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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 2016 -2017 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

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' literacy skills. The case studies describe literacy activities you could use in the classroom. They show that engagement in local heritage extends pupils' literacy skills.

Display of pupils’ local heritage work
Cardwell Primary School Woolwich display of pupils work © Historic England

What teachers say about our training

  • 98% have a greater understanding of the value of using local heritage in the curriculum
  • 97% have an increased awareness of and to access to useful resources

We hit all the criteria for English I would say with speaking and listening, the reading of all the information they had to research, then the writing from studying a whole range of genres over the week from letter writing to report writing to diary work, all sorts of different text types were covered. It was a way of applying the skills pupils had acquired over the year in a completely different type of project.

Primary Teacher - Norfolk

What teachers say about being part of the programme

  • 96% have an increased knowledge of the heritage and cultural offer in their local area
  • 98% are more likely to make use of local services and resources linked to heritage

What teachers say about the impact on pupils

  • 99% agreed learning about local heritage improved pupils’ sense of place
  • 97% agreed learning about local heritage improved pupil’s sense of pride

The level of engagement, the buzz around the school … a real air of excitement amongst the children and that for me was one of the highlights, how engaged [they were].

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

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