Travel grants of up to £15,000 are now available for schools and further education colleges in England to take pupils aged 9-19 years on international school visits. The funding has been made available through a new £2.5 million Department for Education (DfE) programme in partnership with the British Council.
Priority will be given to applications that show the school, college, or the group of students involved in the visit have significant levels of disadvantage (e.g., Pupil Premium, Opportunity Area, Index of Multiple Deprivation, Additional Needs etc).
The aim of the programme is to contribute to their overall education, giving them the chance to experience different cultures, improve their language skills and build their character, independence and resilience. Students are encouraged to stay with host families where possible to give them a truly authentic experience.
Trips can be to any country (Europe, or wider World) for a minimum of four nights. Visits should be in conjunction with a partner school and have a curriculum focus. They do not need to focus on language learning, although the DfE welcomes those that do.
Not all the pupils travelling have to be eligible for pupil premium. The grants given through this programme should enable the students on pupil premium to participate without being asked to pay.
The programme is open to:
- Schools and colleges in England only.
- Schools catering for pupils aged 11-19.
- Sixth-form colleges and further education colleges can apply, so long as the pupils who will benefit are within the age range.
- Special/SEN schools
Independent schools are not eligible to apply.
Grants can cover international travel for pupils and accompanying teachers, accommodation and subsistence, local transport and administration costs.