Educational Support Programme

We transform young lives forever through travel and real adventure.

Because we believe every child should have the same chance to discover, explore and grow. We create unique opportunities for people from all backgrounds to experience amazing places, share extraordinary journeys and take a different path through life.

Our Educational Breaks Programmes offers support to educational groups where members of the group are eligible for pupil premium and where children and young people face additional social challenges. We are particularly keen to support groups of young people who have not undertaken a residential activity previously.

Groups are able to apply for support for up to 10 individual pupils, for up to 50% of the programme costs.

Because YHA relies on the generosity of its donors and supporters to deliver our life changing work our programmes are discretionary and subject to eligibility criteria.

Our guidance notes can support you to complete the application. If you need support to complete the application or you have any questions please contact our breaks team on 01629 592 723 or by an email at [email protected]

The break you are applying for must make a significant difference to the group of children/ young people, so please tell us as much as you can about why this will make a real difference. To be eligible the child or young person must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and meet the following criteria. The children/young people who you are applying for must:

  • Live in severe poverty, have additional challenges, with children being eligible for pupil premium

    Available Breaks

  • YHA London Lee Valley

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA London Thameside

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Grinton Lodge

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Haworth

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA York

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Whitby

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Boggle Hole

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Hawkshead

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Windermere

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Wilderhope Manor

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Edale

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Sheringham

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Holmmbury St Mary

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Eden Project

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Treyarnon Bay

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Cardiff Central

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Wye Valley

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Conwy

    September – March (excluding October half term)

  • YHA Okehampton

    September – March (excluding October half term)

Our programmes information

Our resources are limited. We don’t receive any government funding; we are reliant on our donors and supporters. We regret we cannot assist every applicant and aim to reach those in greatest need. We can only provide groups/schools with one break per year. All requests for assistance must be made by completing an application form to apply for an advertised educational break. A provisional booking must be in place for an advertised educational break. All applications should be made by a senior member of the organisation on behalf of a specific group of young people. Members of the group must have permanent legal residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for the last 12 months. The child or young people must be aged 8 - 18 years old at the time of application. YHA can only consider applications made during an advertised application period. We can provide accommodation for a maximum of 2 nights and a food package. The application will be made on behalf of children/young people who are living in severe poverty and who are eligible for pupil premium. Awards made under the Educational Breaks programme are for the direct benefit of the young person(s) named in the application. The programme cannot offer assistance to children/young people not named in the application. Awards will be made for a maximum of 10 children/young people under the age of 18. If you have a greater number of children in your group, please contact our Educational Breaks team to discuss this in more detail. We will award up to 50% of each young person’s break, this will be discounted from your invoice. If prior to the trip the number of children applied for changes you must contact the Breaks Team before the trip takes place to advise of any changes. The locations, times and dates of breaks may on occasion be subject to change at YHA’s discretion for operational reasons. Whilst we will try to allocate accommodation on the preferences selected we are unable to guarantee these choices. The group of children/ young people must meet the qualifying criteria. YHA will not provide care or childcare for the duration of your break. Groups will be responsible for the welfare of children/young people in their care for the duration of the break. YHA is unable to provide transport. You will be required to make your own travel arrangements to and from the hostel or camp. Educational Breaks can only take place at a YHA hostel. Breaks, locations and dates are subject to availability. Once your booking has been confirmed each group will be required to adhere to YHA’s standard booking terms and conditions. YHA cannot reimburse groups, families or individuals for money that has already been spent or for breaks that have already taken place. All successful applications will be required to complete an experience monitoring form which will help us understand the difference the break made to your group, the lives of young people and how we can continually improve our support to other young people.