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Young People by delivering Law and Justice education at national heritage sites.

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Young People by delivering Law and Justice education at national heritage sites.

Free heritage education sessions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 - Blog, School Trips

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Children in Nottingham and Leicester are being invited to partake in an exciting heritage education initiative.

The initiative known as Education Syndicates is a kinaesthetic learning programme run by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law. This project will engage more schools through unutilised collections in heritage sites/museums across the East Midlands.

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Education Syndicates has been running for over 5 years and a similar project was successfully delivered in 2014 funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and working with Oakham Castle, Leicester Castle and Northampton Sessions House.

Education Syndicates is currently supported using public funding from Arts Council England and will work in partnership with three ‘host’ museums  of Papplewick Pumping Station, Bassetlaw Museum and the Guildhall in Leicester as well as Nottingham Trent University (NTU) staff, Arts and Heritage practitioners’ and students. The project will focus on the host museum’s needs to develop new learning resources for new audiences. Education Syndicates came about in order to help provide an extensive education service for heritage organisations who simply do not have either the resources or the funds to do this effectively and consistently alone. The ongoing vision for Education Syndicates is for NCCL to create a new shared framework for museum learning which can be replicated across the country.

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Peter Knott, Area Director, Midlands, Arts Council England, said: “One of the Arts Council’s aims is to support projects which have long term benefits for museums and the public, ensuring people can continue to enjoy our nation’s rich historical collections for years to come. Through our investment in Education Syndicates it will be great to see more young people in the East Midlands have the chance to take part in new education sessions, whilst also supporting heritage professionals of the future to gain the skills and qualifications they need.”

This project will see the creation and delivery of brand new education sessions for 1000 children which will be delivered in the context of these remarkable local heritage sites. Therefore it is hoped the project will help to raise engagement with museums and educational attainment through access to heritage.

All education sessions at the museums will be delivered by Nottingham Trent University interns and will be linked to the national curriculum, offering a fun and engaging way for children to learn about and experience the different sites.

At Bassetlaw Museum the learning activities will focus on ‘Roman Masters and Slaves’. Children will be able to take part in an ‘archaeological dig’ where they will uncover domestic Roman objects and find out more about them. They will also have the opportunity to make a Roman disc brooch (KS1) or a Roman coiled pot (KS2).  The session will link to National Curriculum areas of History, English and Design Technology.

Please note, during February half term this Roman Life activity is available for families.  On Thursday 18th February 2016 children are invited to learn more about what daily life was like for Roman slaves and their masters and also discover more about Roman artefacts and objects. This activity takes place on Thurs 18th February at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford. 2 sessions are available at either 10:30 – 12:00 or 1:30 – 3.00. This workshop is free of charge and is suitable for children aged 5-11 years. Booking is advisable please contact [email protected] or call 0115 9520555 ext 228. Parents/carers must stay for the session

At the Guildhall pupils will learn more about ‘The Tudors’. Children will look at Tudor crime and punishment and what it meant to be rich and poor during these times. The session will link to National Curriculum areas of History, English and Citizenship.

Interactive activities at Papplewick Pumping Station are based on the Water Cycle. Children will be able to use and develop their investigation skills. The session will link to National Curriculum areas Science, Geography, Design Technology, History and PSHE.

By working with student interns, the project will also help to develop the next generation of museum educators and strengthen heritage education in museums. Student interns will develop skills, gain experience and ultimately be enabled to find employment in the heritage sector.

“Supporting a local heritage site and developing their educational resources is an exciting time. Coming from a heritage background, learning more about what goes on ‘behind the scenes at museums has been a real eye opener. The course is practical and insightful and will be of great benefit in seeking employment in the museums and heritage sector.Sarah Ellery, Student Rep

During February and March 2016, NCCL will be offering these new heritage education sessions free of charge (including subsidised transport costs) for Key Stage 1 and 2 children within the local catchment areas of Papplewick (Nottinghamshire), Bassetlaw (Nottinghamshire) and Leicester City. If you are interested in this project and would like your school group to be involved then please get in touch with the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law education team.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to school groups who have not visited these sites in the past 3 years.

To find out more please contact:

Natelle Morgan-Brown, ACE Education Syndicates Project Manager

Email: [email protected] Tel: 0115 9520555 ext 228

 

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