A robust learning outside the classroom programme is embedded into the curriculum of each South Hetton partnership school, helping to develop resilient, self-confident and communicative children (download an example plan). The schools decided to extend this to parents and carers, recognising that they were missing out on seeing their children in a new light, as well as seeing potential to develop develop their practical (camping) and parenting skills.
As Kelly points out in this four-minute film, many local families have a vision of the east of County Durham as ex-mining communities, barren and without interest. In fact, the coastline is stunningly beautiful and not only do family residentials enable families to have a holiday together, perhaps for the first time, but they also introduce families to some of the fantastic features and attractions they may never otherwise experience.
Following successful supported family camping residentials, parents and carers are able to ‘rent-a-tent’ in order to take a break as a family. All the equipment they need is provided, and it can even be transported to a campsite if necessary.