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.
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 100,000 children
- Created resources for the 14,500 unique visitors a month to the Heritage Explorer website