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For Teachers

What is Museum Learning?

Museum Learning is about helping students achieve using museums. We define Museum Learning as how we use museum objects, stories, people and skills to inspire teaching and learning.  

At The Langley Academy we have pioneered a partnership model where museum learning projects are created together and involve using collections to inspire learning in school, at the museum and beyond.

How can museums help?

 

We support activity across the curriculum. Teachers often look for projects that will engage students with their subjects in new and exciting ways. They look for real life applications of their subjects, opportunities for students to use their initiative and projects that bring wider context to a topic.


In the Museum Learning team we use an outcome framework developed by Leicester University and popular in the cultural heritage sector. Called the Generic Learning Outcomes, this is a helpful way to think holistically about your projects.

The Generic Learning Outcomes are:

  • Enjoyment, inspiration, creativity (Being surprised, having fun, being moved, thinking or doing something creative...)

  • Knowledge and understanding (Learning new information, connecting ideas, using existing knowledge in a new way…)

  • Skills (Physical skills, problem solving skills, social skills, emotional skills, communication skills…)

 

Getting started

If you are a member of the Langley Academy Trust you can contact the Museum Learning Team in S1.02 for help in how to get started. We are always happy to talk to teachers from other schools and can  be reached on museum@langelyacademy.org.

 

However, our best advice is for you to get in touch with your local museum. Museum professionals always want to talk to teachers and will often create something bespoke for your students if it helps them learn how better to support young people.

 

Between 2014 and 2014 we ran a project called Stronger Together where we linked up 11 projects between secondary schools and museums in the Thames Valley area. You can find out more about the project here.  Our top tips from this project were:

  • Students needs

    Be clear about what the students’ needs are at the start. One tip is to list three specific needs and demonstrate how the project meets them. This will help keep things on track and means you can evaluate impact. Don’t forget there will be unexpected benefits too.

  • Funding

    Check your regional Arts Council England museum development programme. The South East Museum Development Programme has information about funds available. There are also programmes covering the South West, South East, North West, North East and Midlands.
    Arts Council England list other funders on their website. It is also worth considering ways to spread the cost with mutual support.

    http://www.artswork.org.uk/south-east-bridge/

  • Management

    Manage your project using shared planning and evaluation tools. Clearly setting out your aims and activities will really help you when things get busy. You may find our project management template helpful.

Rhodri Bryant - Executive Principal of The Langley Academy, says:

Rhodri Bryant 

Executive Principal

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The Langley Academy Student says:

Amrit “The best thing is when you go on trips and bring it back and share ideas.”
Jordan “I liked being involved in an exhibition all about me!”
Nicole “The Story Museum project was really interactive. I liked helping the year 7s with their story.”
Cara “I liked planning the Paul Nash exhibition. It was great working as part of a team on a big project.”
Liam “l loved the assault course for the World War One project. Also anything with the River & Rowing Museum.”

Maarukh “Making cases for the Shakespeare exhibition was great. I liked making the potions glitter.”

Parent says:

Full Name

Parent

 

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Jenny Blay and Megan Barker say:

Katherine Rose

and Megan Barker

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