Inspiring a lifetime of adventure
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:
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:
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…
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.
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!"