Unforgettable lessons: overview

By Engaging Places | 3 October 2014

In 2009 12 partnerships were formed between schools and local cultural organisations to explore new ways of developing joint activities. This was not always straightforward, but discussions led to new insights into the power of learning outside the classroom to inspire learners and exploit the potential of buildings and places as a vehicle for teaching curriculum subjects. To celebrate the projects, Ian McMillan, the well-known Yorkshire poet, congratulated the schools and presented certificates (below). Whatever the age and subject you teach, you'll find something here to inspire you. So step outside the classroom and make the most of the teaching opportunities you can find there.

Poet Ian McMillan with two Madeley Academy students holding up certificates

Ian McMillan with Madeley Academy students © CABE

Bristol: Space and Design
Key Stage 3
Geography, History and Design and Technology
Architecture Centre Bristol in partnership with Oak Hill short stay school

Buildings and Patterns
Key Stage 2
Severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties
Whole curriculum
Camden Council and the British Museum in partnership with Jack Taylor Special School

Divine Inspiration
Key Stage 2
Religious Education, History, Geography and English
Diocese of Coventry in partnership with St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School

Erith Marshes
Key Stage 3
Science, Geography, History and English
Bexley Council and Urban Words in partnership with Trinity School

Gravesend Riviera
Key Stage 5
Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
Key Stage 2
English, Geography, Citizenship and History
South East Planning Aid in partnership with Riverview Junior School and Thamesview School

Look up, look back, look forwards
Key Stage 2
Geography and History
Shropshire Archives in partnership with Wrekin View Primary School

Mapping your Greenwich
Key Stage 4
Art, English, ICT and Maths
National Maritime Museum in partnership with Kidbrooke School and Arts College

People and Places: the changing faces of the Old Royal Naval College
Key Stage 2
English, History, Geography and Art
The Old Royal Naval College in partnership with Wingfield Primary School

SPUD youth group
Key Stage 4
Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, Design and Technology, and Geography
Led by Solent Centre for Architecture and Design

Stories in stone, Ercall Wood Technology College
Key Stage 4
Wolverhampton Art Gallery in partnership with Ercall Wood Technology College

Stories in stone, Madeley Academy
Key Stage 3
BTEC first certificate in Construction
Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Jefny Ashcroft in partnership with Madeley Academy

White Tower impressions: design for conservation
Key Stage 3
Design and Technology, History and Art
Historic Royal Palaces in partnership with Graveney School

All these projects were featured in the Unforgettable lessons exhibitions that were held in Greenwich and Wolverhampton during summer 2010. These exhibitions informed two debates about the future of cultural education. Read about the outcomes from the debates here:  and the .

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