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 and a newly created Champion Heritage Schools project.
|400 schools are directly involved in the Heritage Schools programme. In 2019-20, over 3,000 teachers and educators attended Heritage Schools training.
The aim of the Heritage Schools programme is to make sure that:
• Children are proud of where they live
• Children understand their local heritage and how it relates to the national story
• Teachers use local heritage resources confidently and effectively to deliver the curriculum
• Local historic context is embedded in the school's curriculum
• Heritage providers are 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
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. Our research shows that children are also increasingly proud of where they live.
In 2020, we launched Champion Heritage Schools, a project based in 8 schools across England which have delivered some inspiring local heritage projects over the past few years. The scheme champions the work of these brilliant schools and promotes local heritage learning to other schools across the country.