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Running effective residential trips

Lindsey Simpson offers some tips on how to organise and structure effective residential trips for your pupils

At best, residential learning can transform pupils’ relationships with teachers, learning and school. At worst, they risk being a glorified holiday. So how can schools ensure that their residentials are effective? Helpfully, last year York Consulting completed their independent review of Learning Away, a £2.3 million, five-year charitable initiative studying residentials. Some powerful lessons emerged.

When residentials are integrated with the curriculum they have greater impact by adding a new dimension to learning. To do this effectively, you need to create firm links between the classroom and your residential.

This means that on the one hand, activities at the residential reference learning from previous class lessons. On the other, output and activities from the residential are used and discussed as part of subsequent classroom-based lessons. So integrate curriculum learning goals into activities and reference specific links to classroom activities past and future.

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