Some of the most established names in school travel have joined forces with the School Travel Awards, to sponsor categories.
Confirmed partners already include Disney Theatrical Group, Legoland, educational travel company NST, The London Bridge Experience & Tombs, Halsbury Travel, The School Journey Association, The Rainforest Café, Scout Activity Centres and tour company WST. With others expected to become partners soon.
Organised by School Travel Organiser magazine, the awards will recognise the best school trip providers and operators as well as schools and teachers who put learning outside the classroom at the top of their priority lists.
The initiative will culminate in a five-star ceremony and lunch in London on 10th November at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.
There are 17 categories in total and teachers and professionals who organise school trips and educational visits will be able to vote across 15 categories, with two more special award categories ensuring schools themselves get directly involved.
Endorsements from our awards partners
Duncan Barnes from WST School Travel explained why his company decided to partner with the School Travel Awards.
“WST School Travel is delighted to sponsor the Best Theatre Production for Schools award. From local theatre performances to the big shows in the West End or even on Broadway, we strongly believe that these live performances can capture children’s imaginations.
“From curriculum linked plays to the big showstoppers, the learning opportunities and moments of inspiration are plentiful and we love nothing more than hearing from our customers about how much they enjoy their theatre and workshop experiences with us.”
Michelle Evans from NST said: “NST has been creating school trips which educate, inspire and expand children’s horizons for almost 50 years. Teachers and pupils regularly feedback to us about the positive impact their school trip experiences have had on them.
“NST is therefore delighted to sponsor the My Best School Trip Award, which acknowledges the educational and emotional benefits of school trips on pupils and the wonderful memories they create.”
Lyndsey Nassim from Scout Activity Centres commented: “Scout Activity Centres, operated by the Scout Association is delighted to be partnering with the School Travel Awards 2016.
“Having delivered outdoor adventure to hundreds of thousands of young people for well over 100 years we are acutely aware of the huge importance of school travel and learning outside of the classroom.
“The awards are a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the hundreds of organisers and venues who are committed to the delivery of high quality experiences that have proven to result in developing self-confidence, independence and resilience in young people and in strengthening both peer relationships and relationships between pupils and teachers.”
Become a partner
Opportunities to become an official inaugural School Awards sponsor are still available, although categories are booking quickly. Sponsorship packages give suppliers and operators a huge range of branding opportunities across multiple platforms.