What makes a brilliant residential?

During the first phase of Learning Away, we worked with sixty partner schools over five years.  As a result we have a clear picture of what we mean by high-quality residential learning, and have coined the phrase ‘brilliant residentials’ to describe these experiences.

Brilliant residentials are school trips with at least one overnight stay, which are:

York Consulting were the independent evaluators for the first phase of Learning Away.  Their final report confirmed that, through brilliant residentials as described above, schools can achieve significant breakthroughs in learner engagement, attainment and progress, teacher-student relationships, and wider school cohesion. Read more about the positive outcomes for students and schools that brilliant residentials can bring.

You can explore the principles of brilliant residentials further in this section of the website.

Watch this short film to learn more about the Brilliant Residentials story and campaign.


Be inspired by our case studies from Learning Away schools.

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

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

Read our independent evaluation report.

Access free resources to help you plan your own brilliant residentials.