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Learning Exchange During recent training in York and London, participants each shared one challenge or question. Other participants then offered advice or insight that could help them. These are written up below, and have been edited into a frequently asked questions section, grouped by the following themes: 1. Schools 2. Higher Education 3. Social Media 4. Volunteers 5. Increasing engagement 6. Planning and strategy 1
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Schools General points to consider: Look at the National Curriculum and see what you might be able to offer schools in your area from within your collections; Make contact with other archivists, librarians and curators in your area who might have done this and ask for example resources. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Consult with your local schools: - develop a questionnaire and send out to schools with a letter promoting your service. Find out contacts and arrange meetings to discuss what you can offer; - talk to teachers about specific resources regarding certain topics which could be created from your collections. These could be supplied remotely through an online learning pack, or shown to pupils on visits.. Contact your local PGCE teacher training course provider; consider running joint sessions with them for their students on your collections, and their potential uses in the classroom. How do I develop a comprehensive and relevant programme for primary schools? How do I engage more with school children in Key Stage 2 and 3? Suggestions Set up a steering group of teachers with an interest in culture/heritage. Find out what they are studying; suggest records relating to their school or area, census, maps, people and help where you can; talk to staff about specific resources regarding certain topics which could be created; Ask if you can spend a day in school to see what they are doing to give you ideas. Attend planning meetings in school in advance of curriculum delivery and support teachers with advice on delivery. Go to school assemblies as a starting point to present some interesting materials such as photos of the local area, then offer follow up sessions. Consider running CPD events for teachers, how to engage young people with creative materials. We have looked at the draft history doc and I have been tasked to find links to our collection. “I have a folder that I add examples to as I come across them and am collating these to create an online resource.” Could this be developed as an educational bundle for teachers? Look at cross-curricular options or focus on skills development (rather than content). Head Teachers conference/History Teachers, Twilight sessions for teachers. Schools have many events, plays, festivals, assemblies and always want ideas. Could your resources inspire them beyond the curriculum?
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  • Spring '14
  • PatriciaG.Berman

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