We know that designing and delivering teacher-led residentials can mean an extra draw on already-stretched resources, but the experience of Learning Away schools is that – with the correct planning and support – the benefits far outweigh the costs.

In the first phase of the project, Learning Away researched the value of teacher-led residentials: learning experiences planned by school staff, sometimes in close partnership with residential providers. Teachers are well placed to develop experiences that integrate with the curriculum, address the specific needs of students and work within the systems and culture of the school, its families and community. Brilliant residentials also provide excellent opportunities for teachers to develop deeper knowledge of the young people they work with, build more effective relationships, and trial new teaching and learning approaches.

Learning Away schools have learnt to make good use of other people as staff on residentials. Experts can be bought in for specialist input. Parents, governors, community members and student teachers will often volunteer. Older students have been trained to lead activities and support younger children, with all the added benefits of leadership experience this brings for them. This variety of people can contribute to the quality and lower the cost of residentials.

In this section of the website you can learn more about how to build, train and support a broader team to deliver maximum impact during and beyond your brilliant residential.


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.