Evaluation of Learning Away

Our evaluation of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Learning Away programme took place over four years.

Learning Away supported 60 schools across the UK to enhance young people’s learning, achievement and wellbeing using innovative residential experiences.

Our evaluation gathered more than 11,000 survey responses from students at three time points (pre-residential, post-residential and longer-term follow-up). We also undertook more than 60 student focus groups, 40 staff focus groups and gathered input from more than 700 parents.

Feedback from our clients

  • “Your report was extremely thorough, and I appreciate how responsive you were to our additional requests for analysis.” Government department

  • “The team at York Consulting were professional and a delight to work with. I am very grateful for their input.” Government department

  • "Well done – a lot of work in a short space of time and at such high quality.” Sector Skills Council

  • "Your workshop was extremely well received and enabled managers to gain detailed insight, drawing on your expertise and knowledge.” Senior manager, not-for-profit organisation

  • "It [YCL’s final report] is one of the most impressive evaluation reports I’ve had the pleasure to read.” Principal, Further Education College

  • “YCL staff understand our organisation…I have developed a great relationship with them and I hope to work with them again.” Housing Association

  • “I’ve enjoyed working with you on this project. Thanks for your co-operation and flexibility.” Government department