Learner engagement

Learning Away is learning how brilliant residentials can improve young people’s engagement with their learning, and how this engagement can be sustained beyond the trip to lead to improved achievement in the longer term.

Brilliant residentials aim to foster a deep motivation for learning. We found that, through these residentials, engaged learners don’t just ‘behave’ – they take responsibility for their learning, choose to bring energy to it and have a commitment to learning that extends beyond school.

Learning Away has been exploring the impact of residentials on the quality of learner engagement and learning achievement in three areas:

Our action research suggest that residentials can play a key role in learner engagement. Read our independent research findings, and watch Learning Away teachers describe their experiences:

Find out more about this definition of engagement, and other ways schools and organisations are finding of developing these qualities, in Learning Futures: a vision for engaging schools.


Be inspired by our case studies from Learning Away schools.

Explore Getting Started and access free resources to help you plan your own brilliant residentials.

Have a look at our theory about how change happens on brilliant residentials.

Read our recommendations for schools, providers, policy makers and researchers.