Learning with historic churches

19 Jan 2022

Churches Conservation Trust has launched an exciting new School Learning Programme featuring activities such as Poetry in the Pulpit and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Conservation Champions workshops.

Churches are wonderful places for learning to come alive and every one of the 350+ historic churches in our care has a unique story to tell. These historic places of worship are fantastic places to deliver all aspects of the curriculum in a local and practical setting. We encourage the use, enjoyment, and appreciation of these important buildings, a fundamental part of our shared heritage.

Our exciting new School Learning Programme is now available at visitchurches.org.uk/what-we-do/learning/schools. Here you can find out about the range of interactive curriculum-based workshops, led by our experienced Heritage Learning Officers, at a local CCT church or in the classroom.

Marian Carson, Director of Operations at CCT said:  “We are delighted to publish our new Schools Learning Programme, which offers educational workshops for schools across England, using their local parish church as an inspiring space for Learning Outside the Classroom.  Our church heritage offers rich and unique opportunities for learning about a wide range of curriculum topics, from STEM subjects and Geography, to RE, History and Art, and this is reflected in the Programme. For almost a decade, our specialist Heritage Learning Team has worked with school learners of different ages, from nursery through to GCSE and Sixth Form, and I’m thrilled this new programme offers both tried-and-tested sessions, as well as more tailored activities to reflect the needs of a particular school group.”  

Teachers on recent visits have commented about the Programme: “The variety of activities meant that children had many different experiences,” and that they liked the “awe and wonder, learning new vocabulary, questions and discovery.”

Bring the curriculum alive with our interactive workshops and discover what the Learning Team can offer you. Our learning programme is made possible through the Heritage Schools Partnership with Historic England, funded by Department for Education.