Encouraging teachers to visit museums with their students

Posted by Helen Moore, Marketing Manager (Information & Cultural Management)

Museum visits and out of school teaching bring learning to life by deepening young people’s understanding of history, culture and improving their personal development. 

Children in England and Wales spend too much time in the classroom according to a report by MPs. Earlier this year, the Children Schools and Families Committee highlighted teacher training as one of the barriers to getting more pupils out of the classroom. The report said a lack of training meant new teachers did not have the confidence to lead trips. The committee also said health and safety fears discouraged teachers from organizing visits outside school.

Using Museums as an Educational Resource

The new edition of Using Museums as an Educational Resource: An Introductory Handbook for Students and Teachers (Graeme Talboys) is designed to give teachers all the tools to overcome these fears and organize a successful school trip.

Graeme Talboys draws on his considerable experience as a teacher, community education worker, and museum education officer. He has based his text on tried and tested lectures and practical sessions, offering a complete practical guide to planning, preparing and conducting a museum visit, including risk assessment and follow-up activities.

More about Using Museums as an Educational Resource: An Introductory Handbook for Students and Teachers

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