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Simplifying the planning process

Organising a residential for a class, entire school or organised group can be an overwhelming task. There's a lot of different elements to consider. That's why we have taken the time to collate a selection of free resources specifically designed to help simplify the planning process. Please feel free to read, download and use any of the resources below!


Residential trips have been proven to enhance personal growth, increase self-confidence away from home, and develop the mental and emotional resilience of children and young people.

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Learning Away has developed a Planning Flowchart Template document, using the Theory of Change approach to planning, delivering and evaluating brilliant residential trips.

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We have created a PowerPoint presentation which can be delivered to parents / guardians, which provides more information on Mount Cook, our activities, accommodation and facilities.

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Why is it important to communicate the risks and benefits associated with outdoor activities to parents?

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Our Risk Management Summary has been externally inspected by The British Activity Providers Association (BAPA).

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To save you some time, we have created a permission letter which can be downloaded, modified and sent to parents / guardians.

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Here is everything you need to know as a Group Leader! Full of useful pre-visit information including kit lists, sleeping arrangements, our payment procedure and directions.

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Learning Away's Brilliant Residentials Summary Report is jam-packed full of evidence, facts and findings on the importance of outdoor learning. It's worth a read!

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This Learning Through Landscapes Early Years resource provides suggestions for inspiring outdoor activities which can be delivered on your school grounds.

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Mount Cook Activity Limited is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. 

Company registration number: 08906431  | Registered address: 57 Ashbourne Road, Derby, DE 22 3FS  | VAT registration number: 241628125