We love #WinterResidentials
We believe that the transformative impact school residentials have on everyone involved are greater the sooner a residential takes place in the school year. Working alongside The Learning Away programme, we are championing the powerful benefits achieved by taking your residential during the winter months.
YHA Commercial Director
We are very proud that Joe Lynch, YHA Commercial Director, is Chair of the Learning Away Consortium and an enthusiastic supporter of the powerful impacts that brilliant residential experiences have on young people. Through extensive action research, Learning Away has gathered profound evidence that show school residentials have a transformative impact on everyone involved. A copy of the full report, which includes a compelling foreword from Joe, can be downloaded here.
Benefit 1 - Boost resilience and wellbeing
Residentials improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and wellbeing. Students are more willing to try something new and ask for help, push themselves and participate in class. Imagine teaching in a class with more self-belief for the rest of the school year after going on a YHA winter residential.
Benefit 2 - Increase engagement with learning
Residentials improve students’ engagement with learning, including positive changes in behaviour and attendance. Going on a YHA residential in the winter months will give them a passion for learning which can live on throughout the year.
Benefit 3 - Embed learning back in school
Going on a winter residential allows more time for all learning to be embedded and reinforced back in school. Evidence shows that residentials have a long term impact on students’ progress and attainment when followed up on their return to school.
Benefit 4 - Foster deeper relationships
The sooner a teacher gets to know their students, the sooner they can ‘set them up for success’. Winter residentials allow relationships between staff and students to become more trusting and respectful back in the classroom. Students get to know teachers as individuals; staff gain a better understanding of their students and how to respond to them.
Benefit 5 - Discover new learning opportunities
The longer nights and shorter days offer new learning opportunities outdoors during a residential. Our winter packages offer activities including astronomy, night walks, and exploring in the dark.
Benefit 6 - Greater return on investment
Not only will your school have longer to enjoy the benefits listed above, YHA Winter Residentials are often more affordable, giving your school the benefit of a greater return on investment.