Government Funded Battlefield Tours
Equity, together with UCL Institute of Education, is delivering the government’s secondary school initiative as part of the First World War National Centenary Education Programme. All state maintained schools in England teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and/or 5 are entitled to free teacher training and a free 4 day Western Front tour for one teacher and two students. Running through to spring 2019, this education initiative develops students’ key skills and values through enquiry based learning, and creates a legacy through their post-tour community project. Cross-curricular linkage with English, art and maths make this more than just a history programme.
The programme was awarded Best Educational Product 2014 by the British Educational Travel Association; testament to the long term impact it will have on the teaching and learning of the First World War in years to come.
Equity and UCL Institute of Education recently acquired the accolade of Education Partnership of the Year at the Education Investor Awards, staving off competitors including Teach First and Deloitte; and the Open University and Innovate Finance.
This programme, funded by the Department for Education and the Department for Communities and Local Government, comprises of three distinct elements, all of which are free to eligible schools:
- Teacher development:
Training and access to teaching and learning resources from British Council; BBC News School Report; Imperial War Museum that help develop an engaging pastoral scheme of learning
- 4 day/3 night Battlefields tour:
Incorporating key cemeteries, museums, memorials and battlefields of Ypres and the Somme; shaped around enquiry based learning; accompanied by serving soldiers of the British Army and Battlefield Guides to provide other perspectives
- Student-led community projects:
Following their free tour, the two students are supported in delivering community-based legacy projects as part of the 'Legacy 110' initiative to enhance community and social cohesion and develop key life and work-based skills