- More frequent and more sustainable residential experiences can be provided.
- Greater numbers of children can experience each residential.
- Since lower-cost models tend to occur fairly locally to school, they can be less daunting for younger children.
- Children with additional needs – medical or behavioural, perhaps – who might not be able to access a residential far from home are able to attend the whole event or part of it.
- Schools have greater control over the logistics of the residential; children can therefore play a key role in the planning of activities in advance as well as during the event.
- There is more freedom to adapt the programme to better meet the needs of individuals –external factors (e.g. other school visits to the site) are unlikely to affect the programme and there are fewer time restrictions. This enables activities and tasks to be modified to suit the needs of the children on the day.
In this short film, Siobhan Tolson and Nikki Taylor, members of staff at Snakewood Primary School (part of the Bulwell EAZ Learning Away partnership) and the parent of a child at the school talk about the benefits for children of their low-cost camping model.