Rebuilding confidence and reinvigorating a sense of adventure in children is so important following the pandemic.

Last year, young people missed out on so much. Although schools did everything they could to take the classroom to them, there were simply some experiences that couldn’t be translated into distance teaching… no matter how hard we all tried.

Learners weren’t able to work together, top problem solve or collaborate in the same ways. They weren’t able to experience things first-hand and they quite often weren’t able to leave home. As such, confidence levels and resilience levels have dropped.

Kingswood is passionate about lifechanging experiences, and that’s never been more important than now.

Rebuilding that individual resolve and reigniting the collaborative approaches to problem-solving is at the heart of everything Kingswood offers.

Confidence

Having the opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone quickly teaches you how to adapt. Alongside partner experts, Dr Emma Whewell and Professor Justin Dillon, Kingswood has created its own unique Confidence Tracker to evaluate and evidence the impact of its residential experience on confidence.

The trips and activities are designed to help young people harness their strengths and address their weaknesses.

Kingswood adventures nurture personal growth – it’s more than a school trip; it’s an opportunity to motivate, set goals, overcome setbacks, encourage trust and respect, and improve confidence back in the classroom.

And that is the key, the relatability to the learner. At the heart of covid catch-up is building back children’s lost self-efficacy.

Experiences

In reality, young people haven’t been able to try out a lot of the things they may have wanted to in the last couple of years. That’s a long time.

Having the opportunity to try new things and develop new skills (as well as old ones) is something that Kingswood offers in droves.

Whether it’s abseiling, bouldering, leap of faith or kayaking, Kingswood has it.

In addition, normal life and things we may take for granted have been hugely disrupted. Moving from Year 6 to Year 7 is a good example – no (or reduced) taster days and minimal transition opportunities have made it hard for teachers and learners alike.

Luckily, Kingswood also offers more bespoke packages such as its Transition package which has a special focus on supporting pupils in adapting to change and encouraging new friendships – perfect for bonding Year 7s, and for teachers getting to know pupils better.

Fostering independence

Being a part of a residential school trip is about more than just the learning. Being away from home is an important experience that can build confidence and encourage a sense of independence.

Kingswood offers comfortable beds, exceptional food and highly trained staff who have in-depth knowledge of safeguarding and wellbeing, making the experience perfect for all levels of confidence.

The trips are designed to give young people experiences and adventures in a controlled and safe environment, while building a sense of independence and decision making.

These kinds of experiences are just what were missing during periods of distance learning and school closures.

Can we claw back what has been lost in terms of learning? It’s probably too early to say. What I do know is that by giving learners the opportunity to experience adventure and rebuild their resilience and confidence, we certainly will have a better chance.

Written by Adam Riches