New ITT and CPD museum opportunities for teachers from MLA

By Rachel Hayward | 20 May 2010
Photo showing a big group of primary school children in blue looking at source material on a table

Pupils from St Anne's School with the Whitechapel Archive. All photos courtesy MLA

News: A range of development opportunities for professionals working with children and young people have been announced by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

88 funded placements are available through the Learning Links programme for learning professionals, including teachers, extended school co-ordinators, educators and support workers, to work in partnership with museums and archives.

There are 1,000 placement opportunities for trainee teachers in a museum or archive are available through the Initial Teacher Training grants programme. ITT providers can apply in partnership with a museum or archive, with either taking the lead role. The placements provide trainees with an opportunity to experience cross-curricular approaches to learning in settings other than schools.

Over 2,000 funded places on training courses and other activities provided through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme offer opportunities to gain further skills, knowledge and experience to enable the cultural sector to deliver quality programmes for children and young people.

CPD activities in 2010-11 include:
- Safeguarding the welfare of the child - workshops, advice surgeries and updates on the new ISA Vetting & Barring Scheme and child protection policies and procedures, including social networking and related issues.
- Education development - seminars and workshops with a focus on literature and literacy.
- Leadership and further professional development - a range of tools to increase skills, confidence and professionalism.
- Regional CPD - activities for each of the nine regions of England, to further develop working practices with children and young people.

Photo showing two children in a museum setting looking at objects

Object handling at the Horniman Museum

Applications for placements are available through Learning Links and the Initial Teacher Training programme and the closing dates are June 23 and 25, 2010 respectively. CPD opportunities will be advertised on the website. For further details of these programmes and to read more about the Strategic Commissioning Workforce Skills Development Programme 2010-11 please visit the MLA website.

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