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The many benefits of school trips and outdoor adventure residentials

Challenge, play, explore, discover, socialise, reflect – primary schools are being offered crucial support to get pupils learning outdoors, with all the benefits these activities bring...

A wealth of evidence suggests that outdoor learning in the form of residential programmes and school trips can be a major contributor to good health and mental wellbeing for our children.

Primary-aged children taking part in activities often display improvements in their resilience, self-confidence, and their ability to get on with and relate to peers, which in turn boosts their sense of belonging.

Team-work builds trust, as well as skills such as collaboration and communication – all of which can support attentiveness, concentration, and performance in the classroom.

There has never been a more important time for children to explore the great outdoors. Lockdowns and fewer personal interactions thanks to social distancing during the pandemic left many feeling lonely. There is growing anecdotal evidence which suggests some pupils are finding unstructured playground play and socialisation much more difficult now following two years of living with Covid.

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