Learning Away’s research has shown that residentials have a greater impact when they are

However, it is clear from the 2008 Ofsted report about Learning Outside the Classroom, that the level of planning involved in delivering this impact does not always take place. The report listed some concerns, suggesting that many residentials too often provide:

  • limited integration of residential learning with the wider curriculum (particularly in primary schools)
  • outsourcing of residential learning to external providers rather than being planned, managed and evaluated by school staff and students
  • limited variety of activities or models of residential experiences
  • little progression in relation to residential learning.

This section of the website (and the linked cases studies) share some of the planning approaches developed by Learning Away schools, focusing on:

You can also find out more about how to plan brilliant residentials in our free planning tools resource.


Be inspired by our case studies from Learning Away schools.

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. 

Read our independent evaluation report.