What Teachers Say about Heritage Schools

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

The Heritage Schools 2017 -2018 Evaluation Report illustrates how our award-winning programme develops teachers' skills and confidence in using local heritage in their teaching. It explains how learning about local history engages pupils and improves their skills.

Download the report summary

Photo shows a local heritage display produced by pupils at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, Seaham. It maps, photographs and drawings, many of which depict the mining heritage of the area
Heritage display at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, Seaham © Historic England

What teachers say about our training

  • 97% have a greater understanding of the value of using local heritage in the curriculum
  • 95% have an increased awareness of and access to useful resources

What teachers say about the impact on pupils

  • 98% agreed learning about local heritage improved pupils’ sense of place
  • 97% agreed learning about local heritage improved pupils' sense of pride

What teachers say about being part of the programme

  • 97% have an increased knowledge of the heritage and cultural offer in their local area
  • 99% are more likely to make use of local services and resources linked to heritage

“It’s a fantastic thing to do and you can get so much out of it, it’s more meaningful[ a local history study] and gets the children interested”

Primary Teacher – West Midlands

What our heritage partners say about Heritage Schools

  • 99% would recommend participation in the programme to schools and heritage/cultural partners
  • 95% say they are now more connected to the needs of schools/teachers

Full report and case studies

The full report contains results from teacher surveys and case studies of individual school projects. It shows that Heritage Schools is successful in a variety of schools in different areas of the country. The teacher interviews highlight the impact of the programme on pupils' learning and engagement. The case studies describe local heritage projects from each region of the country. They show how schools have used local heritage to inspire learning across the curriculum.

Each case study can be downloaded here:

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