The original aim of Learning Away, during its ‘action research’ phase, was to encourage schools across the UK to make a significant shift in their commitment to providing high-quality residential learning experiences for their students.
We wanted to encourage more than just the 60 schools involved (our initial ‘community of practice’) to commit to the concept of brilliant residentials – experiences that benefit all of their students, are affordable, are integrated with the curriculum, involve more teachers in developing their practice, and help transform schools. To do this we have begun to develop a ‘community of interest’.
Our current community of interest now numbers more than 500 schools and residential providers. We want to continue to grow this community and further engage these interested schools in developing their residential practice, encouraging them to share their experiences and learning with us.
We want to build schools’ commitment to providing high-quality residential learning experiences, so that brilliant residentials – and the impacts they have on students, teachers and schools – are developed and sustained in the long term.
To support schools and residential providers wanting to design their own brilliant residential learning programmes, Learning Away has now:
- tested, gathered and documented compelling evidence of positive outcomes and impact for young people, teachers and schools – read the final evaluation report and findings here
- produced a diverse range of informative case studies that illustrate the new and often innovative residential models and processes developed and piloted by our Learning Away schools – browse and read these case studies here
- published eight practical, teacher-developed tools and resources to enable schools nationwide to plan and deliver their own brilliant residentials – access and download these free resources here
- produced a useful diagram that sets out and summarises our theory about the changes that happen to learning through brilliant residentials – read and download this diagram here
- developed a number of key recommendations for schools and providers, based on the findings of the final evaluation report and our work with the Learning Away schools – read these recommendations here.