School children on a set of high ropes

Petition puts pressure on government to reconsider schools residentials ban


A new online petition is calling for teachers and school trip providers’ support to put pressure on the Government to allow residentials to restart from the autumn term. 

FSC primary pupils explore nature outdoors

Field Studies Council’s chief executive urges the PM to allow residential school trips


The Field Studies Council’s (FSC) chief executive has written to the Prime Minister asking him to rethink school guidance for the autumn term and to consider allowing overnight residential trips.

Greenwood Academies Trust

Academy trust chief on reconnecting pupils to outdoor learning, day trips & residentials


Wayne Norrie, chief executive of Greenwood Academies Trust, explains why they’re committed to giving the children access to outdoor learning and residential visits as soon as they can. 

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School travel sector urges Government to open up residential experiences


A number of providers and associations in the school travel sector have asked the Department for Education to allow residential trips to resume from the autumn term. 

Walsall Academy shadow headteacher Jon Clarke (left) on a trip

Teacher Jon Clarke reflects on 12 months of school travel

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Jon Clarke, shadow headteacher of Learning Away Champion School Walsall Academy, reflects on the last 12 months and how things have changed. 

Children building a den

Hardship fund should be available for schools that have had trips cancelled


A coalition of not-for-profit school residential and educational providers has said more needs to be done to ensure that outdoor learning isn’t forgotten about. 

Essex Outdoors

How Essex Outdoors can help with your adventures

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Essex Outdoors has been offering pupils an activity-fuelled escape from the classroom for more than 50 years, remaining popular with teachers across the UK. Here’s how the team can offer you an exhilarating school trip. 

Walsall Academy's Outward Bound residential

Case Study: The benefits of a winter residential


Jon Clarke, shadow headteacher at Walsall Academy, reflects on an Outward Bound winter residential in January, challenging his pupils’ physical and mental strength while powering through Storm Brendan. 

Field Studies Council

Climate change residential launching for Key Stage 5 students


Based at FSC Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae in Scotland, the latest course from the Field Studies Council is aimed at pupils in higher education.

Iain Stewart

TV presenter Iain Stewart urges Geography teachers to become storytellers


The professor encouraged teachers to push the ‘wonder’ of the outdoors while speaking at a Field Studies Council (FSC) conference. 

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Study confirms the profound impact of residential trips on students


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


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. 

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New YHA hostels for school groups visiting Liverpool & Newcastle


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

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Action-packed adventures guaranteed with Essex Outdoors

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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


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. 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Our Lady’s Catholic High School water activity

Reaching their potential: Outward Bound Trust


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


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

Learning outside

Embracing every opportunity


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


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


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


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


The power of residentials


Teacher John Dabell on residential as a rite of passage. 

Skern Lodge

Improved facilities and new activities at Devon outdoor centre


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. 


Making the most of your school trip


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


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


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


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

Developing English language

Developing English language and communication in Primary school children


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


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


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


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


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 expands offering with improved centre


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Learning Away launches Winter Residentials campaign


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


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

Winter Residentials.

Campaign will highlight the benefits of school residentials


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


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


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


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


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


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


Residentials; what are the benefits beyond fun?


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


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


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