Inspiration for learning outside the classroom

Equity Blog - Items filtered by date: November 2015

Food from around the world – Bay of Naples & Sorrento

The Bay of Naples & Sorrento is renowned for its exquisite cuisine. We highly recommend this area for a food technology trip as students can partake in visits to an Ice Cream, Coffee, Chocolate or Olive Oil factory as well as a Mozzarella Farm. You can also watch authentic pizza and pasta making demonstrations.

On a trip to Sorrento and Positano last year I found this area is famous for...


Beautiful, yellow, large lemons are grown throughout this region. Most famously used in Limoncello, of course, this isn’t too exciting for the students but that doesn’t mean teachers can’t bring a few bottles back to the UK. Also – the lemon ice drinks available on the back of carts and stall is a great way to refresh in the Italian heat.


Sweet, tear drop tomatoes called the Piennolo del Vesuvio are grown at the base of Mt Vesivius, while the tomatoes grown on the isle of Capri, a short boat trip from Sorrento, are an heirloom shape with lots of ridges.


The streets of Sorrento are streaming with Gelaterias offering every flavour you can think of. My favourite flavours are Nutella and Caramel.


Today on this day: the creator of Pinocchio was born

Today, in 1826, Carlo Lorenzini, better known by his literary name Carlo Collodi, was born. He was famous for writing The Adventures of Pinocchio.

We all know Walt Disney’s animated version, but the original story was completed as a book in 1883 and is amongst the most translated and widely read books ever written.

Collodi is a village in Tuscany and Carlo took this name making it internationally renowned for its associations with the book.

The Pinocchio doll is amongst the most popular souvenirs bought in Italy and can be found all across the country. There is a giant statue of Pinocchio in the Parco di Pinocchio, Pescia.

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A Sports Adventure

A Sports Adventure


Our team of sports specialists recently returned from an epic journey across Europe to see first-hand the range of sports programs offered by Equity Sport.

10 days, 3 countries and 20 amazing sports venues later and we were one exhausted sports team with a whole wealth of knowledge on our great sport offering.

The French leg…

As we set off for France I don’t think any of us realised what we were about to take on – this truly was a trip filled with once in a life-time experiences.

Our first stop on the French leg was the small town of Lievin, where we would stay at the Stade Lievin, which boasts an impressive indoor athletics dome. We explored three venues in Paris, Racing Metro, CREPS and CDFAS Sports Centre. As we moved further south we visited Stade Toulouse Rugby Club and UCPA Saint Cyprien Sports Resort which is a great venue for both Rugby League and Tennis groups.

Our best bit:

“Visiting Racing Metro ’92 training ground before then being able to watch them play that evening against Stade Francais in Paris.” Callum, Sport Support Executive

On to Spain…

From Perpignan it was a relatively short drive down to Platda D’Aro in Spain to explore the destination that our groups have been travelling to for years and expeience the delicious Spanish cuisine.

The next morning we set off for Barcelona to visit Athletic Terrassa Hockey and Tennis Club, which sits in the hills just outside the city, and RCD Espanyol. We then headed further south to Salou to explore Cambrils Park and tour Futbol Salou, home of the Catalan FA.

It wasn’t too long before we were back in the cars again heading south, ready for a good night’s sleep!

In the morning we toured the facilities at Benicassim, which provided great facilities for football groups, so much so that we bumped into Liverpool player Joao Teixeira, who was training ahead of pre-season back in the UK.

In the afternoon we headed just a little further along the coast to Oliva Nova Resort which provides world class premium training facilities.

From Oliva Nova one car headed towards Madrid whilst the other headed south. In Madrid we visited the Valdebebas Training Ground, home of Real Madrid and the Spanish FA training ground.

In the south the team discovered Albir Gardens, Malaga CF, Torremolios Sports Centre, Atalya Park and Sotogrande.

Our best bit:

“Seeing the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella - unbelievable courts and so well kept, whilst in amazing weather and next to the beach!" Tom, Sport Development Executive

“Real Madrid, went to the training ground of the most famous club in the world.” Ben, Sport International Development Manager

Time to recharge with some pasta!

After our epic road trip a couple of members of the team had the opportunity to explore some of our amazing Italian facilities.

Flying in to Verona, we made our way towards Lake Garda which is a popular destination with our groups. Multiple sporting venues later, we were impressed by the variety of football, rugby, hockey and tennis venues available – no wonder our groups love it so much!

Our best bit:

“The best view from a tennis court that I have ever seen!” Daniel, Sport Development Manager

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Jonny's Top 5



Risoul, FranceRisoul france

Ski fit takes place at our hotel with our qualified in-house ski technician. Positioned across the road from the lifts, students learning to ski will enjoy the selection of green and blue runs.


Killington, USA

Killington, USA

Covering six mountains, there’s an astounding 752 acres of terrain at this resort and the longest run is 6.6 miles! Beginners, intermediates and experts are all well catered for with 155 runs to choose from.


Obertauern, Austria

Obertauern, Austria

When booking an Easter ski trip it’s important to select a snow-sure resort. Obertauern in Austria is one of the country’s highest ski resort and has an impressive snow record ensuring great conditions late in the season.


Claviere, Italy

Claviere, Italy

The Hotel Roma in Claviere is located centrally and offers excellent value. Always one of our most popular destinations for schools, groups can also ski the Milky Way or neighbouring French resort Montgenèvre.

Hidden Gem

Corbier, France

Le Corbier, France

This Equity Club property is located right on the slopes with ski-in-ski-out convenience. The resort of Le Corbier offers over 300km of high altitude skiing with a mix of runs from beginner to advanced.

  • Published in Travel


As a Geography teacher and an ad-hoc expedition leader, I’m a fervent believer in opening young people’s eyes to Geographical wonders closer to home, whether within the UK or across the Channel.

Fieldtrips to Spain are an opportunity to spin familiar holiday destinations on their heads, by exploring visitor pressure and coastal processes in the Costa Brava, or travelling further afield to the volcanic islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife.

The tectonic power of the Canaries never ceases to amaze young Geographers – especially those who thought these islands were just about package holidays and suntans. Lanzarote’s lunar landscapes were created by the longest and most powerful period of volcanic activity known to man, and neighbouring Tenerife is home to Spain’s highest peak – an active volcano that last erupted in 1909.

Back on mainland Spain, I find that Barcelona is an easy city to get my students excited about, with its Mediterranean shoreline and colourful culture. Host to the 2001 Games, Barcelona was the first Olympic city to use the Games as a catalyst to kick-start a legacy of social change – a plan so inspirational, it was used as a guide for London 2012.

From experience, I can safely say that Spain is packed with opportunities for hands-on Geography and, for an accessible and affordable option that’s easily reached from the UK, I think it’s up there with the best.



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


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 are more confident to try new things.

Better results

61% ... achieved higher than their predicted grade, compared to 21% who did not attend their trip. Teachers can gain a fuller picture of their students’ strengths, enabling them to nurture their abilities back at school. As a result, the increased sense of confidence, self-belief and peer support gained from an overnight stay can encourage young people to be more resilient, set higher goals and, ultimately, achieve more.

Brilliant Residentials from Equity

Out-of-classroom learning holds huge potential but, in order for the impacts to be truly transformative, a trip must be remarkable: Learning Away defines these experiences as ‘Brilliant Residentials.’ At Equity we aim for each and every one of our trips to be Brilliant. Achieving this relies on a sound partnership between schools and trip providers, so our specialists work alongside you to create tailored trips that meet the success criteria defined by Learning Away:

  •  Trips with at least one overnight stay
  •  Integrating our experiences with your school curriculum
  •  Planning an itinerary that meets students’ specific learning needs
  •  Featuring a wide range of new and memorable experiences
  •  Allowing space for students and staff todevelop collaborative relationships
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Featured Destination : Jasper

We’ve been taking school groups to Marmot Basin in Jasper for years and there are many reasons it’s such a popular ski area. Fantastic snow, diverse terrain, not to mention absolutely breathtaking scenery, it really does tick all the boxes.

Reasons Marmot Basin is just great

    1.  Incredible snow The highest base elevation in Canada, the northern most Rocky Mountain ski area and a state-of-the-art snow making system ensures lights and fluffy snow for everyone to enjoy, with an annual average snowfall of 160 inches. Especially good for school groups who are beginners to intermediate as falling over isn’t as painful.
    2. Jaw-dropping scenery Jasper National Park is an integral part of the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage site. The photo opportunities are literally endless.
    3.  Runs for all abilities Whether you’re taking first-time skiers or a more advanced group, both skiers and snowboarded can explore a great choice of runs across four mountain faces.
    4. Mountain Wildlife Bighorn sheep, elk and deer and if you’re extremely lucky maybe wolves, moose and even lynx!

Arnie Wilson, popular ski journalist has written on his blog Mad Dog Ski,

“as for the skiing at Marmot Basin – wow, I’d forgotten how good it is. The resort was once known principally as a delightful small-to medium sized which idea for families but little for hard-core skiers. Think again! The easy slopes and the awe-inspiring National Park scenery is still there. But it has plenty of steep and deep too!”

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