Guide To: Building key skills through school trips & residentials

This practical Headteacher Update guide offers ideas and advice for how schools can harness the power of outdoor learning, school trips and residentials to develop children's key skills, boost personal development, and support academic outcomes.

There is a range of research evidence showing the breadth of skills that pupils can learn and develop via outdoor learning, especially school and residential trips.

This guide, which can be downloaded as a free pdf by clicking the button below, breaks down some of these key skills – think team-work, trust, problem-solving, concentration and more! – and suggests how outdoor learning and school trips can be planned and run to ensure these skills are fostered and developed.

We consider what the research says about how outdoor learning can support pupils' bio-psycho-social development, the impact it has on staff-pupil relationships and what this all means for academic outcomes back in school.

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