Developing an attractive learning offer for primary schools

How to succeed in museum learning, support school communities, build and maintain positive relationships with schools.

South West Museum Development Programme

A group of children looking with joy at a tower of blue foam in a science museumAbout the session 

Date: 20 June 2024 

Time: 10:00-12:30 

Format: Via Zoom

For many museums, learning is at the heart of its purpose. Together we will make connecting with primary schools less daunting with a whistlestop tour of schools today in a post-COVID world. We will navigate through what is needed to succeed in museum learning, how to support school communities, building and maintaining positive relationships for the long term.

This session is for mainly volunteer-led museums to explore how to create a learning programme for schools from scratch or reimagine a new offer. Find out what schools really want from museums and how to make sure your unique offer is well received. Zoom breakout rooms will be used for discussions and activities in small groups.

All delegates are asked to bring to the session one or two objects that they are already using with schools. Naturally, if the object is huge, like a ship or building, a photograph will be enough!

Who should attend? 

This session is aimed at community or volunteer led museums that are starting a learning offer from scratch or have had one in the past.

What will you learn? 

By the end of the session, you should be able to

  • Understand the needs of primary schools today and how you might help meet those needs and attract them
  • Know more about the National Curriculum through an overview
  • Begin to explore how your collection might fit within the curriculum, ready for a team approach back at your organisation
  • Be able to identify good (and not so good!) practice in museum and heritage learning for schools and know when you have succeeded

How does this meet the Accreditation Standard?

9.1 To provide stimulating learning and discovery activities, including exhibitions and programmes based on your collections

About the trainer 

Helen founding Director and consultant for Culture Force she supports national, regional and independent museums with their learning, interpretation, and workforce development. A highlight includes Leonardo 500 school resources for their long valued client the Royal Collection Trust.

With 20 years’ experience working as Education Manager for museums and heritage organisations, beginning at the the ss Great Britain, she led the museum to gain multiple awards including her volunteer team won the regional Marsh Award. An advocate for volunteering, Helen is a former trustee of arts organisations, a mentor for GEM and assessor for the Heritage Education Trust.

With recent experience in the classroom, Helen is a qualified secondary school teacher specialising in interschool and whole initiatives for more able students. A Development Coach, Helen warmly invites sharing experiences between delegates.