Training session: Understanding and Working with Schools: context and curriculum - with the museum and heritage sector

Museums hold collections unique to the area around local schools and can also enhance the National Curriculum and cross-curricular work, by offering the opportuntity to handle real objects, experience primary sources and bring classroom teaching alive.  If you already work in schools, or want to find out more about the current situation schools are in and how to tailor your individual offer to meet these needs, then this workshop is for you - whether you are employed in museums and heritage, elsewhere in the cultural sector, or are an independent practitioner or artist.  

Date: Friday 24 April 2015
Time: 10am - 3.00pm (with lunch and networking between 12.00 - 1.00)
Venue: The Ed Shed, Gloucester Folk Museum, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
Cost: £15 (covers admin/lunch* - training is subsidised)
Book: Through Eventbrite booking page here

"well organised, knowledgeable speaker, great networking opportunities and fab lunch!" participant, recent Understanding Schools workshop

"excellent, informative, engaging and thought provoking course"  participant, recent Understanding Schools workshop

The more we can understand schools and the challenges they face, the better placed we are to work with them. This seminar will help you to align your services with their needs and priorities. 

By the end of the training you’ll have:

  • learned about changes to the National Curriculum and challenges faced by schools – and how what you do can help them to address these challenges
  • identified and developed your cultural/arts education offer and how to make it relevant to schools and teachers
  • explored local opportunities in Gloucestershire, and how we can work collectively across the museum/heritage and cultural sector

Real Ideas Organisation has a wealth of experience and successes in working with schools across the South West and will be sharing them in this seminar – including the very latest knowledge and information about schools. If you have attended a previous 'schools sector' seminar, this workshop will reinforce your learning, bring it up to date, and offer an opportunity to hone your individual offer within the new curriculum framework. If you've not been on a RIO schools seminar before and you work with schools, then you should definitely attend!

Who’s it for?
This event is aimed at staff working in the museum and heritage sector, but is equally relevant to arts organisations, venues, and arts practitioners working with young people in Gloucestershire.

Who’s it delivered by?
The training is led by Laura Woodger of Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the Arts Council’s Bridge organisation for the South West. RIO delivers helpful and effective briefing sessions all around the South West and training to Arts & Cultural organisations, including Museums and schools on curriculum changes. Laura has been working in the education sector for almost 12 years,  teaching as well as advising on various government policy. She is responsible for the Arts Council Bridge contract and has practical experience of working directly with schools in their preparation and dealing with current challenges in delivery of the new curriculum.  

Travel information
The nearest place to park is Westgate Car Park - more information here.  Travel information is available here.  

Booking information
Places will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis so do book soon!

*In order to book catering, participant numbers need to be confirmed a week in advance, so book by 17 April to guarantee your place.

This training workshop is organised in partnership with Gloucestershire Museums, Create GloucestershireReal Ideas Organisation (RiO) and is kindly hosted by Gloucester Folk Museum.

Create Gloucestershire offers a varied training programme that responds to the needs of its members and associates.  Membership is free, and also connects you to other professionals in the cultural sector, as well as keeping you informed about opportunities. To apply just fill in the online form

*Refund policy: if you need to cancel your booking, a full refund can be provided up to one week prior to the training session. We  regret that refunds are not possible within one week of the training session date.