Working with schools
Gloucestershire Archives can offer a wealth of resources, built up over many years, to help schools engage their students with local history. Our talented learning and outreach team, John and Jemma, can also work with teachers to deliver tailored sessions. Add into the mix our strong partnership with Voices Gloucester, English Heritage and the Gloucester Heritage Forum and we have much to offer hard pressed teachers. One of the main hurdles we've found is getting this message to the right people.
Enter the schools e-newsletter, which we started just over a year ago in February 2023. Eight editions have been issued to date and the tight half termly schedule helps keeps content fresh and relevant. The e-newsletter now goes out to all schools in the county, numbering some 360 primaries, secondaries, independent and special schools, and includes contributions from Forum members, as well as ourselves and Voices Gloucester.
Typical content includes
- upcoming events and offers
- a summary of Forum members' education programme
- news pieces such as new appointments and programmes, projects, activities, and events.
Very pleasingly, we know that our 'open' rate per newsletter exceeds what is regarded as 'good' for this medium and shows that over 100 schools per edition are reading it.
Over the past year we've been able to share news and updates on some great - and photogenic - projects:
The Great Debate
Heritage Schools training delivered to teachers by Historic England
'Gate Street' primary school project
Lots of school visits.....
...with more projects suggested by teachers under development for 2024.