Strategic Commissioning is a cultural education programme, funded by DCMS and DCSF, which aims to build capacity and sustainability into museum and archive learning through the development of exemplar models of practice and workforce skills. MLA’s Strategic Commissioning workforce development programme offers opportunities for museum and archive educators, teachers, trainee teachers and other cultural sector and children’s and young people’s professionals.
Initial Teacher Training Grant Programme Aims to embed the use of museums and archives into the practice of teachers at the beginning of their professional careers. Museum and archive staff should also benefit from the ideas and expertise the trainees bring to their service
The programme enables trainee teachers to take part in funded placements in museums and archives. Placements support: Trainees to: Enjoy using museums and archives Understand how museums and archives can support teaching and learning Develop their skills in using objects in the classroom Museum/archive staff to: Consider fresh approaches to the collections Better understand teachers’ needs and the needs of the curriculum Better understand their role in supporting teacher education
Placements are designed in a variety of ways . Short placements may include: Evaluating existing resources and carrying out research Mapping existing resources to the curriculum and identifying gaps Creating, and preparing, marketing resources Assisting in outreach Longer placements may include: Researching, developing and creating resources Explore accessibility and adapting resources for SEN Deliver a part, or all, of a session to a variety of audiences Liaise with teachers Tip: A whole cohort could do a 2 day placement, with a smaller number returning for more in-depth work
To allow museum and archive partners to get a different perspective on the objects in their collections
To develop trainees’ understanding of how museums and archives can be used to support them
To build on existing relationships with Kingston University
Coordinated by Kingston Library and Heritage service, placement hosts included 7 other museums and archives.
Placements lasted five days and incorporated:
A day for initial teacher trainees to find out about the project and meet their host.
Three day placements with the host during which the students prepared a learning resource based around an object or selection of objects
A presentation day
Case Study – A Brave New World
IMPACT: The feedback from students shows a much better understanding of how museums and archives can support teaching. Statements of intent to use local museums and archives in the future are really encouraging. A number of students had clearly been inspired by the collections they were working with and had done independent research. I also have a better understanding of how artefacts can support and strengthen children’s learning…I now understand and recognise what the benefits are to creating good relationships with local museums and archives. Trainee Teacher Huge benefit to the organisation which has very limited staff. Museum participant A Brave New World cont.