When done effectively, residential trips can transfer into a wide range of transferable life skills for children and young people of all ages. But what's in it for the teachers and supporting staff involved?
You may be thinking that consoling a child on the bus due to travel sickness and a leaky bottle of shower gel in your bag wasn't the career high you were hoping for! But residential trips have also been proven to play a transformational role for the school staff involved too. Here are 5 reasons why you should get involved in a residential trip this academic year:
1. Enhance your professional development opportunities
It has been widely agreed by teaching assistants, teachers and school leadership staff that residential trips can play a significant role in their professional development. By organising and / or supporting a residential trip, staff are given the opportunity to take on additional responsibility. You can also develop your organisation, planning and volunteer management skills in the process.
2. Widen your pedagogical skills
Residential trips are an ideal time to reflect on your practice and your teaching. According to a Learning Away, teachers were more 'willing and confident to take risks and try new methods' after a residential. School trips can also also facilitate a more trusting relationship between teachers and pupils, allowing for more kinesthetic and practical learning back in the classroom.
3. Increase your understanding of your pupils
Residential trips give you the space to discover more about your students, outside of a classroom setting. By developing stronger, more trusting relationships between you and your pupils, you can understand their behaviours and support them more effectively back in school.
4. Strength your relationships with staff
Residential trips allow you to work closely with teaching staff from other departments and / or subject areas, and build long lasting friendships. By building high-trust relationships with your team, can benefit you on professional and personal level.
"When does an art teacher get to hang out with a maths teacher? You get to know all these different members of staff on a whole different level and… build friendships. It makes you think ‘I quite like work because I quite like the people I work with,’ and that makes you happier, which makes you enjoy your job, which is fed through to the kids.” (Learning Away, staff focus group)
5. Support your classroom teaching
Residential trips are an fantastic opportunity to integrate your school curriculum with outdoor activities, and make classroom topics more interactive and exciting for your pupils. To help with this, we have just launched a series of educational History Packages which bring Prehistoric Britain, The Romans and The Industrial Revolution to life for pupils and teachers through hands-on activities and costumes. If you would like more information, please get in touch!