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School ski trip - Select tips for in resort!

Getting ready for your next school ski trip? We've compiled some useful resort tips for school ski party leaders: 1) Give every pupil on the trip a pocket-sized card of essential information: hotel name and telephone number, school emergency contact ...

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School ski trips - Norway!

Following a number of requests from customers to help organise their trips to Norway, Marion and I decided to jump on a plane and find out what the fuss was all about. An easy 2 hour flight direct from Gatwick takes us to Bergen, on the west coast o ...

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Select Team Spotlight on Sicily School Trips

We like the Select Team to be as knowledgeable as possible about all our destinations so that we can give the best advice and personalised service to our school trip party leaders. Some members of the Select team recently travelled to Sicily to expe ...

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History School Trips - Flanders insights

Some members of the Select team recently visited Flanders. Here are some insights into some of the excursions on offer: Flander’s Fields Visiting the WW1 sites in Flanders really is an eye-opening and humbling experience. This year marks the 100th a ...

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School Trips to Berlin: STEM Tour

A STEM school trip to Berlin offers your students an outstanding opportunity to experience sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics in Europe’s modern top tech hub. Real life learning experiences in for instance the Deutsches Technikmuseum ...

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Norway: a great new destination for your geography school trips

Attention geography teachers! We've just added Norway to our destination list for our educational school trips abroad. Norway makes for a stunning new geography field trip destination for you to explore: with fjord landscapes and a boat cruise, wate ...

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Technology School Trips to Florence

If you are looking for a design and technology visit, then you may like to consider offering your students the opportunity of a trip to Italy including visits to the Ferrari museums in Modena and Maranello. The museums tell the Ferrari story by delv ...

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74th Anniversary of D-Day - the history of the Château du Baffy during WWII

On the week of the 74th anniversary of D-Day we look at the Château du Baffy's history during this period: Wednesday 6th June marks the anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Landings. The Château du Baffy had an incredible history during WWII and is loc ...

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A Way to Improve the Chances of Getting Your Next School Trip Abroad Approved!

Choosing a multi-subject destination is one way that you can improve your chances of getting your next school trip abroad approved by the head teacher. Joining up with other teachers is also a great way to boost numbers, and ultimately this helps yo ...

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Our most popular school trips to France

France is continually our most popular destination and the team at Select School Travel offer a wealth of knowledge to help our groups get the best from their school trip. As our closest European neighbour, accessibility keeps the cost of trips down ...

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A Teacher's Perspective of the Château du Baffy

I have had the pleasure of taking my students (Y8 boys) to the Chateau du Baffy for the past 5 years. Within days of returning from each visit, I book again for the following year. I do this because the chateau's staff are so welcoming, helpful and ...

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Teachers' School Ski Inspection Visit to Sportwelt Amadé

A group of staff and teachers recently returned from a ski inspection trip to the Salzburger Sportwelt in the Ski Amadé region of Austria. The group stayed in the Bachlehen Johanneshof located in the town of Radstadt. The teachers loved the faciliti ...

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School Ski Trip Resort Focus: Loon, New Hampshire, USA

The East Coast of the USA is an ideal destination for a school ski trip, allowing students to get a sense of scale and freedom, which they may not have experienced before. Big selling points for parents include no language barrier to students (there ...

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School Trips Abroad Focus: Euro Space Center in Belgium

The Euro Space Center in Belgium is a unique educational theme park which centres around space. It’s both a fun and educational adventure of 1 to 5 days and is a unique concept in Europe. Students have the opportunity of taking part in fantastic spa ...

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School Ski Trip Resort Focus: Saalbach, Austria

This ski season we're asking staff about their favourite resorts so you can get the inside knowledge to help you choose where to go. Next up is Regional Travel Advisor Ann Brown with her choice of Saalbach in Austria: Saalbach offers a good amount o ...

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School Ski Trip Resort Focus: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada

This ski season we're asking staff about their favourite resorts so you can get the inside knowledge to help you choose where to go. Next up is Regional Travel Advisor Mark Scarrett with his choice of Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada: A trip to Mont-Saint ...

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School Ski Trip Resort Focus: Aprica, Italy

This ski season, we're asking staff and teachers about their favourite resorts, so you can get the inside knowledge to help you choose where to go. Next up is one of our Regional Travel Advisors, Sharon Nobes, with her choice Aprica in Italy, with s ...

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School Ski Resort Focus: Zell am See, Austria

This ski season we're asking staff and teachers about their favourite resorts so you can get the inside knowledge to help you choose where to go. Next up is Sales Director Janet Ford with her choice of Zell am See in Austria: Zell am See offers ever ...

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Teacher Top Ten: our 10 tips for booking your next educational school trip abroad

If you're new to taking school trips abroad but would like to take the plunge, we've collated TEN TIPS to help you on you in the initial stages: 1. Book as far in advance as possible to get the best options. 2. Talk thoroughly with the company staff ...

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School Ski Trip Resort Focus: Vallnord, Andorra

This ski season, we're asking staff and teachers about their favourite resorts so you can get the inside knowledge that may help you choose where to travel for the next ski season. Next up is one of our ski specialists Francesca Gerard, with her cho ...

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School Ski Trip Resort Focus: Les Deux Alpes

Over the upcoming ski season we're asking staff and teachers about their favourite resorts so you can get the inside knowledge that may help you choose where to travel for the next ski season. Second up is our Head of Overseas Operations, Neil Abrah ...

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Christmas Market School Trips: Benefits & Favourites

SCHOOL TRIPS TO THE EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS With all the excitement of the lead up to Christmas, December is a great time to promote a Christmas Market school trip for the next academic year (plus there are more benefits than you may have thought ...

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School Ski Resort Focus - Salzburger Sportwelt Amadé

Over the upcoming ski season we'll be asking staff and teachers about their favourite resorts so you can get the inside knowledge that may help you choose where to travel for the next ski season. First up is our Ski Tour Coordinator Michelle: My fav ...

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Battlefields School Trips from a Guide's Perspective

This week, we've been quizzing expert Battlefields Guide and previous teacher Mike Scott about taking a Battlefields tour: What do you think are the benefits of taking a school battlefields tour? Battlefield's tours are a valuable teaching and learn ...

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The Land of Ice & Snow! Iceland from a school group's perspective.

If you're thinking of a geography trip to Iceland, the best way to find out about the possibilities is from a group who have experienced it. This week's blog is by Hall Mead's Geography team who recently travelled with Select to Iceland: In the Octo ...

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Our Château trip to Normandy by Students and Teachers of Sir Frederic Osborn School

At the end of September, Year 10 and 11 students departed on a trip to Normandy to the Chateau Du Baffy, a trip won by Mr M Broad, Subject Leader of Humanities. It was an action packed couple of days and the students and staff had a fantastic time. ...

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It's all about the personal service

Our team has over 200 years’ collective experience taking school trips abroad (we’ve stopped counting!), so you’re in capable hands. We strongly believe in the personal touch, which is why we have a team of travel advisors situated around the UK to ...

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New term - time to think about your next school trip abroad!

Ten reasons for teachers to take the plunge and offer their students a school trip abroad When thinking of taking a school trip abroad there are many things that go through a teacher’s mind – first and foremost will it be worth the time and effort i ...

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Château du Baffy Competition Winner Announced

The transformative and positive impact a quality residential trip abroad can have on students and teachers within a school is well documented. It’s especially well highlighted by the Learning Away campaign for ‘Brilliant Residentials’ which sites th ...

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Team Tips for School Trips to ITALY

We've quizzed our experienced Local Travel Advisors for their tips on school travel to Italy to help you when considering your next school trip: General tips "My highlights are to visit Vesuvius and Capri. Groups often find paying extra for a boat t ...

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Q&A on the SCO (Snowsport Course Organiser) Course

What’s the aim of the SCO course? The Snowsport Course Organiser (SCO) course is there to provide trip leaders with the necessary information on how to run a successful snowsports trip to the mountains. This is now something that a lot of schools re ...

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Barcelona Q&A with a School Rep - get some insider tips!

Recently, a member of the Select Team, Rose, travelled with a school to Barcelona. Find out some great insider tips from her travels! Where did you stay and how was the hotel suited for school groups? We stayed in the Hotel Garbi in Calella. The gro ...

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Walsall Academy Expedition to Everest Base Camp - PART THREE

Read PART THREE of our special guest blog post by Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, on their fantastic Everest Base Camp expedition. The reasoning, the challenges, and the student learning experience... Catch up on Part 1 Catch up o ...

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Walsall Academy Expedition to Everest Base Camp - PART TWO

Read PART TWO of our special guest blog post by Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, on their fantastic Everest Base Camp expedition. The reasoning, the challenges, and the student learning experience... Catch up on Part 1 here Part 2 ...

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Walsall Academy Expedition to Everest Base Camp - PART ONE

Read PART ONE of our special guest blog post by Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, on their fantastic Everest Base Camp expedition. The reasoning, the challenges, and the student learning experience... Part 1 Planning and then managi ...

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Easter Ski Round up

It's been a great ski season for Select school groups and teachers, with an especially bumper Easter of snowfall in the USA! Ian Foxall our Commercial Director reported: "Beautiful sunshine on perfect slopes. Unbelievable conditions for this time of ...

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Easter School Ski Trips - where to go?

Are you setting off for you Easter school ski trip or wishing you were? Here are some ideas for '18! When considering your next school ski trip, Easter can be a great option for schools only able to gain permission to travel out of term-time. Prices ...

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Select School Skiing Half Term 2017 Round-Up

"I'm delighted to say that our first full Half Term ski operation went fantastically well. With groups travelling around the world to Austria, France, Italy, Andorra, Canada and the US – they all enjoyed superb conditions with fresh snow and plenty ...

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Cost-effective school trip solutions that don't compromise experience

At Select we know the great benefit that well thought out, quality residential trips abroad have in a variety of areas. Amongst the benefits are: learner motivation; providing new, meaningful and memorable learning; facilitating a range of first-han ...

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Key Historic places to visit in Normandy

Key Historic places to visit in Normandy If you’re looking to explore historic sites in Normandy there’s a fantastic selection to choose from. With so many options, it’s no wonder that Normandy has long been a favourite destination for UK schools lo ...

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The Select Austrian Inspection Visit

SNOW, GOOD FOOD, AND GREAT HOTELS..... where were we? At work of course! Ten members of the Select sales and tour co-ordinator team spent four days in Austria, viewing the existing and new accommodation for our schools, along with refreshing and upd ...

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Ski Andorra in 2018 - observations from our teachers' ski inspection!

During the holidays, the Select ski team took a group of teachers to experience the fantastic opportunities for school groups in Andorra. One of our expert ski tour co-ordinators, Francesca Gerard, tells us what makes it a great choice for your 2018 ...

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New Term, New School Trips to Spain!

This Autumn Term, Select has some exciting new destinations to offer teachers! First on our list of latest additions are our new tours to Spain with Madrid, Cantabria and Andalucía joining Barcelona as part of our programme. Within Andalucía, teache ...

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What Makes Sicily a Geographers' Dream?

Sicily is separated from Italy by a strait just 1.9 miles wide at its narrowest point and is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is also one of the most diverse in terms of flora, fauna and geography. The volcanic landscape is unlike any oth ...

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NEW Unique Excursions in Iceland Geography!

Iceland, with its stunning landscape, volcanoes, geothermal features, waterfalls and glaciers,is an excellent destination for a geography school trip. Select has two exciting new additions to the Select Iceland excursions not to be missed: Glacier W ...

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5 reasons to try Barcelona for your activities week

An activities week offers your students the opportunity of unique and memorable experiences, and a chance to mix with other pupils and build confidence. A trip to Barcelona is a great choice to offer as part of your activities week programme in 2017 ...

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Our Top Berlin Excursion

Lucy from the Select team has recently returned from a trip to Berlin and was especially enthused by one particular excursion, which in her words was ‘relevant, interactive, fantastic!’ The DDR Museum takes visitors on a jouney to Germany's Socialis ...

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Five Great Ski Destinations in Europe for Beginners

When taking a group of students for their first ski experience, it's important to find a resort that is beginner-friendly so that your group can build their confidence on reassuring, safe and varied slopes. We’ve highlighted some of or favourite res ...

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Meet our Curriculum Consultant - Mike Scott

"I became a teacher in 1984 and soon after began to take groups to the battlefields of World War One. I soon discovered my great passion in education – outdoor learning in all weathers. I have long believed that it is important to bring learning, es ...

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