Residentials are brilliant, we couldn't agree more
As an educational charity, with almost 75 years’ experience of developing young people naturally through our unique approach to learning and adventure in the wild, we get to witness first-hand the educational, psychological, health-related and social benefits of time invested by schools in learning outside of the classroom.
The recent key findings by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Learning Away initiative on Brilliant residentials and their impact on children, young people and schools, is further proof that high-quality residential learning 'brings about such powerful positive outcomes for young people long after their return to school'.
HAVING A RESIDENTIAL RAISES THE TIME AVAILABLE FOR INFLUENCING THE CHILD TO 100% Sir Tim Brighouse
THE TRUST DELIVERS VERY FOCUSED COURSES WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF INTERACTION BETWEEN INSTRUCTOR AND STAFF/PUPILS [WHICH] MEANS THAT THE COURSE CAN BE TAILORED TO MEET INDIVIDUAL AND SPECIFIC NEEDS. Executive Head Teacher, Primary School.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT A RESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE?
- A new environment
- Fewer distractions
- Opportunities to work intensively and be immersed in learning
- A community environment
- Opportunities to be successful and to face fears
- Opportunities to revisit and build on learning experiences
- A safe space to explore new ways of learning
- Focus on real-life activities and experiences
- Increased levels of student responsibility
WHAT MAKES A 'BRILLIANT RESIDENTIAL'?
The Learning Away report identifies a criteria for high-quality residential learning – here’s how an Outward Bound® experience measures up:
IMPACTS AND BENEFITS
York Consulting's key findings which are based on five years of evaluation, have produced strong evidence around the positive impacts of high-quality residential experiences. Echoing and providing external support for the evidence gathered during own research, the most recent of which we published in our 2014 Social Impact Report -highlighting the considerable benefits of an Outward Bound residential experience felt by students, staff and the wider school community.
Extracts taken from The Trust’s Social Impact Report 2014. A copy of the full report is available here outwardbound.org.uk/impact-and-evaluation/
Call us on 01931 740000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to discuss how The Outward Bound Trust could work in partnership with your school.
Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Learning Away publication and website provides material to help make the case for residential learning to school leaders, governors and Ofsted – sharing guidance, practical tips, and downloadable templates to help schools plan and deliver their own brilliant residential.