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How the Heritage Schools Programme Operates

Our Heritage Schools programme is part of a range of cultural education work funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is the basis for our contribution to the Cultural Education Partnership. Here you can find out what's involved and the impact the scheme's had.

Who's involved?

Local heritage education managers work with between 12 and 24 schools to:

  • Co-ordinate training
  • Offer curriculum support
  • Broker partnerships with local heritage providers

250 schools are directly involved in the programme.

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) is the Heritage School's national partner organisation and has developed a parallel project in three regions to promote the use of CCT properties as learning resources.

Map of England showing location of Heritage Schools projects.
Location of Heritage Schools projects.

Impact of the scheme

Each school has nominated a Lead Teacher who is trained to embed local heritage in their school's curriculum. Teachers have reported that they are much more confident and knowledgeable about using local heritage as a result of their training.

Schools are now using local heritage to connect children to where they live, develop a sense of a place and an understanding of how local heritage relates to the national story. Our research shows that, as a result, children are increasingly proud of where they live.

I had a priceless moment when a child in my class [...] was holding the census in his hands of a hundred years ago of the people who lived in his house, so that kind of link has been really good for them to think 'Wow, this was in my house.'

Manchester teacher.

The benefits of learning about local heritage

Learning about local heritage:

  • Supports the delivery of the history and geography curriculum
  • Inspires creativity
  • Develops literacy and an awareness and appreciation of architecture and design
  • Encourages young people to value and protect the heritage around them.

So far we have:

  • Trained over 600 teachers
  • Spoken to 1,000 people at Heritage Schools events
  • Reached 120,000 children
  • 30,000+ resource downloads each year

I think the difference has been the drive of the project, the CPD... people have been able to see what is available and connect into things. It makes all the difference: a CPD event, if done well, as these have been, can be inspirational and people get on board with it, get enthusiastic and want to run with it... they came back buzzing.

Great Yarmouth teacher.

Evaluation report

You can download an Executive Summary of the evaluation report of the programme from the related documents block below.

The Heritage Schools team being trained in the use of historic maps.
Heritage Schools teachers benefit from high-quality teacher training, including using historic maps.
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