School Travel Awards: Category Guide

Here's a handy run-down of the categories for the School Travel Awards 2017/18.

To find out who won at the ceremony on Thursday 9th November, 2017 click here.

Best Heritage Venue

What has really delivered for you and met or exceeded your expectations when it's been a visit to a castle, cathedral, stately home, historic property, open-air heritage site, or natural heritage attraction that promotes learning and understanding when it comes to history and heritage.

Best Sporting Venue

This could be a stadium tour, or an actual sporting event or sports museum. What venues really stood out and should they be recognised?

Best Theatre Production for Schools

What better than an exciting trip to the West End or perhaps a theatre near to your school? Did the production excite, inspire and entertain, and was it well directed with a message pupils could relate too? Did it tie in with a subject and lesson plan and were you able to book and take part in any workshops?

Best International Destination or Attraction

With more and more schools making short haul trips to Europe and long haul trips worldwide, the choice and opportunity for exciting educational visits grows and grows. What delivered for you?

Best UK Destination or Attraction

Trips at home are varied and many. Have you taken a school group to a city, town, attraction, venue or other location that has provided you and your pupils with meaningful, enriching and fun learning outside the classroom?

Best Ski Resort

Skiiing is very popular for older school children and resorts offer a fantastic range of opportunities. Which would you recommend?

Best Museum Visit

Whether in the UK or overseas, museums are a cornerstone of learning outside the classroom. Who should be recognised as offering an outstanding visit, plus pre and post visit assistance and learning links for schools?

Best Food & Learning Experience

Eating and learning often go hand in hand and there are some excellent opportunities to dine or work with food and engage in a learning experience too. Who’s best on your menu?

Best Adventure Experience

Children love to learn through play and combined with the opportunity for team learning and physical development, the adventure experience remains an important part of learning away from school.

Best Venue for Science Learning

Trips should be fun but let’s not forget the exciting learning potential available too. What’s best for science?

Best Venue for Maths Learning

Students can be surprised by how a range of experiences can relate to the all-important subject of maths. Make it fun and help them learn!

Best Venue for English Learning

It might be a play, a drama experience or a museum or library that stands out. What has engaged your class and deserves recognition?

Best Venue for History Learning

The UK has arguably the most accessible and varied resource for history in the world. Or perhaps a venue or attraction overseas has struck a chord with your history learning? Who is best of the best, based on your experience of organising educational visits?

Best School Tour Operator

Reliability, creativity, due diligence and of course safety are just some of the things teachers expect from School Tour Operators. Who do you trust to help organise successful trips?

Best Residential Experience

Residential trips can offer amazing experiences for children and teachers. It’s got to be clean, safe and suitable. It also should deliver great value and, if required, good food too. What experience stands out for your previous trips?

And don't forget about two more categories...

‘My Best School Trip’ Award

The winner of this year's Award was Upland Primary School and the entry about the Year 5 trip to the Outward Bound Centre in Cumbria, submitted by Alex Langley. Read more here.

School Trip Champion Award

Jacqui Hargreaves of Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard was crowned School Trip Champion for her efforts organising school trips. You can find out more here

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