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Bring that ‘wow factor’ to your geography trip with a Field Study Tutor

Our geography trips are designed to work successfully as independently-led tours, but we highly recommend that you opt for one of our experienced Field Study Tutors (FSTs) for some on-hand support.

Field Study Tutors (FSTs) are our unique geography experts who know everything there is to know about geography. Not only can they offer a reassuring ‘arm around your shoulder’ from the moment of arrival, but they have a wealth of knowledge about each destination and the geographical expertise to really bring the landscape to life.

  • The Role of an FST
  • The Benefits of an FST
  • How an FST Enhances the Learning Experience
  • Meet the Team

The Role of an FST

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It’s simple really, they’re there to impart their specialist knowledge and geographical insight to inspire your students and take the pressure off you as the party leader. They’ve got all the know-how on your chosen destination and the visits you’ll embark on, so you can concentrate on working with smaller groups of students while they bring the surroundings to life for all.

The Benefits of an FST

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The benefits are endless… They know the area and the sights like the backs of their hands, so you can feel confident that they will support you in delivering the geographical input in a way that will engage and excite your students. Even better, all of our FSTs have a background in geography teaching and touring! They are just as passionate as you about enthusing young minds about geography in the field, and with their expert knowledge they do just that.

Our FSTs will also introduce your group to the culture and customs of your destination, as well as help you with all things logistic to ensure your tour runs smoothly. Just leave it to us!

How an FST Enhances the Learning Experience

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How don’t they? They work with you to find out exactly what you as a group want to achieve and tailor your itinerary to your curricular needs. All of our geography tours allow students to get up close and personal with the landscape, but an FST can help students see what lies beyond it. Students will be able to visualise and feel the experience first-hand, and we think there’s no better learning experience than that.

With us there’s no one size fits all. Our FSTs can tailor their delivery in terms of vocabulary and explanations to cater for students of all ages and levels. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Want to find out more?

Speak to a member of our team today on 01332 347 828 about integrating the services of an FST onto your next tour.

Meet the Team


Catherine Rule

Geography Tours Development Manager

Having been a geography teacher for the last 17 years, Catherine brings with her a wealth of geographical knowledge and enthusiasm. As an FST herself and our Geography Tours Development Manager, Catherine will be:

  • Managing our pool of specialist Field Study Tutors
  • Building on our fantastic resources to ensure that they stay up-to-date with curriculum changes
  • Liaising with you to ensure that your itinerary is completely tailored to your curricular needs
Ian Geddes

Ian Geddes

Ian became a Field Study Tutor in 2010 when he left teaching, calculating that before joining Rayburn Tours he had taken around 800 students abroad on school geography trips! With degrees in Geography and Geology, he’s combined his love of travelling with the role of a Field Study Tutor and so far has been to Morocco, Iceland and Switzerland.

Jo Keene

Jo Keene

With a Geography degree and a graduate diploma in Conservation, Jo joined the company in 2010. She’s got bags of experience in travelling and leading groups abroad from her research expeditions to exotic areas like Indonesia and Venezuela, but her favourite destination is Iceland. Due to the ever-changing scenery, there’s always something new to see.

Shirley Milton

Shirley Milton

Shirley has been with Rayburn Tours since 2011, recently retiring from 36 years of teaching geography. Having helped organise and run trips all over the world to destinations like Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Iceland, the Netherlands and the UK, Shirley is a real globetrotter. Her specialties lie in physical geography and Iceland, and she also has an interest in geology.

Our Field Study Tutors are available in all of our destinations! Why not integrate a Field Study Tutor in your geography trip to give your students the ultimate geography experience?

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