal business school trip.

Maths School Trips

Give your pupils the opportunity to discover how mathematical thinking is applied in new and exciting places and have fun whilst learning with our range of maths school trips.


Meet the experts

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs. They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Representatives invaluable. We can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.

They’ll also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.

 

Planning your educational school trip?

If you're planning an educational school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.

 

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.  If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.  Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.