The Learning Away project was a special initiative set up in 2009 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to carry out research with schools and demonstrate the positive impact that high quality residential learning can have. The findings showed that residentials have a number of benefits:
- Improve students’ engagement with learning
- Improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding
- Support students’ achievement
- Foster deeper relationships
- Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and well-being
- Boost cohesion and a sense of belonging
- Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation
- Smooth students’ transition experiences
- Widen and develop teachers’ pedagogical skills
Read the summary report by Learning Away and the full report by York Consulting here: http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/evidence/independent-evaluation-of-learning-away/
Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/193719291
FSC is part of the Learning Away Consortium, which has been given additional ‘legacy’ funding to promote and share the findings from this extensive research into the benefits of residential learning. The campaign aims to increase the number of young people taking part in residentials and improve the quality of residential provision.
We have pledged our support as an organisation to the campaign here: http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/pledge/
What makes a brilliant residential?
Brilliant residentials are school trips with at least one overnight stay, which are:
- Fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
- Designed and led by teachers and, where appropriate, students
- Inclusive and affordable for all students
- Deliberately and collaboratively planned to meet students’ specific learning needs, and to embed and reinforce learning back in school
- Part of a progressive programme of experiences
- Designed to include a wide range of new and memorable experiences
- Designed to allow space for students to develop collaborative relationships with both peers and staff
- Evaluated rigorously
- Supported by senior leadership and school governors.
Find information on learningaway.org.uk on how to develop a brilliant residential.
How do FSC courses do this?
Fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
Our courses are created by our experienced education team using curriculum and exam board specifications so that teachers can fit them in with work at school. 80% of school groups who book with us return year after year ensuring the residential is embedded within the school.
“Kindrogan is a big thing in our school. They do it every year in P5 so everyone looks forward to it”
Teacher from Balmedie Primary School during their visit to FSC Kindrogan in 2015
Designed and led by teachers and, where appropriate, students
We have teams of full time field teachers at each centre who teach groups and deliver outdoor learning all year round. These field teachers create our course content and work with teachers before and after their visit to ensure it meets their school’s requirements.
Inclusive and affordable for all students
We have flexible prices which vary depending on course length, time of year, arrival and departure days/times and course content. We also have an FSC Bursary Fund which subsidises course fees for pupils living in the most deprived parts of the UK.
Deliberately and collaboratively planned to meet students’ specific learning needs, and to embed and reinforce learning back in school
By speaking with the teacher before, during and after courses we tailor content to fit in with work back in the classroom. Some courses provide work that is done in school before and/or after the course to enhance the benefits of the residential.
Part of a progressive programme of experiences
FSC is a vocal champion and advocate for residential outdoor education and fieldwork. We have a network of UK Centres which means that we can offer schools further visits in different locations, offering students new experiences.
Designed to include a wide range of new and memorable experiences
All our courses are packed with inspiring outdoor activities to offer new challenges, great memories and enable students to try a host of new things that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do.
“I will never forget doing pond dipping. Using a net to catch and study insects that live underwater was so much fun” Primary school pupil after visiting FSC Preston Montford in 2016
Designed to allow space for students to develop collaborative relationships with both peers and staff
Our residential outdoor learning courses have a wide range of team building activities to encourage relationship building between students. Because the course is led by our field teacher it frees up the class teacher to spend more time with their students and strengthen their bond.
“It also helps our students to get to know each other and their teachers in a way that benefits their learning throughout the rest of the academic year.”
Teacher from City & Islington College after visiting FSC Juniper Hall in 2015
Teachers are encouraged and asked to provide feedback after every FSC course which we use to evaluate our offer. We are also assessed externally with all FSC centres holding the LOtC Quality Badge and undergoing regular assessment to achieve this. We also hold the Geographical Association's Primary Geography Mark and Secondary Geography Mark.
Supported by senior leadership and school governors
We provide help for teachers to justify their residential trip to FSC:
Why choose us for primary school trips
Why choose us for geography
Why choose us for biology
Browse the FSC Outdoor Classroom courses for schools, colleges and universities