Term Time Travel
Term Time Travel
Interski has always led the way in providing financial assistance for those travelling in term-time, providing students with an opportunity to experience a great educational snowsport course at even more attractive rates. The scheme is easy to use and there are no complicated restrictions.
All you have to do is:
- Book an Interski snowsport course which takes place during a full week of YOUR school/college term
- Then choose from one of two options:
- to discount the snowsport course by £60 per paying student, OR
- to opt for an ex gratia contribution to be paid directly to your school fund to be used as you see fit. This will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure when Interski will forward a cheque to the value of £650 for every 10 full paying students in the group.
The above benefits are increased to £75 or £800 respectively if you qualify for Interski plus! status.
With prices considerably lower during off-peak/term-time weeks than the February half-term or Easter weeks, the opportunity to reap the historical, geographical, cultural and social benefits of a trip to the Alps are opened up to many more students. Our term-time pack outlines the benefits to be gained while our study pack can be used as an academic aid. We will be delighted to send you these to help you convince your senior management team. Just ask!
With our ex gratia contributions to the school fund of £650 per group of 10 students (which can be used to release staff during term-time), one objection to taking students out of school or college is eliminated.
Snowsports and the National Curriculum
The educational value of term-time trips is recognised by many schools across the country, and they get huge benefits from travelling at this time of year. Even the National Curriculum underlines the value of adventure activities - "the school curriculum should enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilites, to manage risk and to cope with change and adversity". (Extract from 'Aims for the School Curriculum', The National Curriculum, Dept for Education and Skills & QCA, 1999).
A residential snowsport course offers many opportunities for environmental education and awareness. Valuable contributions can be made to personal and social development as well as the acquisition of a physical skill. As skiing and snowboarding are not difficult sports to learn, relying on technique rather than strength or fitness, they can be enjoyed by those who may have previously shown little or no enthusiam for other sporting activities covered by the PE curriculum. Snowsport is an individual, rather than a team, sport and is accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities (please check with us first so that we are aware of any special requirements).
We are happy to provide video evidence for GCSE and AS/A2 PE (intermediate+ ability only). Just let us know in advance and bring along the paperwork, a mini DV tape, an IGB memory card and a copy of the syllabus.
We produce Geography and History Study Packs, together with an academic town trail around the old Roman regional capital, Aosta. We would also be pleased to help with Duke of Edinburgh or Travel and Tourism courses and can arrange technical evening lectures, historical/geographical visits and work/diary periods after skiing.
There are many arguments for an against snowsport courses being organised during the school term and, where there is a choice, it is in the students' best interests to travel when prices are substantially lower, thus making it more accessible to more youngsters. In addition, resorts, accommodation and, most importantly, the slopes, are much less crowded than during the much busier peak New Year, February half-term and Easter holiday periods.
For hard evidence on the value of the outdoors and a challenge to deliver fair access to all, read the English Outdoor Council's document entitled 'Time for a Change in Outdoor Learning'.