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At Wildchild we are proud to support the Learning Away campaign for Brilliant Residentials

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Set up as a special initiative by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Learning Away’s Brilliant Residentials campaign highlights 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.

What are Brilliant Residentials?
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation partnered with Learning Away to independently evaluate five years of research carried out across Primary, Secondary and Special Schools in the UK, on the impact of residential learning. The research draws on data taken pre and post residential from students and teachers, and the results highlight the transformative benefits of school residentials. As a result of this research, the term ‘Brilliant Residentials’ was coined to describe residential trips that are inclusive, affordable and lead to significant benefits to learning and to the curriculum.

Learning Away Report statistics:

Prior to the residential only 40% of secondary students felt that they could be role models to others; after the residential this figure rose to 67%.

Post residential, 67% of KS2 pupils said they found it easier to make new friends because of the residential.

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

In long-term follow-up surveys, 79% of 7-11 year old pupils said, because of the trip, they knew teachers better; 65% of secondary students said their teachers had a better understanding of how they liked to learn.

Yes, we are BRILLIANT!!

Learning Away have outlined the following criteria that classify residential trips as ‘brilliant residentials’, and at Wildchild we are proud to be able to tick each and every box:

  • Trips that are fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
  • Designed and led by teachers and, where appropriate, students
  • Inclusive and affordable
  • Collaboratively planned to meet students’ specific learning needs, and to embed and reinforce learning back in school
  • Designed to include a wide range of new and memorable experiences
  • Designed to allow space for students to develop collaborative relationships with both peers and staff
  • Evaluated rigorously
  • Supported by senior leadership and school governors.


What you can expect on your Brilliant Wildchild Residential
The Learning Away report gives a number of key elements you should expect to find on a Brilliant residential. We’re delighted to say these can be found on every Wildchild Adventure, and here’s how…

  • An overnight stay that offers an intense experience, a collaborative community environment, new routines, unstructured time and fewer distractions.
    • Our canvas bell tents provide an authentic ‘under canvas’ camping experience. Set in spacious woodland, our adventures provide an easily accessible haven away from screens and deadlines, with much-needed reflection and downtime built into each day.
  • A Brilliant Residential breaks down existing barriers and power relationships, enables students and teachers to work collaboratively, and works as a leveller for students and teachers, in an environment where the teacher is not automatically the expert.
    • On a Wildchild Adventure our well-trained, experienced staff take responsibility for pupils throughout their activities, leaving teachers free to engage in teambuilding and confidence-building activities with their students.
  • Different and varied opportunities to experience success.
    • Our combination of teambuilding, survival skills building and outdoor adventure activities means achievement on a Wildchild Adventure is about much more than simply who climbed highest and who reached furthest. We recognise and celebrate teamwork, resilience the willingness to try new things and perseverance in overcoming personal challenges.
  • New ways of learning that allow increased levels of student responsibility
    • By immersing students in the great outdoors and introducing them to invaluable survival skills like fire-lighting, water filtration and navigation, children learn independence, resilience, and respect and appreciation of the great outdoors.


The REAL benefits of a Residential
The results of the Learning Away report highlight a wealth of positive benefits to pupils and teachers that go beyond what is often viewed as the main benefit of the trip – i.e. the activities themselves. These are just a few of the benefits a Brilliant Residential can bring:

  • The opportunity and experience of living with others
    Learning Away found that this experience ‘transforms relationships and develops a strong sense of community and belonging between staff and students involved’.
  • Enhanced relationships
    Students feel more comfortable with each other, they feel more able to ask their teachers for help, trust each other and empathise with their peers.
  • Improved engagement and confidence in learning
    Increased motivation, improved behaviour and attendance, enhanced confidence and resilience, a greater ability to overcome challenges and a greater enjoyment of learning.
  • New and developing skills and understanding
    New learning continues to develop beyond the residential, including independent learning, study and research, team working, problem solving and self management. Pupils return to the classroom with a better understanding of their topics, improved creativity and an increased ability to apply learning and skills in new contexts.

Brilliant Winter Residentials
In 2017, Brilliant Residentials launched an extension of their campaign, highlighting the unique benefits of winter residentials.  The campaign is a culmination of overwhelming evidence and case studies showing that residential trips have a transformative impact on classroom learning and behaviour, the earlier they take place in the school year.

Long term benefits
In the long term a Brilliant Residential leads to improved achievement, progress and attainment, as well as improved relationships, behaviour and attendance.

The research is clear – the benefits of a residential are far-reaching and long term, making these invaluable experiences an integral part of every child’s education, regardless of their socio-economic background.

We are proud to support the Brilliant Residentials campaign, and will continue to work in partnership with schools to deliver inspirational experiences for the benefit of your teachers and pupils.

  • "Thank you so much for a phenomenal trip – we couldn’t have asked for anything more. All children and staff have not stopped sharing stories about our experience. We’re definitely coming back next year!"

  • "We had a brilliant three days – a real highlight of the year for children and adults! One teacher summed it up as “the highlight of my career”. The children loved it and are already excited about the next trip"

  • "Just wanted to thank all the Wildchild team. We had such a great time! Everyone loved it. You have a great team. Everyone is so passionate and our kids felt at home, safe and looked after. They told me on the bus they did not even miss their parents. When you are having fun, time flies!"

  • "I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you for all the hard work you put in for us this weekend! We had such a good time and the children have been buzzing about it today, despite being very very tired!"

  • "A fantastic fun packed day with a lovely group of very enthusiastic instructors. Thank you to your team for making our outdoor adventure day such a positive experience."

  • "When we chose Wildchild to deliver our Year 7 transition residential the idea was for our new pupils to get to know each other, learn to work together and the importance of our natural environment. The trip did all of that and so much more – since returning to school we’ve noticed a real bond among pupils and teachers alike, and a big improvement in communication and teamwork. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to doing it all again next year!"