Learning Away

Owner Learning Away consortium, led by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC)

The Learning Away website is packed with resources, case studies and advocacy materials to support the provision and uptake of “brilliant residentials” – high-quality residential experiences for children and young people in a range of settings, including museums and other cultural venues.

At first glance this site looks as if it’s squarely aimed at teachers and schools but do look past that, there’s a huge amount of advice and information for providers too. If you hadn’t thought about offering overnight programmes at your venue before, you will once you’ve had a look at Learning Away.

Chatham Historic Dockyard’s case study is inspirational and a great place to start exploring the case studies.

It isn’t all about offering sleepovers – there’s a strong case for a more integrated offer between residential centres and cultural venues, weaving heritage education into a trip away in partnership with schools, for example, Teacher-led, progressive and inclusive residentials at Kirk Ella Primary School.

Learning Away began as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation action research project (in which GEM partnered) over six years and the results of this make persuasive advocacy material for residential experiences.

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