Agents are offered the chance to join small group visits to a number of schools in a particular region of the UK immediately following a Workshop. These familiarisation or FAM trips are valued by the agents as they enhance the Workshop experience, giving them an opportunity to see the schools first hand, visit the local area and meet staff and students.
There are normally three trips on offer following each Workshop, each involving 5-6 schools located in different regions of the UK, to be visited over 2-3 days. Each trip can normally accommodate around 15 agents. The organisers of the BBS Workshop select the clusters of schools and invite them to host an agent visit. Most of the schools will be attending the Workshop but sometimes the group will include one or more schools that attended a previous Workshop.
BBSN is responsible for organising the FAM trips and works with the schools to organise the accommodation and schedule. There is an admin fee for each participating agent, payable to BBSN. The costs of transport (apart from the cost of the return journey to London from the final school visited), accommodation and meals for the agents are met jointly by the schools. The schools agree as a group which agents they accept on their trip, depending on which countries they are keen to recruit pupils from.
How do agents sign up?
When agents apply to attend the Workshop, they are given the opportunity to apply to join one of the FAM trips on offer. Agents will be informed once their place on a trip has been confirmed and an invoice for the administration fee will then be sent.
How can we host a FAM trip?
Please contact us if you are interested in being one of our FAM trip host schools.