Early in 2004 Charles Clarke the (then) Secretary of State for Education and Skills, announced that Residential Experiences should be available to all children between the ages of 7 and 16 in England.

Set against the context of an ever increasing focus on School Performance Tables and the perception of an increased 'compensation culture', the DfES recognises the threat to, and the need for, the wider social experience of Residential Experiences for schoolchildren. As a consequence, the DfES wished to 'map' the availability of current residential opportunities for schoolchildren.

This research was funded by the Department for Education and Skills (PSHE/Citizenship Team) and managed by The Scout Association and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The telephone research was carried out by The Wire with analysis undertaken by DVL Smith. The aims of the research included identifying: types of organisation offering residential opportunities, types of opportunities available and number of places, and the objectives of residential opportunities.


  • Executive summary
  • Current provision
  • Access issues
  • Outcomes
  • Costs
  • Overall conclusions
  • Presentation of research results
  • Research context
  • Research objectives
  • Methodology and sample
  • Key note summary
  • Data
  • Conclusions
  • Appendices