A community based learning initiative involving twelve Geography PGCE Geography Trainee teachers and subject tutors took place at the Waterworks Museum in Hereford on Thursday 7 April as an Institute of Education Teaching and Student Experience project.
Trainees were involved in the design of contemporary and relevant course curricula ; having been given a tour of the site by Museum volunteers, trainees worked in groups to plan teaching activities and resources inspired from this first-hand experience. Each group prepared an outline to present to a ‘Dragons Den‘ panel of tutors and Museum volunteers before finalising these as a Teachers Pack for secondary schools in the locality for secondary schools to use during educational visits to the site.
Richard Curtis, Chairman and Company Secretary of the Museum, was keen to explain one of the Museum’s goals to the university group “to broaden the reach of our education offering” and recognising that a regular review of their education service was essential to ensure “it is relevant to the changing schools’ curriculum”.
Trainees found the day beneficial and enjoyable and a very productive time for planning activities based around an outside location. One trainee stated “the volunteers are well informed and welcoming” and another commented the day “made us think outside the box in order to create and adapt resources based around the waterworks.”
Jill Jackson. Head of Strategic Partnership, Institute of Education