What is Museum Learning?

Museum Learning means how we use real things, real stories and real people to inspire teaching and learning. We call our model Curiosity, Exploration, Discovery.
The Langley Academy is the only Museum Learning school in the country. It was inspired by the New York Museum School in Brooklyn, but with adaptations to suit our location and curriculum. We are currently developing Museum Learning across the Trust so that as we grow and develop this website will reflect the work in both the Primary Schools as well as the secondary. Currently the curriculum and pedagogy across all 3 academies are working under the principle of quality learning through Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery and ultimately, in our view, this defines great learning.

What does that mean for students?

Students from Year 7 to 6th Form enjoy off-site visits as part of the curriculum for lots of different subjects. They will also use objects in their lessons and we bring in exhibits and guest speakers for them to experience in school. They make their own exhibitions, take part in special projects and can tell us what to do on the Museum Council.
Stronger Together

The project ran between May 2014 and May 2015. At its core were 30 bursaries enabling teachers and museum professionals to work together to design,
deliver and evaluate curriculum-based museum learning projects.

Current Exhibitions


Last year we worked with 25 different museums and cultural heritage services. Our core partners are:


Jenny Blay

      Head of Museum Learning says:

Jenny Blay

"Surely museums are just about the past?
I am often asked this question by visitors to The Langley Academy. People naturally assume that Museum Learning must be about history.  Yes, we certainly do that but what is special about the Academy is how we work across the curriculum. Our projects can be targeted at very specialist subject skills and knowledge in surprising ways.  They are often about helping students take the next steps beyond the academy. The projects can shape how they see themselves and the world around them.  Whatever we do, it is always about helping our children and young people get the best out of life."

Rhodri Bryant,
      Executive Principal of TLAT says:

Rhodri Bryant

"We are pioneering the use of Museum Learning at The Langley Academy Trust.  We have high aspirations for our children and young people and are determined to provide an outstanding education. Museum Learning supports our aspirations, instilling confidence and supporting independent learners through our ethos of  Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery."

The Langley Academy Student says:

“The best thing is when you go on trips and
bring it back and share ideas."
(Amrit )

“I liked being involved in an exhibition
all about me!"

“The Story Museum project was really interactive.
I liked helping the year 7s with their story."
(Nicole )

“I liked planning the Paul Nash exhibition.
It was great working as part of a team on a big project."
(Cara )

“l loved the assault course for the World War One project.
Also anything with the River Rowing Museum."

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

parentS sAy:

"All of the fun and none of the hassle.”

“Brilliant! The kids loved it.”

“Really good. Inspired lots of questions from the children.”

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Mathew Britten is the Museum Learning Officer at The Langley Academy. He works with teachers to deliver projects that inspire students while meeting their attainment and pastoral needs.


Mathew leads the Museum Club for years 7 and 8 students and as the co-ordinator for the Museum Student Council is the key conduit for youth voice within the museum learning programme. He previously worked at the Wordsworth Trust and the Museum of Cambridge. Leaving us after two years, Mathew reflects on his time at Langley.


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