How do teachers benefit from accompanying their pupils on an Outward Bound course?
In 2014, drawing on the findings of previous research we had conducted, we gathered feedback from teachers to help us understand how they had benefited from accompanying their pupils on one of our courses.
All of the teachers said that they had benefited 'professionally' from the experience. The vast majority reported that they had benefited from improved relationships with their pupils and observing qualities in their pupils that the young people did not or cannot show in a school environment. The majority of the teachers said that they had increased their understanding of their pupils' abilities and over a quarter believed that they had developed their teaching skills.
CHART 1: 'Professional' benefits teachers derived from accompanying their pupils on an
Outward Bound course.
Almost all (97%) of the teachers also reported that accompanying their pupils during the Outward Bound course had brought about at least one 'personal' benefit for them. The majority enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and/or completing adventurous course activities. More than half of the teachers reported that they had benefited from being challenged and over a third said that they had benefited from achieving more than they had thought they could during the course.
[I] FELT A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN BEING INVOLVED IN ORGANISING SUCH A POSITIVE EVENT. Director of Key Stage 4
The evidence we gathered in 2014 provides support for our 2013 findings and indicates that our courses bring about considerable benefits for the teachers who accompanying their pupils.