Educaitonal Day Visits
According to the DfE Charging for School Activities published in October 2014, nothing prevents a school from asking for voluntary contributions for any educational school trip. However, of the activity cannot be funded without voluntary contributions, the Governing Body or Head Teacher should make this clear to parents at the outset. It mus also be made clear to parents and carers that there is no obligation to make any contribution.
No child will be excluded from an activity because their parent or carer are unwilling or unable to pay. If insufficient voluntary contributions are raised to fund a visit, or the school cannot fund it from another source, then it must be cancelled. This must be made clear when the visit is first organised. If a parent or carer is unwilling or unable to pay, their child will still be given an equal chance to go on the visit. Unless otherwise stated by the Head Teacher, every child will have the opportunity to have access to at least one school educational visit per academic year.
If a parent or carer of a child attending a residential visit are in receipt of the following, they will be exempt from paying the cost of board and lodging: