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Government Funded Battlefield Tours

Government Funded Battlefield Tours

Contributing to the Centenary of the First World War

Equity partnered with UCL Institute of Education to jointly deliver the Department for Education's funded First World War national centenary education programme, which has run since 2014.

The programme has performed well above expectations, taking two students and one teacher from over 2,200 secondary schools in England on a 4-day tour of the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme.

Programme Impact

One measure of the impact of the programme has been the phenomenal reach of the students’ post-tour projects. Communicating with over 15,000,000 people across very diverse communities, through exhibitions, memorials and broadcasts, with the programme also winning three prestigious education awards along the way. The legacy of the First World War has been carried on through the latest generation to ensure we 'Never Forget'.

Scale of Achievements

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Continuing the legacy

Through delivering the First World War centenary battlefield tours, Equity has gained unique insights and knowledge on how to enhance further its battlefield tour offering. Consequently, Equity now offers both History and English Literature themed tours, specifically focusing on the First World War, with thought-provoking itineraries that align to exam board specifications.

Cross-school collaboration

For members of a MAT, Federation or Alliance, Equity can create complex, cross-site itineraries, to allow multi-school collaboration from disparate regions all travelling together.

Entering a new phase for the programme

As a direct result of the current project achievements to date, the government announced in the Autumn budget that it would continue to fund the Battlefield Tours Programme. Therefore, from April 2019, UCL Institute of Education will continue to offer and run the government sponsored programme. Any schools who would like to register and take advantage of their free tour place can do so, through to 2020.

Equity continues to deliver battlefield tours

Whether you’re thinking about organising a First World War battlefield tour for a subject or dual subject, an entire year group, whole school or cross-school collaboration, Equity is here to help. We’ll work with you to put together a competitively priced itinerary that covers the key topics in your exam specification and support you at parents evening to present the idea. You’ll also be assured of robust risk, safety and safeguarding management processes plus a 24 hour helpline whilst on tour, giving you total peace of mind. Get in touch today and put us to the test.