Residentials

Hiking on a residential

Study confirms the profound impact of residential trips on students

2019-11-07T14:09:00+00:00

Improved wellbeing, motivation and engagement are just some of the findings from the study, conducted by the University of Cumbria.

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Planning a residential? Here are some top tips to help you from those in the know

2019-09-18T15:59:00+01:00

There’s never been a better time to start planning a residential trip for your students, but with so much to consider, where do you start? Here are some handy tips and essential advice from those in the know - centres & providers - to help you along the way. 

YHA Liverpool Central

New YHA hostels for school groups visiting Liverpool & Newcastle

2019-08-12T09:27:00+01:00

The YHA has announced it has opened two new hostels in Liverpool and Newcastle, allowing pupils to stay overnight at an affordable price.

Essex Outdoors

Action-packed adventures guaranteed with Essex Outdoors

2019-07-19T00:00:00+01:00Sponsored by

Essex Outdoors prides itself on making sure that all its school groups have amazing experiences and develop life-long memories whilst staying at its centres. 

Log cabin residential at High Ashhurst

How to evaluate residential trips and make the most of your findings

2019-06-13T10:10:00+01:00By

You’ve been on a fantastic school trip but back in the classroom it’s soon forgotten…sound familiar? Peter Carne, Learning Away Ambassador, looks at why it’s essential to evaluate your residentials, how to do it, and how you can use your analysis. 

Blenheim Estate Schools group

The Bushcraft Company to offer new school camping trips at Blenheim Estate

2019-05-27T10:06:00+01:00

The Blenheim Estate has linked up with The Bushcraft Company to offer pupils three to five-day residential camping experiences in Oxfordshire.

Kingswood

Kingswood team leader on how residentials can help the Primary-Secondary transition

2019-04-19T09:08:00+01:00

David Czerwinski, schools programmes team leader at outdoor residential and activity provider, Kingswood on how to ease the pressure with residentials. 

The Outward Bound Trust

Prince Philip hands over patronage of Outward Bound Trust

2019-03-20T15:20:00+00:00

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has handed over his patronage of The Outward Bound Trust after 65 years of service.

Students from St John's C of E school on a trip to the Isle of Wight

One school’s journey from inadequate to number one

2019-03-01T11:40:00+00:00

After being voted number one school in Surrey, Shannon Clark spoke to St John’s C of E Primary School’s head teacher Mark Richards to find out what part learning outside the classroom had in their transformational journey.

Two girls on a Field Studies Council Adventure at Castle Head in Cumbria

FSC to run new Adventure Residentials in 2019 for Primary schools

2019-02-20T08:00:00+00:00

Selected Field Studies Council (FSC) centres are offering Primary schools the chance to give their pupils a wild adventure, in real environments, this year on its new residential activity school trips.

National Memorial Arboretum

10 of the most read articles of 2018

2018-12-19T11:06:00+00:00

The last 12 months have been an exciting time for school travel. We look back at the most popular news stories and features online in 2018.

Our Lady’s Catholic High School water activity

Reaching their potential: Outward Bound Trust

2018-12-17T15:25:00+00:00

Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston sent a group of Year 9 pupils on a residential to the Outward Bound Trust’s outdoor education centre.

Adventure activity at Oaker Wood

Bonding through adventure: Oaker Wood Leisure

2018-12-04T15:21:00+00:00

Oaker Wood is a highlight for Year 6 at the Wyche CE Primary School in Malvern.

Learning outside

Embracing every opportunity

2018-11-19T15:29:00+00:00By

Kim Somerville on some of the School Travel Awards finalists who embrace opportunities. 

Stamford Welland Academy school trip to Aberdovey outdoor education centre

Leaps and Bounds: Outward Bound Trust

2018-10-18T16:05:00+01:00

A “wild camp”, cooking over fire, using axes to chop wood and a veto on mobile phones, enabled a group of students to connect with nature and each other.

Upland Primary School

'My Best School Trip' winners' prize trip

2018-09-07T08:52:00+01:00

Upland Primary School in Bexleyheath won last year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award. Headteacher Beth McKenzie reports back on what they did with the £1,500 prize money.

Pupils building a shelter

The importance of residentials for Primary schools

2018-09-06T12:33:00+01:00

Keith Browning, head of Braeside Education Centre in Devizes, Wiltshire, speaks about how residentials are even more important for Primary-age pupils.

Zipline

The power of residentials

2018-08-11T12:40:00+01:00

Teacher John Dabell on residential as a rite of passage. 

Skern Lodge

Improved facilities and new activities at Devon outdoor centre

2018-08-07T15:01:00+01:00

Learning education and adventure provider, Inspiring Learning, has acquired Skern Lodge in Devon, promising investment in facilities and activities on offer.

Kids canoeing

Getting involved in LOtC

2018-07-20T12:59:00+01:00

He’s head of Scout Adventures, and the new chairman of the Learning Away Consortium. Asa Gurden tells us how he got involved and why the Brilliant Residentials campaign is so important.

Student from Moorside Primary School

Teacher Talk: Mission possible

2018-07-09T09:54:00+01:00

Jonathan Whitwell joined Moorside Primary School in Lancaster five years ago as deputy headteacher and Year 6 teacher. 

Outward Bound Trust

Outward Bound Trust highlights generous funding offering

2018-07-03T11:45:00+01:00

The Outward Bound Trust has revealed that in 2017, 80% of its educational participants were given funding in order to help them pay for their trip.

Circle of Life Rediscovery camps

Close to nature: Circle of Life Rediscovery

2018-06-26T14:39:00+01:00

Circle of Life Rediscovery camps offered the opportunity for participants from Tiffins School in London to camp overnight in a woodland away from home, for some it was the first time. 

Students from Buckland Primary School

Teacher Talk: The key to confidence

2018-06-25T17:02:00+01:00

Barry Cook, Year 5 teacher and PE and outdoor learning lead at Buckland Primary, talks to STO about the importance of teaching kids outside of the classroom.

Woman rock climbing

Benefits of residentials for teachers

2018-06-11T14:09:00+01:00

Many students say that residentials are the most memorable experience of their time at school. But how often do we hear about the many positive impacts they have on the adults participating? Peter Carne, the national adviser for Learning Away, describes some of the benefits of taking part in a residential for teachers and other staff in schools. 

YHA

Making the most of your school trip

2018-05-29T11:10:58+01:00

Jamie Walls, Product Development Manager of Youth Hostel Association (YHA) shares with us his top tips for getting the most out of your next school trip.

Mary Driver

Teacher Talk: A driving force for LOtC

2018-05-18T17:22:00+01:00

After leaving university Mary Driver initially went to the William Ransom School for two weeks as a supply teacher - and has now been there for 36 years. 

Marina Robb

Q&A with Circle of Life Rediscovery

2018-05-09T11:58:49+01:00

We talk to Marina Robb, director of educational organisation at Circle of Life Rediscovery, who says that outdoor learning provides life changing experiences.

Kate Humble speaking at the Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference in Surrey

Inspiring Learning Beyond the Classroom conference in Surrey

2018-05-09T09:33:18+01:00

Primary school teachers and outdoor education coordinators were inspired at the Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference.

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Developing English language and communication in Primary school children

2018-05-03T10:41:21+01:00

We look at ways to develop spoken and written English in Primary aged pupils through learning outside the classroom.

Pupil Ruby Edwards on the zip wire

Lessons in laughter: Yenworthy Lodge

2018-05-01T15:16:00+01:00

In Year 6, children from Harwell Primary School have a week’s residential stay at Yenworthy Lodge, an outdoor activities centre set in six acres of woodland within the Exmoor National Park in Devon.

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YHA offers selection of packages for schools

2018-04-25T10:54:00+01:00

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) has a variety of hostels across the UK and provides different packages for outdoor learning experiences.

Circle of Rediscovery

Circle of Life Rediscovery offers outdoor learning sessions for teachers

2018-04-25T10:45:23+01:00

The outdoor learning organisation has a number of teacher and educational leader-based events coming up this year, which provide those with the skills to carry out good LOtC practise with their schools.

Rooftop Rider Zip Wire

Mount Cook to open new rooftop zip wire

2018-04-23T12:17:00+01:00

Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a centre for activity trips and residentials, has unveiled Derbyshire’s first rooftop zip wire which will officially open on 7th May.

Kingswood

Kingswood expands offering with improved centre

2018-04-16T11:32:00+01:00

Residential organisation, Kingswood, has revealed its £1million investment in Grosvenor Hall adventure centre in Ashford, Kent.

National Experience Week

Five valuable experiences gained from school trips

2018-04-10T14:13:00+01:00

To mark National Experience Week this week, we take a look at some of the most treasured experiences school pupils can take away from school travel.

Summit Centre

Rock UK opens new adventure centre in South Wales

2018-03-23T10:20:00+00:00

This summer, Rock UK Adventure Centres will open its brand new outdoor activity centre in Wales, taking its total number of centres up to four.

World Rugby Museum

Teaching Physical Education beyond the classroom

2018-03-20T11:09:00+00:00

School Travel Organiser looks at different ways to get pupils interested in Physical Education, from specialist museums to sporting tours.

Students during a raft building experience

Teacher Talk: Shaking things up

2018-03-19T17:19:00+00:00

Dan Sayers, headteacher of Independent School St Hilda’s Primary School in Harpenden, shares his passion for school trips and learning outside the classroom.

Brilliant Residentials

Learning Away to offer CPD materials for residentials

2018-03-05T15:19:27+00:00

Campaigning group, Learning Away, has revealed a new set of ‘Brilliant Residentials’ Continued Professional Development (CPD) materials available to teachers.

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School residential a success despite heavy snowfall

2018-03-02T14:44:27+00:00

Residential organisation, Conway Centres, has revealed images of a recent school trip which took place during the 'beast from the east' as it's becoming known.

School Children running

Evidence revealed on the impact of residential trips

2018-02-07T11:23:00+00:00

The results of a six-year research study into the impact of school residentials were unveiled at an event at the National Geographical Society in London. STO was there to hear all about it.

Paddle boarding

Making a splash: UKSA

2018-02-06T14:20:00+00:00

Making a splash - in some cases for the very first time - resulted in a group of Grimsby students returning to the classroom brimming with new-found confidence.

Kate Humble

Kate Humble to speak at Learning Beyond The Classroom Conference

2018-01-17T11:17:59+00:00

Television presenter Kate Humble has been announced as a key note speaker at this year’s conference which aims to inspire outdoor learning.

Poll reveals importance of outdoor education

Bohunt Education Trust poll highlights importance of outdoor education

2018-01-17T10:27:00+00:00

A survey commissioned by the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) has revealed that people want a greater focus on outdoor learning for schoolchildren.

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Campaign launched to promote equal opportunities for school trips

2017-12-19T15:20:00+00:00

A new campaign called Every Child Should has been launched in the UK and aims to promote making school trips, residentials and travel accessible to all children.

Nower Wood centre

Nower Wood Education Centre awarded LOtC badge

2017-10-17T12:02:00+01:00

Surrey Wildlife Trust has been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge for its new outdoor education centre at Nower Wood.

My Best School Trip Award

My Best School Trip finalists revealed

2017-10-09T14:26:00+01:00

Following a successful judging day held in London, five finalists have been selected for this year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award.

Artist impression of The Sill

YHA opens a new youth hostel

2017-09-29T14:58:41+01:00

YHA’s brand new flagship Youth Hostel in Northumberland National Park is now taking bookings.

Learning Away

Study reveals too many children miss out on residentials

2017-09-29T10:21:00+01:00

A recent study, carried out by Learning Away, has revealed that far too many children are missing out on potentially life-changing residential experiences.

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Learning Away launches Winter Residentials campaign

2017-09-28T12:18:38+01:00

Campaigning group, Learning Away, has launched its new campaign, #WinterResidentials, which will encourage more life-changing experiences for young people.

Kirk Ella Primary School

Award: My Best School Trip winners’ prize trips

2017-08-25T14:54:28+01:00

The winners of last year’s My Best School Trip have spent the prize money on two trips to Eskdale Youth Hostel.

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Campaign will highlight the benefits of school residentials

2017-07-11T16:53:00+01:00

Learning Away will launch a #WinterResidentials campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of residentials during the winter months.

Battlefield Live

Case study: Battlefield Live

2017-07-03T09:48:20+01:00

STO finds out about Bishop's Blue Coat CoE High School's annual trip to Battlefield Live in Knutsford.

Norfolk Lakes

Manor Adventure to open new Norfolk sports centre

2017-06-05T10:03:22+01:00

Activity company, Manor Adventure, has added a new sports centre to its list with the Norfolk Lakes Adventure Centre.

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Short sightedness; another reason to get kids out of the classroom

2017-04-06T10:46:00+01:00

Record numbers of children are now developing short sightedness; teachers have got more reason than ever before to get their pupils outside.

James from Arthur Terry School

Pupil Perspective: How outdoor education has helped me

2017-04-04T14:36:35+01:00

STO talks to James, a Year 12 student, about the impact outdoor education has had on his life.

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Develop pupils’ Creative Writing skills on a residential

2017-03-08T11:12:03+00:00

STO finds out about Arvon, a company that offers residentials to help pupils advance their Creative Writing skills.

Kingswood.

Residentials; what are the benefits beyond fun?

2016-01-27T11:33:21+00:00

School Travel Organiser takes a look at some of the benefits of residential trips and in particular Kingswood, a residential organisation located at ten different sites, which offers school groups a range of activities to support learning outside the classroom.

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Butlin’s launches learning adventures by the sea

2015-12-08T10:41:15+00:00

Butlin’s has entered the educational market by offering tailor-made, residential beachside breaks to schools.

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Warwick Castle reveals Medieval themed lodges for 2016

2015-12-04T10:36:50+00:00

Up to 16 new lodges will be available for school groups to stay in next year at Warwick Castle.