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A new study examining ‘the state of school residentials in England: 2017’ has been released this week by Learning Away.  The study, which assesses the quantity and quality of residentials currently delivered in schools, is the first of its kind in England. Based on analysis of data from tens of thousands of schools and educational establishments over the last five years, it found that far too many children are missing out on these powerful learning and life experiences, with only one in five children experiencing a residential every year. More worryingly still, the study found a picture of patchy and inequitable access with young people in in the poorest areas the least likely to participate. Furthermore, only around half of teachers said they believed the residentials they delivered were affordable to all pupils.

The full report can be downloaded from


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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study More...

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New film which provides an introduction to the findings of the Learning Away project and Brilliant residentials

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Collective Passport Scheme under Threat and Lobby Organised.


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Baltonsborough School in Somerset creates an outdoor learning classroom


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IT is out with the iPads at one school in Bolton where pupils are being encouraged to get outdoors and create their own good old fashioned adventures.

Tonge Moor Primary School has invested £13,000 in creating an environment where children can explore and let their imaginations run riot — using everything from surfboards and netting to broken vacuum cleaners, tyres and planks.

Read more in The Bolton News

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The Bournemouth Echo reports that sixty children at a Poole school have benefitted from taking some lessons in an outdoor classroom environment.

Pupils at Sylvan Infant School in Parkstone have enjoyed weekly lessons with Victoria Vincent, leader of the Bournemouth-based Kith and Kin Forest School, which offers the chance for children learn outside through the seasons and with nature.

Read more in the Bournemouth Echo