Inspiration for learning outside the classroom

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The Holy Cross School from Zambia travel to the UK with Equity

Every now and again you have a moment here at Equity when you realise just how much what we all do on a daily basis means to the people that travel with us. This happened to me recently. Standing aside Sister Lillian, and a group of Zambian children, watching the autumn waves crash into the pebbles here in Brighton. ‘This is the first time our children have seen the sea’ she explained ‘that is why they are all so excited.’ A few months ago I received an enquiry from a group in Zambia. Sister Hilda and Sister Rita organise this trip every year for a selected number of students from the Holy Cross school in Zambia. The sisters of the Holy Cross have been in Zambia since 1935, their aim is to evangelize and continue the mission and vision of Jesus Christ in Zambia. They are mostly involved with the development of education and health. They mainly work with the poor in ill-equipped government hospital and schools. The Sisters of the Holy Cross also run a girl’s secondary school in the Western Province on behalf of the Diocese of Mongu. The sisters provide education and care for over 600 rural…
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Equity Battlefields Tour Programme to be featured on BBC

In the past two years Equity have taken over 4100 students and teachers from 1300 schools across the UK on the government funded First World War Battlefields Tour in partnership with UCL Institute of Education. In the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, last month, 11 schools travelled to the Western Front and will be featured in a special series of BBC Newsround reports marking the anniversary. The series is scheduled to air 3 times a day this week leading up to July 1st. Presenter Martin Dougan interviewed a number of students who were on the trip as they made personal pilgrimages to pay their respects to local soldiers who fell in the First World War. During 2016 there will be special emphasis placed on commemorating the Battle of the Somme and its strategic importance. Here at Equity we’re proud to be part of this programme giving all students the opportunity to visit the battlefields in Ypres and the Somme. There is no better way for students to develop a personal connection to the First World War than through visiting the memorials and graves 100 years on, as well as taking part in the…
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Easter Sunday Refugee Concert in Berlin

Over 30 pupils from Holt School Girl’s Choir travelled to Krakow and Berlin to perform concerts, spending four nights in Krakow and performing two concerts whilst there. Whilst in Poland they visited the camps at Auschwitz Birkenau. They then travelled by coach to Berlin where they first performed two concerts and then, a very special third Easter Sunday Concert that took place in a refugee centre, run by the Berliner StadtMission in Spandau/Berlin. The students sung and brought cheer to many of the 1000 refugees who have fled present day tyranny. Some quotes below from event organisers highlight the impact of the event. “Thank you very much for your offer to give an concert on Easter Sunday. Our refugees at the refugee Centre Mertensstraße will be delighted to hear your music”, from Katja Kattillus at the Refugee Centre. “Please find attached some photos from the Berlin refugee centre. It is an extraordinary place, housing 1000 refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Eritrea. They are very excited about the choir's visit, I think the girls will have a memorable experience..,” from Misha Aster in Berlin. “Also Nicholas, I've confirmed with our head teacher and leadership team about the concert at…
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IT’S OFFICIAL, LEARNING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM WORKS

Established in 2009, the Learning Away initiative worked alongside sixty UK partner schools to explore the impacts that high-quality residentials can have on young people. The evidence gained from five years of research emphasises the powerful benefits of out-of-classroom learning, from helping students to discover their talents, to improving their subject knowledge and creating a sense of belonging. Take a closer look at the evidence with us... “Learning Away has shown that a residential learning experience provides opportunities and benefits that cannot be achieved in any other educational context or setting. The impact is greater when residentials are fully integrated with a school’s curriculum and ethos.” Learning Away Final Evaluation Report, York Consulting 2015 THE EVIDENCE From students' feedback the findings reveal that less formal environments can create new avenues for experiencing success, while immersive learning can deepen understanding: Engagement in learning 79% ... of students indicated that residentials made them realise that what they learn at school is important to them. Behaviour and belonging 82% ... said that their residential experience helped them realise they could get on with people from other classes or schools. Aspirations and a sense of self worth 87% ... who attend residentials say they…
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