Brilliant Residentials and their impact on children, young people and schools - 2017
Learning Away started life as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative in 2009. Since then we have worked closely with 60 primary, secondary and special schools to demonstrate the positive impact that high-quality residential learning can have on children, young people and schools.
Residentials provide the opportunity and experience of living with others. This transforms relationships and develops a strong sense of community and belonging between staff and students involved. Our evaluators found that this sense of community supports a wide range of positive social and learning outcomes long after the return to school.
Five years of independent evaluation have produced strong evidence about the numerous positive impacts of Learning Away for participating students, staff and the wider school community. This evidence shows that Learning Away residentials:
Improve students’ engagement with learning
Improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding
Support students’ achievement
Foster deeper relationships
Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and well-being
Boost cohesion and a sense of belonging
Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation
Smooth students’ transition experiences
Widen and develop teachers’ pedagogical skills