The impact of residential experiences on pupil progress and attainment in year six (10 – 11 year olds) in England - 2019
This study confirms the profound and transformative impact that residential experiences can have on pupils. Findings also conclude that this impact is significantly greater for ‘vulnerable’ pupils.
The comparative research project involving year 6 pupils from eight schools in Wigan who took part in a four-night residential experience, found the experience enhanced and transformed relationships, increased engagement and helped the pupils to become resilient and mindful, with enhanced metacognition.
Schools involved found the nature of a residential enabled their pupils to find new ways of being friendly and children were able to develop friendships across normal social groups. They experienced a sense of achievement, a growing sense of motivation to learn and be part of the community, along with growing respect for each other. Children also developed pro-active behaviours in the tasks, in community life and socially.
The study was conducted by University of Cumbria on behalf of Learning Away, a consortium of organisations committed to championing the benefits of school and youth residentials, to test the initial Learning Away research released in 2017 and further explore the impact of these experiences.