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Measuring impact in Outdoor Learning

Improving progress and positive SEMH outcomes

Current evidence

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom have collated a terrific archive of evidence that indicates that good quality outdoor learning adds significant value to a young persons learning. You can browse the archive here

How we have measured the impact of our courses

Our own academic research


Quantitative feedback

At Bewerley Park we invite all students to give feedback using the Centrefeedback.org online evaluation tool. This asks a series of questions developed by Dr. Randal Williams in support of his thesis ‘The Impact of Residential Adventure Education on Primary School Pupils’. The data from this feeds into a national database of results curated by the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC).

Here are just some of our findings so far:

  • 95.7% of students said they did things they thought that they couldn’t as a result of their course
  • 94.4% of students said they learned how to look after themselves and be more independent
  • 94.3% of students said they learned to listen to other people
  • 93.1% of teachers said their students made good or very good progress in building self-esteem

Qualitative feedback

All staff and students have a chance to give qualitative feedback. You can read some excellent feedback in our testimonials page here. We ask every group leader and member of visiting staff to provide feedback on their course so that we can constantly fine-tune our approach to better meet your needs.

A good example is what the pupils of Newby and Scalby School said to us this year. When asked “What were the key things they had learned?” they said

“Be prepared to always have a go”

“You can push yourself out of your comfort zone”

“That everybody has their own person inside and you learn about each other living together”

“How to set my mind to do something”

“When you fail on a challenge first but find a place in you mind to persevere and try again”

“I have learned about other people and how to support each other”


If you have any other evidence of your own pupils progress that you could link to our work then we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch.

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