We are Equity and we provide subject specific school tours for primary, secondary, university and international groups and are one of the largest school ski trip providers in the UK.
Whether it’s a World War I Battlefields Tour to France, a business studies trip to New York or a performing arts excursion to London; our team of experts will plan an itinerary that inspires your group.
Who we are
Equity is a specialist provider of group tours for schools, colleges and other institutions, covering a range of curriculum subjects, ski trips, sports tours. Our aim is to broaden students’ horizons; to help develop an active interest in their subject, while learning about other cultures and discovering new places, because...
'We believe that learning outside the classroom is an essential part of education'
We have been taking young people around the world since 1933, which is why we are the best at what we do. We deliver educational tours, music and performing arts experiences, ski trips and sports tours. In 2014 we rebranded merging Equity with our sisters companies: School Travel Service (STS), Pavilion Tours, UK Connection and SkiPlan. Our rebrand was more than just a new logo, it was a commitment to ‘enhance the lives of young people through experiences that inspire'.
David Campbell, Managing Director of Equity, believes that school trips are an important part of a well-rounded education, complementing classroom teaching:
“We appreciate that the organisation of a school trip is a substantial investment of time and energy on the part of those who lead them, but we know the rewards are worth it. Whether you measure success in terms of a pupil’s passion for the subject or their engagement on return to class, or their growth in confidence and independence, the opportunity to experience the world outside the classroom is an important component of a well-rounded education. It is very rewarding to be a part of a company whose purpose is to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to young people.”
Our trips are carefully designed to bring your teaching to life. You’ll be amazed where the journey can take you!
Why book with Equity
We’ve got the experience
Simply put, we’ve been inspiring learning longer than anyone else (since 1933). From local contacts to health and safety issues, our experience in the business gives us a huge advantage. This means we can help you with whatever you are looking for - let us know, and we’ll put together something unique.
Government Provider of WWI Battlefield Tours
Equity has been hand selected by the government to work with the UCL Institute of Education to deliver the First World War Centenary Battlefields Programme which aims to take two pupils and one teacher from every state funded school to the battlefields in Ypres and the Somme. Read more
24/7 Emergency Contact
We do as much as we can to ensure your trip goes to plan, but should you need to contact us whilst on your trip, a duty manager is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week on an emergency number, with full details of your tour, able to deal quickly and effectively with any problems you might have.
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 state that we must provide security for the money that you have paid for school trips booked with us. We do this through a bond held by the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL number 2680. We are also a member of ABTA, number V5376. Below is further information about our financial protection and quality assurance.
Equity has a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure to help you understand how we look after the wellbeing of children and young people on our trips. It explains what our responsibilities are, our principles in enacting on our policy and how you can report any incident to our designated safeguarding officers. For more information visit www.equity.co.uk/safeguarding
ABTA (no. V5376)
Equity is a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) which is dedicated to raising standards of quality, safety, service and financial security.
You can be sure that when you book with us all of your arrangements will be in the best hands and you are protected financially by our ABTA bond.
ATOL (no. 2680)
For your complete peace of mind the air tour and flights that are arranged by Equity are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. If you are abroad with your party and an airline fails, our ATOL bonding ensures that we will get you home as quickly as possible.
School Travel Forum
We are a member of the School Travel Forum (STF). Members of the STF adhere to a rigorous Code of Practice and Safety Management Standards that are extremely verified each year.
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 condition, and the best financial security
- Fully inspected every year by independent expert
The Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge is to help schools identify good quality and safe provision, and to reduce red tape when planning educational visits. It incorporates existing safety standards for all types of activity and combines learning and safety into one easily recognisable accreditation for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences. Equity LOTC Badge Users of quality badged tour operators have the assurance that a provider delivers: Strict risk management processes across all areas of the business Robust safeguarding and child protection procedures Clear and accurate information given well in advance on services, amenities and costs Learning objectives of the activities on offer, and the flexibility to tailor activities according to groups’ needs Guidance and information on preparing pupils for the visit to maximise learning opportunities A culture of listening to schools’ feedback and working to meet their requirements The LOtC badge enables schools and youth groups to have confidence that the services offered provide maximum support and minimal paperwork.
Today, IATA's mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Its members comprise some 240 airlines - the world's leading passenger and cargo airlines among them - representing 84% of total air traffic. The IATA accreditation means that we are allowed to issue tickets on behalf of scheduled airlines.
Equity provide award winning trips -
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We love receiving updates and seeing pictures of groups throughout their trip. Take a look at our social media accounts to stay up-to-date with our current travelling groups.
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