Extensive research from Learning Away indicates that the transformation from attending a residential is greater the sooner it takes place in the school year. Winter residentials also allow for new learning opportunities that a summer residential can’t always provide, such as exploring in the dark and exhilarating winter weather.
Here are six benefits of taking students on a winter residential, supported by the evidence collected through the Learning Away action research.
1. Boost resilience and wellbeing
Residentials improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and wellbeing. Students are more willing to try something new and ask for help, push themselves and participate in class. Imagine teaching a class with more self-belief for the rest of the school year after going on a winter residential.
87% of secondary students felt more confident to try new things after a residential
2. Increase engagement with learning
Residentials improve students’ engagement with learning, including positive changes in behaviour and attendance. Going on a residential in the winter months will give them a passion for learning which can live on throughout the year.
72% of primary pupils said that their behaviour at school is better after a residential and 71% of secondary pupils felt more strongly motivated to learn
3. Embed learning back in school
Going on a winter residential allows time for learning and development to be embedded back in school. We know residentials have a long term impact on students’ progress and attainment when followed up on their return to school.
77% of pupils said the way they were taught on the residential will help them do better in the subject in question
4. Foster deeper relationships
Residentials foster deeper relationships which are sustained back in school. The sooner a teacher gets to know their pupils, the sooner they can ‘set them up for success’. Winter residentials allow relationships between staff and students to become more trusting and respectful back in the classroom. Students get to know teachers as individuals; staff gain a better understanding of their students and how to respond to them.
79% of primary pupils said they know their teacher better as a result of their residential and 84% of secondary students said they get on better with others in their class
5. Discover new learning opportunities
The longer nights and shorter days offer new learning opportunities on an outdoor residential:
- Try out astronomy
- Take a night walk
- Go exploring in the dark
- Enjoy exhilarating winter weather
The beginning of the school year is also a great time of year to kick start key subjects with inspiring hands on learning indoors.
6. Greater return on investment
Winter residentials can also be more affordable giving schools the benefit of a greater return on investment.
You can also get up to 40% funding to help pay for an Outward Bound course during the winter months. With our financial assistance a 5-day fully inclusive residential could cost as little as £210pp*. This funding is available as we’re a charity committed to ensuring as many young people as possible get access to adventurous and challenging outdoor learning courses.
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Find out how The Outward Bound Trust can help you and your school – simply fill in the no obligation enquiry form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your options. Or call us now on 01931 740 000.