Benefits for learners

Learning Away has demonstrated that providing high-quality residential learning experiences can lead to significant benefits for learners of all ages. Residential experiences can transform the learning experience of young people and raise their aspirations within school and beyond, into the wider community, further study, and the world of work. Residentials provide opportunities for schools to enhance vital study and life skills, and promote the alternative three Rs of risk, resilience and responsibility.

Our evaluation findings make it clear that involving children and young people in brilliant residential experiences can lead to:

  • improved achievement, attainment and progress
  • new and developing skills and understanding
  • improved learner engagement and motivation
  • greater enjoyment of learning
  • improved behaviour and attendance
  • significantly enhanced relationships with both staff and peers
  • enhanced resilience, confidence and wellbeing
  • more successful transition experiences
  • meaningful opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills
  • raised aspirations
  • greater cohesion and a sense of belonging.

Find out more about these impacts here and watch three staff involved in Learning Away residentials describe some of the benefits they’ve noticed for the young people they’ve take away, in this short film.


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. 

Read our independent evaluation report.