The Radcliffe School

Each year, this secondary school runs two five-day maths residentials, targeted at its Year 10 and 11 C/D borderline maths students.

Based at the Longrigg Outdoor Centre, each day students have three two-hour maths sessions and six hours of outdoor and adventurous activities.

Tuition is informal and relaxed, and tailored to individual students’ needs. Unlike other Learning Away models, the outdoor activities and maths sessions are entirely unconnected. The outdoor activities simply act as a reward for the hard work put in on the maths sessions. The residential is extremely popular with students.

Early indications suggest this model has a positive impact on attainment. York Consulting’s independent evaluation of the impact of the Learning Away approaches is ongoing, with a further report due in Spring 2014. Read the latest interim findings, or sign up to our e-newsletter to be the first to know when the new research is published.

“Figure 3.2 indicates that more than two thirds (69%) of the residential group achieved a C pass at GCSE compared to none of the comparator group.”

York Consulting, Evaluation of Learning Away: Interim Report 1, June 2013