School residential trips play a vital role in the development of students from early years primary pupils right up to those at sixth form colleges. Whether it be a simple day of outdoor activities or a trip to a foreign country the residential trip is proven to boost learning and self confidence in children and young adults. This blog highlights five particular benefits.
Improved Teacher-Student relationships
Under a regular school environment there is always friction between teacher and pupil. The environment created on a school residential trip allows the breakdown of this formal pupil-teacher relationship. As teachers involve themselves in residential activities pupils see a different side and a positive relationship is formed. This has endless benefits in the classroom post trip as pupils are more engaged with their teachers achieving an increase in learning.
Engaging hard to motivate students
In 2008 an Ofsted report concluded that taking students out of the classroom and into a more interactive environment was an excellent way to engage those students who find academic work challenging. Those who are sometimes disruptive in the classroom can use their energy in a positive sense either to engage in physical activities or explore their curriculum through visual stimulus, which is proven to be far more engaging.
The most obvious reason for a school residential trip is to enrich the curriculum. It is a fact that school children learn much more efficiently when they actively engage with their subject. This can be particularly effective in History with easy access to museums such as the imperial war museum in London where subjects such as the First World War are brought to life and forever imbedded in the memories of visitors. In Geography visiting countries and areas of study is far more effective than the pages of a textbook. This is also true for modern foreign languages where emerging pupils in a language of a foreign country increase their engagement and learning.
Personal and social development
This is a very important factor in the lives of young people and schools play a huge role in this. Residential trips aid the personal development of pupils through taking a child away from home and embracing the world without their parents. Many children are away from their parents for the first time on school trips, which aids social development through creating strong bonds with their piers. Spending days and nights together creates enjoyment and life long memories that children cherish all the way into adulthood.
A monumental outcome of school residential trips is the build up of confidence among young people. On physical trips overcoming set challenges gives students a large boost as they learn to realise that they can achieve things they did not think possible. On more academic trips pupils are more engaged with their subject enhancing their ability to learn and recall what they have experienced. This creates further academic confidence improving a student’s capability in the classroom.
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