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Pupils attend a local remembrance event for the Indian Labour Corp at Lutyen's Memorials at Leicester's Victoria Park and New Delhi's India Gate

Heritage Schools programme receives huge investment

The Department for Education has announced £1.6m for the scheme, allowing it to continue for the next two years, benefitting 120,000 children

Posted by Charley Rogers | April 14, 2018 | Law, finance, HR

Thanks to Heritage Schools, half a million children have already taken part in a range of stimulating projects including creating local heritage films, community exhibitions, and some have even campaigned to have their local war memorial included on the National Heritage List for England.

The programme supports teachers in learning about the heritage of the area they teach in, so they can embed it into the curriculum, and make local links with the national story of England.

Since the programme started in 2012, Historic England has provided direct support to more than 600 schools, and training to 3000 teachers and trainee teachers, reaching more than 500,000 schoolchildren across the country.

Children are inspired by and feel connected to the heritage on their doorstep, and develop a sense of place by exploring the buildings and sites that make where they live special. – Deborah Lamb OBE, Historic England

Historic England has worked with a wide range of local heritage services including museums, galleries, libraries and archives to develop local heritage resources that teachers can use in the classroom. School projects are specific to the local area and children have uncovered some fascinating stories: from discovering their school was used as a military hospital during the First World War, to finding out how local women battled for the vote a hundred years ago, to how the mining, fishing or cotton industry shaped their town.

Deborah Lamb OBE, Deputy Chief Executive at Historic England said: “We are delighted that the Department for Education has extended the funding for our Heritage Schools programme to 2020, so even more children can learn about and enjoy the heritage of where they live. Children are inspired by and feel connected to the heritage on their doorstep, and develop a sense of place by exploring the buildings and sites that make where they live special.”

Schools are provided with free resources, teaching packs, learning guides and thousands of archive images that are free to download from the Historic England website.

Historic England has extensive online resources for teachers, including a pre-historic timeline, teaching notes, presentations and activities exploring life in the Bronze Age. The most popular downloads are Saxon England, First World War and ‘What makes our place special?’

For more information on the programme, visit Historic England here

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