Learning Away Research

Learning Away Research

Brilliant residentials and their impact on children, young people and schools

Since 2009 Learning Away, developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has been working closely with 60 primary, secondary and special schools to demonstrate the positive impact that high-quality residential learning can have on learner engagement and achievement, on peer and teacher-student relationships, and on the powerful professional development opportunities it can provide for staff.


Improve students’ engagement with learning


79% of secondary students indicated that the residential had made them realise that what they learn at school is important to them



Improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding

60% of secondary students felt they had a better understanding of what they were trying to learn




Support students’ achievement

From one of the schools studied, 61% of the students achieved higher than their predicted grade, compared to 21% who did not attend



65Foster deeper relationships with peers and teachers

65% of secondary students said their teachers had a better understanding of how they liked to learn 84% of secondary students said that because of their residential, they got on better with other pupils in class



Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and well-being

87% of secondary student are more confident to try new thingsrun




Boost cohesion and a sense of belonging

82% of secondary students said that their residential experience helped them realise they could get on with people from other classes or schools




Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation


Following the residential there was a 67% increase in the number of students who felt that they could be a role model


67% friends

Smooth students’ transition experiences

67% of KS2 pupils said they found it easier to make new friends because of their residential



Widen and develop teachers’ pedagogical skills

78% of staff involved felt that Learning Away had a ‘significant’ or ‘transformative’
impact on their understanding of their students’ strengths and limitations


You can download the summary report here, which includes everything you need to make the case for, plan, deliver and evaluate the impact of brilliant residentials.