Best Practice

Learning Away: Excellence in residential trips

The Learning Away scheme is helping schools to develop outstanding practice in education outside the classroom and residential trips. Peter Carne explains.

For five roastingly hot days in July, 80 year 10 students from the Canterbury Academy in Kent took part in a residential visit at Hampton Court Palace.

The main purpose of the visit was to enable disengaged students to learn and achieve in a more positive, supportive and inspirational environment – altering the way they interact with their subjects by taking them out of their normal school environment over an extended period of time.

The idea for this residential – believed to be the first of its kind at a historic site in the UK – emerged as a result of a new partnership between Historic Royal Palaces and the Learning Away initiative from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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