There is absolutely no doubt that a high quality residential experience can have a positive effect on a young person’s time at school. For many it will be their fondest memory of school, for some a turning point in their attitude towards learning while for others it really can be a life-changing experience.
Reasons you should do a residential trip;
Inclusive to everyone - forces children to come together
Improves teacher/pupil rapport
Encourages teamwork and bonding
Improves confidence, resilience, creativity and leadership skills
Allows those who struggle academically to shine
Pupils are learning without realising it
Pupils return to school energised, confident and happy
The elation they experience when the overcome a challenge or achieve outside the classroom cannot be matched by solving a maths problem
What to look for;
1. Experience – look for a company which has a reputation for running successful residential trips. They should have gained enough knowledge, spoken to enough teachers and pupils to tweak the product they offer and know exactly what will meet the needs of the teachers and pupils.
2. It’s not all about size – going with a big company is not always better. Smaller companies also have the expertise to meet your needs. You often find that they will go the extra mile and you’ll benefit from receiving a more personal level of service.
3. What do others say? – find out what other teachers have to say about the trip they have been on. There’s nothing better than receiving recommendations from a teacher who has already experienced it with their own pupils.
4. Locations – check that your company of choice have carefully selected locations which will positively benefit your students
5. Activities – ensure ther