How the Heritage Schools Programme Operates
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.
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.
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