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Adventure learning partnership

Boosting childrens learning and confidence by adding adventure and outdoor challenges to the curriculum

Evidence shows that outdoor challenges have a huge impact on children's development. For instance, independent research into the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards found that 93% of participants reported improved teamwork. At the same time, 84% increased their sense of responsibility, and the same percentage improved their ability to stick at tasks until they were completed.

Unfortunately, pupils from low-income families rarely get that chance to take part in the outdoor challenges that could build their skills and character. Recognising this, we piloted an initiative to help schools to run low cost outdoor challenges - the charity Widehorizons delivered the initiative in our schools. In September 2013, we formalised our partnership with Widehorizons, under the Adventure Learning Partnership banner.

Our impact

With our support, more than 1,000 pupils from 15 schools have taken part in affordable outdoor trips and expeditions.

For two to five days, groups of children leave their city lives for a succession of outdoor challenges. For most it will be their first taste of activities such as camping, hiking, orienteering and shelter-building.

Children learn to set themselves ever harder challenges, developing higher expectations of themselves. They learn resilience and teamwork - and benefits like these last far longer than the trips themselves.