The seven benefits of learning-outside-the-classroom

Learning-outside-the-classroom raises your school’s profile

Schools that regularly undertake learning-outside-the-classroom in their local area are able to form stronger links with groups and individuals in their community. And schools that regularly undertake learning-outside-the-classroom further afield are visible within the community through the school’s branding (uniforms, logos on the school minibus, etc.)

Your school thus has the opportunity to showcase its efforts and achievements and to communicate the school values which could lead to positive media coverage, impressing Ofsted and encouraging prospective parents to send their child to your school.

Reward, motivation and to boost morale

Not every school trip has to be based around learning. Sometimes, if there is time left at the end of term and the budget permits (or parents are willing to pay for it), the school might decide to plan a school trip as a reward for the work pupils have done, or to boost morale and further motivate them to future learning.

To ignite or re-ignite a passion for a subject

Benefit two links in nicely with benefit three. Learning-outside-the-classroom can be beneficial for pupils who are new to the school as it can ignite a passion for a subject which they may not have been introduced to before.

It can also be beneficial to existing pupils to re-ignite a passion for a subject, particularly after a period of exams, for example.

Improves pupils’ understanding of the world and where they (could) fit in

Learning-outside-the-classroom can also be highly beneficial to students when it comes to deciding which career they would like to pursue. School trips enable students to experience activities and events that they don’t have the opportunity to experience in the classroom, thus giving them a better understanding of where, in society, they (could) fit in.

Trust, independence and responsibility

With learning-outside-the-classroom comes an element of trust in terms of pupils’ behaviour as many school rules aren’t applicable when pupils are outside the school’s grounds. This thus devolves increased responsibility on to your pupils and encourages increased independence, which is of course a vital life skill.

Learning-outside-the-classroom can encourage diversity

Given that the demographics of pupils in a school are representative of the demographics of the people in the local area, schools located in an area where ethnic and cultural diversity is lacking naturally find it more difficult to fulfil Ofsted’s diversity requirements.

Therefore, by undertaking regular learning-outside-the-classroom activities (depending on where your pupils go, what your pupils do, and whom your pupils encounter) the school can offer good evidence to Ofsted that your school is encouraging diversity.

To cement the learning that they have done in the classroom

This is perhaps the most beneficial outcome of learning-outside-the-classroom. And there is not just one reason, but three that we can think of, for learning-outside-the-classroom being remembered more readily by pupils than learning-inside-the-classroom.

Firstly, learning-outside-the-classroom provides real-life applications of concepts learnt in the classroom which not only provides a greater understanding of these concepts, but also highlights to pupils why what they are learning matters.

Secondly, learning-outside-the-classroom often takes on a different type of learning style, steering more towards kinaesthetic learning than visual and auditory learning – styles which are used most commonly in the classroom. This therefore gives pupils, who learn best through movements and experience, the opportunity to learn in their preferred style.

Thirdly, some learning-outside-the-classroom can provoke an emotional response from your pupils which cannot be provoked in the classroom. Connecting their learning with emotion will ensure that the information they have learnt will be remembered more readily. This type of learning-outside-the-classroom might be a visit to a WW1 memorial or to a theatre production, for example.

Of course, as school minibus leasing is our area of specialty, if your school requires a (new) school minibus in order to undertake learning-outside-the-classroom, you can go to our website, call us on 01753 859944 or email for more information.

And to get notifications of school trip activity and location ideas and how learning-outside-the-classroom can be used to benefit your students learning and development, follow us on Twitter @MinibusLeasing or like our Facebook page – Benchmark Minibus.


What is the best way to encourage your students to reason mathematically and solve problems.

The new National Curriculum in Mathematics has at its heart an active, process-orientated delivery of the content; greater emphasis is placed on reasoning and problem solving.

These teaching materials will supplement your chosen textbook and provide your pupils with the opportunity to think for themselves about developing a mathematical strategy to fit a given activity.

The materials have been updated with the content from the new National Curriculum to cover:

  • Developing fluency
  • Reasoning mathematically
  • Solving problems

Topics covered are:

  • The nth term
  • Percentages
  • Tessellation
  • Probability

Each topic contains: details of the mathematical content covered; a pupil’s target achieved/progression sheet, lesson plans; worksheets; assessment. A section providing answers to all worksheets is provided at the end of the book.

Selected Topics in KS3 Maths is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom, and individual activities can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

An extract from  Selected Topics in KS3 Maths, ISBN 978 1 86083 745 6, order code T1678EMN, is available at 


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

When ordering the book please quote the reference T1678EMN.

Edexcel AS & A2 Music Set Works 2015-2016

Our set works analysis resource is now available! Join the scores of teachers who are now using our
products to help plan and deliver their lessons

As before each CD-ROM contains:

1.       Tables listing stylistic features under the appropriate heading

2.       Extracts from the score highlighting key terms and features

3.       Vocabulary sheets

4.       Exam questions

5.       Mark schemes

6.       Help sheets for composition and harmony

7.       Composer profiles highlighting key biographical information about each of the composers,
putting each set work into a historical context

All of this is provided at the follow prices:

AS (containing all the AS set works) – £60

A2 (containing all the A2 set works) – £60

AS & A2 (containing all set works for both AS & A2) – £99

Each resource is supplied in both editable word and PDF formats and can be used freely throughout the purchasing establishment.

To view sample pages and to place an order visit

Purchase orders can be sent to or you can ring me with a purchase order number on 07564 291815.

‘The layout is clear and easy to process, the use of musical examples will give deeper understanding to students’ – Claire Smith private tutor

‘A very useful, clearly laid out resource, which is the best revision aid I have come across’. Roger Muttitt – Director of Music Durham School

‘These resources are very succinct and easy to understand, the students are able to see the key information clearly’ N Gray – Head of music Roundwood Park School, Harpenden

We are sure you will find the CD-ROM invaluable as you guide your students through their exams.  If you have any queries please contact me and I will be happy to help.

Kind regards

Jason Boyd – Managing Director Tempo Publishing

What is the most effective way of teaching pupils to use a range of sentence structures in their writing, whatever their ability?

Sentences are pesky things. They can be short or long, dramatic statements or longer affairs that make several points at once.  They can even be contradictory and tell lies (as with our subject line!).

They can announce or question, they can shout or whisper.  In fact, they can do almost anything. All of which raises the question: how best to teach children about them?

We’ve found a way to do this most satisfactorily with “Daily Sentence Structures.”  The programme is broken down into a series of 15-minute sessions. By completing the daily sessions, pupils gain a system for creating imaginative and interesting writing in as little as six weeks.

Of course, at the same time the programme covers the writing requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum including using grammatical structures, making meanings clear, and creating effect and using a range of sentence starters to create specific effects.

The programme also includes using commas and later semi-colons and dashes, sustaining ideas, and varying structures.

Pupilsconfidence and self-esteem will increase, leading to better results across all subjects. The programme has also been found to appeal to any pupils who enjoy applying logic to their writing and being able to create instant paragraphs.

As a result it gives a sense of achievement to all pupils, including those who are the most resistant to writing.

You can order the Daily Sentence Structures resource by Brilliant Publications in a variety of ways, including:

  • By visiting the website
  • By phone on 01449 766629
  • By fax on 01449 768047
  • By email to
  • Or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

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Do you urgently need new classroom chairs & tables or exam desks in March?

It’s not too late to equip your classrooms or staff rooms even at this late stage.

If you can be somewhat flexible in your choices, then in some cases it’s possible to supply within two weeks, possibly sooner.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd. have been supplying UK schools and colleges since 2001.
They can be contacted on: Tel:  020 7515 1797
or email:  Fax:  020 7515 4420
or visit their website:

If you  simply want to know what chairs desks or tables might be available at short notice, or would like to discuss a possible order,  please phone 020 7515 1797 and ask  to speak to  Martin Evans.  He can usually let you know within  a couple of hours whether they can be of help with your furniture requirements.

Spellzone have added a Spelling Ability Test to their well established on-line English spelling resource.

Teachers will now have to do less in order to manage their students, and the test
results provide evidence of each student’s attainment

Spelling Ability Test

  • Measures students’ spelling ability.
  • Provides a Spellzone Score.
  • Creates an individual Personal Course Pathway.
  • Automatic re-testing updates scores and pathways.

Spellzone also includes:

Spellzone Starter Course  

  • Suitable for students aged six to adult.
  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
  • Teaches all English spelling rules.

Spellzone Main Course

  • Suitable for students aged nine to adult.
  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
  • Teaches all English spelling rules.

Word Lists

Thousands of pre-loaded word lists including:

  • KS3 curriculum subjects.
  • Words featured in Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics
  • Spellzone course words.
  • User created subject-specific or ‘problem’ words.

Word lists give access to thousands of interactive spelling tests, games. All word lists can be printed as worksheets and translate into 90 languages.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Spellzone tracks all activity and progress.
  • Task setting and checking.
  • Easy for teachers to report on student attainment.

A complete resource to help improve literacy levels in your school!


FREE 30 day trial of ALL Spellzone resources followed by a half price first year subscription! 

*Standard school annual subscription £295 plus VAT.

Small school rate available for up to 20 students.
Contact Barry for details.

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Savings, deals and discount codes on primary teaching resources with Savings for Schools (plus free resources)

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