Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning


The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

You can find some key research papers here covering effective policy and practice in the sector. If you are looking to get involved in regional research, follow this link to find the research hub closest to you.


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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

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