Could you help the Learning Away consortium achieve its vision for more children and young people in schools to experience high-quality residentials and the life changing experiences they offer?

Learning Away started life as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative in 2009. Since then we have worked closely with 60 primary, secondary and special schools to demonstrate the positive impact that high-quality residential learning can have on children, young people and schools.  Through this action research project, we have gathered powerful and compelling evidence about the transformative impact school trips with an overnight stay can have on everyone involved.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has provided further ‘legacy’ funding to Learning Away, which has been awarded to a consortium of organisations, led by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. The funding is enabling the consortium to lead the #BrilliantResidentials campaign which shares these compelling findings and recommendations via the Learning Away website, social media, events and workshops. The campaign calls upon schools, teachers, parents, students, residential providers, Initial Teacher Education providers, youth groups and all those working with young people across the UK to work together to provide more and higher quality brilliant residentials.

We are currently looking for a new consortium member who will join the Learning Away consortium to help make our vision a reality. The main requirements are:

  • A commitment and dedication to the vision of Learning Away
  • Attendance at bi-monthly meetings arranged at accessible locations around the UK (meetings typically last 3 hours)

On this occasion we are particularly interested in identifying consortium members who can represent the teachers’ voice, and would welcome hearing from you if you are actively involved in education and have good access to teacher networks and a good reputation with senior leaders in schools.  This might particularly interest you if you are:

  • A head teacher or senior leader in a school (particularly from a school who has experience in providing high quality residentials)
  • From a representative body of teachers (such as a teacher network or Trade Union)
  • From an organisation that works with Initial Teacher Trainers
  • We would also welcome applications from those with relevant experience who would strengthen our board in other ways. For example we welcome members who would strengthen our ethnic diversity

Further Information

The published summary of the Learning Away findings can be seen here and a short film about our campaign can be seen here.

Further details about the Learning Away Consortium and the members involved can be seen here.


If you are interested, please contact one of the following for an informal conversation:

Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC): 07545696882 or 

Kim Somerville, Learning Away Campaign Coordinator: 07834167648 or

Closing date for interested candidates is 8 September 2017