YHA is proud to have been named “Best Residential Experience school trips provider” for the second consecutive year at the School Travel Awards 2019/20. The School Travel Awards is the UK’s biggest event for learning outside the classroom. The winners are chosen by readers of the School Travel Organiser magazine.
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is important to include in a child’s education as school trips and residentials are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. We found that 86% of 7 to 11 year olds got on better with their class or group following a residential experience.
We operate more than 150 youth hostels through England and Wales in cities, towns, coastal and National Park locations, with more than 80 of them Learning LOtC accredited; the most of any UK school trip provider. Research has shown that children from lower socio-economic groups, and those with special educational needs and disabilities are less likely to visit the countryside or undertake rural leisure pursuits.
To further improve our dedication to learning away, we have been focussing on winter residentials and their benefits. Winter residentials can have a much greater impact on students as they happen much sooner in the school year. This has the effect of building new and lasting relationships in the year, improving behaviour and motivation and offering more time for learning to be embedded and reinforced in school. YHA winter residentials are also on average 35% cheaper than standard pricing, allowing more access to students from disadvantaged areas.
Winning this award for the second consecutive year is a proud moment for us and cements our dedication to providing enriching residentials in inspiring locations. Over 110,000 young people were able to access an affordable residential experience through their school or youth group, and we aim to beat this target again.