Learning Away has shown that residential experiences can have significant benefits for the school staff involved in their planning and delivery. These experiences have greatest impact when they are fully integrated with the curriculum, and are embedded and reinforced once back in school.
Teachers’ involvement in brilliant residentials can provide them with many opportunities to learn and experiment with a range of new, powerful pedagogical approaches to teaching. Having experienced how successful these approaches are in engaging their learners on residentials, our research shows that teachers then develop them as part of their ongoing classroom practice in school.
In addition, residentials help staff to further develop their understanding of their students, both as learners and as people. Learning Away has demonstrated that this is a major benefit of taking young people away on a residential and has a lasting impact in the classroom.
Brilliant residentials also provide new professional development opportunities and can foster new and enhanced relationships with other colleagues, as well as staff in other schools.
Find out much more about the impact on staff of their involvement in residentials here.
In these two short films, the headteacher at Calderglen High School and five staff members from the Bulwell EAZ and Canterbury Academy Learning Away partnerships describe the impact the residential programmes in their schools have had on themselves and other staff involved.
Be inspired by our case studies from Learning Away schools.
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.