Heritage Schools

Developed in response to the government report on cultural education in England, our Heritage Schools programme aims to help school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

The programme includes clusters of schools in eight regions across England.

The aim of the Heritage Schools programme is to make sure that:

  • Children develop a sense of pride in where they live
  • Children understand their local heritage and how it relates to the national story
  • Teachers are more confident in making effective use of local heritage resources in delivering the curriculum
  • Local historic context is embedded in the school's curriculum
  • Heritage providers are more connected to the needs of local schools
  • Parents are engaged in their children's learning
  • Communities are more deeply involved in the life of the school

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  • Colourful amusement rides on the beach at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire.

    How the Programme Operates

    Find out about how the Heritage Schools programme works.

  • Westfield War Memorial Village, Lancaster.

    Extending the Programme

    Find out more about the extension of our Heritage Schools programme.

  • All illustration of a beach scene at Ramsgate, Kent.

    Celebrating Success

    Find out how we and the schools involved celebrate successes and share experiences from the Heritage Schools programme.

  • Schoolchildren and teachers filming outside a church.

    What Teachers Say

    Find out what teachers told us about the impact of our Heritage Schools training and read case studies to inspire your teaching.


Heritage Schools Team

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