Learn how to create successful schools programmes

Patrick Steel, 18.03.2015
Top of the class will explore learning programmes with and for schools
MP seminar Top of the class: creating successful schools programmes, which takes place on 28 April at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, will examine how museums can develop learning programmes with and for schools in a way that can transcend and adapt to changing circumstances.

The seminar will look at the impact changes to the national curriculum in England have had on museums’ learning programmes and explore the different ways they have adapted. The challenges that teachers and schools are facing will be examined, alongside what they want and need from museums.

Speakers include Beverly Jones, the headteacher of Coleridge Community College, who will offer her perspective on changes to the curriculum, pressures on teachers and what schools need from museums; Jane Avison, the business manager of Heritage Learning, who will reveal how museums in Hull are deliver high-quality learning to schools in a self-funded model; and Jan Pitman and Katie Smith from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse who will discuss how they have responded to changes that threatened 70% of their school visits, including creating cross-curriculum programmes and playing to their strengths.

Rebecca Atkinson, the Museums Association’s online publications editor, said: “Our last MP seminar on education at the start of 2014 explored what changes to the national curriculum in England meant for museums.

“Now that those changes are starting to bed in, this event will aim to look at how museum educators can develop sustainable partnerships with schools, adapt to change and ensure that the quality of their programmes remains a priority.

“We have some great speakers, with a wealth of experience in this area, who will be sharing their experiences. If your museum is looking at how to develop or improve its offer to schools, then this event is for you.”


Top of the class: creating successful schools programmes