Helping Schools to Travel with Confidence

The School Travel forum is the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes school travel and upholds best in class health and safety processes within our membership.

Our Mission

The STF is a dynamic partnership of dedicated professionals passionate in providing travel experiences for schools and students which enhance their social, cultural, and educational growth.

Our Vision

The STF is acknowledged as the authority on school and youth travel. Its members are recognised for providing the highest quality experiences for student and youth travellers, along with best in class health and safety management systems, which the STF helps members to develop, implement and sustain. Membership of the STF is essential for all school and student travel organisers.


Covid and re-starting educational trips

On behalf of the school travel industry, we are working with ABTA, the School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group and the Foreign Office to keep our members up to date and provide clear accurate information regarding school travel. To read more about our work to re-start overseas educational and youth visits. click here

If you have any questions, please see the guidance given by the FCO https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and ABTA https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak.

For press enquiries please contact ABTA at [email protected]




The Mark of Quality Educational Travel

Our scheme provides vital reassurance to schools, enabling them to travel safe in the knowledge that STF members are rigorously assessed by external qualified auditors on all health and safety matters.

Ensuring 24/7 support, fair business practices and complete financial security, our mark gives peace of mind to parents.  Teachers also benefit, as our scheme reduces paperwork and is recognised by the Outdoor Educational Advisors Panel.

As the awarding body of the LOtC Quality Badge, we’re proud that our work helps students to enjoy the best outdoor learning opportunities possible in a safe environment.


  • Research

    The STF conducts surveys to collate the opinions of teachers and to monitor trends within the educational travel market. Discover our latest survey results here.

  • Guidance

    Clearly written and fully detailed, our guidance documents provide vital advice to teachers, parents and group travel organisers.

  • Safety Management

    All STF Assured Members adhere to a strict code of practice and Safety Management Standards. This section provides full details.

  • White Paper Documents

    Official policy documents and government reports on all issues related to educational travel can be found here.

Widespread Recognition

Since its inception the School Travel Forum has won widespread recognition and support for the way it simplifies and provides essential reassurance for leaders looking to organise study, sports & ski trips. Teachers using an STF Assured Member can be secure knowing that their travel partner:

  • Understands and facilitates the needs of educational travel
  • Manages safety effectively
  • Offers fair terms and conditions, and the best financial security
  • Is fully inspected every year by independent experts

From its beginning the STF initiative won the support of the ASCL, ATL, NAHT, NUT and Voice.  It was welcomed by the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) and the DCSF, and NASUWT advised members wishing to organise school trips to use companies that had this type of scheme. Our standards have been adopted as the benchmark for all companies operating Study, Sports and Cultural Tours by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom's Quality Badge award.  This provides for the first time a national accreditation combining the essential elements of provision - learning and safety - into one easily recognisable and trusted award. 

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Our Reassurance To Group Leaders, Schools and Employers

The STF is much more than a simple membership organisation, all Assured Members of the STF are required to adhere to a rigorous Code of Practice and Safety Management Standards and be audited each year by Argent Health & Safety, the UK’s leading Health and Safety Consultancy specialising in Travel, to ensure continuing compliance.

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