Learning Escape Blog

19 Nov 2013

The Countryside Effect

The Learning Escape White Paper Report

Professor Aric Sigman has demonstrated that exposure to the natural environment provides children with a welcome break from the arresting effect of technology, allowing them to “attend without paying attention” as they explore their surroundings.

Though their perception of it may be subconscious the positive consequences of “the countryside effect”, as recent studies have termed it, are easily identifiable. Exposure to the outdoor environment is proven to improve the concentration, attitude and performance of students, as they are encouraged to apply practical learning skills without...

7 Nov 2013

UK teenagers spend half their waking lives in front of a screen

Modular classroom, art block by The Learning Escape

For the UK’s secondary school children, the past week will have offered a much needed break from the stresses and demands of homework, coursework and exams. Half term is intended to help students relax but the sad truth, as revealed in our latest white paper report, is that most teenagers will have spent the time watching TV, going online or playing on their smartphones, rather than enjoying their outdoor space. Research has shown that Britain’s 11-15 year olds spend 7.5 hours a day - almost ha...

31 Oct 2013

A nursery space that grows with your school

Eco-classroom, Modular classroom, Outdoor Learning space

According to the Local Government Association, almost half of English school districts will have a shortage of primary places by 2015, threatening to raise an even bigger challenge for parents hoping to secure their child a space at their ‘first-choice’ primary school.


24 Oct 2013

Learning about literature and performance in a Creative Escape

The Learning Escape, Outdoor Classrooms, #CreativeSpaces #artsed #musedchat #edc

Performing Shakespeare beneath the shade of an oak tree, or teaching children to paint in green, open fields are ideas often compromised by the British climate, which reminds us of the need for a creative, but practical, working space. Schools are keen to include outdoor learning in the main curriculum, and creative subjects like art, drama and music can greatly benefit from this exposure to the natural world.

10 Oct 2013

You don’t have to wait to fund your Learning Escape now…

Portman Asset Finance

Years of experience working with schools has shown us that each one has a different story to tell about why they chose a Learning Escape, what it will mean to their community, and how they found the money to pay for it.  Many, like the children of Spinnens Acre Community Primary School, spend years tirelessly fundraising but if your growing school is urgently in need of more space and freedom, the process of funding, designing and building your Learning Escape may need to happen faster.

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