Watch the Engaging Places video

By Engaging Places | 09 April 2009

To celebrate the launch of the inaugural of teachers and learning providers (March 2009) we created a collection of videos to share the story of Engaging Places.

Four school students interviewing infront of a camera

St John's CE Primary School year 4 students being interviewed by two year 10 students from Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Time to engage event, March 2009 © Alys Tomlinson

Following the Engaging Places projects of two schools, St Pius X Catholic High School and Cardinal Newman Catholic School, the videos introduce the benefits of teaching and learning through buildings and places.

The Engaging Places network launch event, Time to engage, took place at the V&A Museum with this one-minute video featuring the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

And after catching the enthusiasm of Engaging Places from the tasters continue on to watch the full video (it only runs for ten minutes) and hear what the Secretary of State had to say about Engaging Places.

The inaugural Engaging Places network was a great success – responses from teachers, students and learning providers showed that using buildings and places increases student engagement and helped students to connect with their local environment.

Supported by the QCA co-development process, teachers and learning providers were introduced to the process of creating a compelling learning experience for their learners.

In keeping learners at the heart of any teaching and learning experience, a compelling learning experience:

  • gives learners a sense of autonomy
  • offers opportunities for cooperation and collaboration
  • broadens horizons and raises aspirations
  • is real and relevant
  • has a clear sense of audience and purpose
  • provides contexts that draw together several aspects of learning
  • has clear learning outcomes.


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