Training teachers: museums deliver great CPD and ITT opportunities

By Rachel Hayward | 10 February 2009 | Updated: 29 March 2011
An image of a woman and girl painting.

© Ironbridge Gorge Museum

UK museums, galleries, science centres, heritage sites, libraries and archives are great places for both your ITT or CPD needs.

You will get subject specialist training via fun, interactive presentations, activities and workshops. There will be invaluable opportunities to share ideas and experiences with other teachers and venue staff.

You will also be able to find out about the educational programmes on offer and even test out activities as well as receive practical guidance on visiting with school groups.

Museum and gallery-based ITT and CPD training covers a wide range of curriculum subjects. For example, the British Museum has opportunities for both primary and secondary school teachers with a focus on History, Art and Design, cross-curricular approaches and Special Educational Needs.

There is also expert training available to match your own particular subject area. For example, CPD at the Design Museum is aimed at primary and secondary Art, Design and Technology teachers.

Click on the link for our ITT feature. The National Gallery runs the cross-curricular Take One Picture scheme aimed at primary school teachers.

Most venues are happy to discuss and work with you on your training requirements. Use the map in our Places to Go section to help you find the relevant contact information.

In addition, venues add to the already impressive set of more than 3,000 events, exhibitions and resources in the database - so you can check out their latest downloads and real-life activities.

To get an idea of the breadth of information in the site, click on the 'Search Site' box which sits at the top right of every page. It calls up every piece of data in the system and you can then browse by subject, geographical location or curriculum.

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