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24th March 19
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Experience History





Experience History is a new online platform for UK museums and heritage sites to promote themselves for free.

Experience History will help museums and heritages sites across the UK to reach wider audiences online. The website features a breakdown of museums and heritage sites across the UK by region, a what’s on section, and blog which features guest articles from museum and heritage professionals and reviews of exhibitions and events.

Editor, Alex Peters said ‘We hope that the museums and heritage sites around the UK will help us to build our online community and encourage more people to engage with the UK’s culture and history.

‘We are at an interesting time for cultural organisations in terms of utilising digital media effectively and making sure that they are reaching audiences in the right places.

Experience History provides a place to promote culture in the UK, and also for museums to share an insight from a different angle by writing guest articles and providing new perspectives on their particular institution.’

Experience History welcomes you to submit news, events or stories from your institution as well as any guest articles that your museum team my wish to write.

For more information about Experience History email   or contact us through social media.


CLEAPSS: Supporting Practical Science and Technology in Schools & Colleges


CLEAPSS have circulated a Health & Safety warning to be drawn to the attention of all local authority art, technology and science advisory staff and directly to schools if appropriate, about the use of Plaster of Paris in making body casts for sculptural purposes. This follows a serious accident in an art lesson where a young girl was mixing Plaster of Paris with water intending to make a cast of her hand. The mix became very hot as it solidified, causing serious burns resulting in amputation. Temperatures exceeding 60 degrees centigrade can be generated. Safety data sheets supplied with the product warn about making casts but such warnings may be lost or not appear on small samples intended for laboratory use. Teachers and pupils should be warned of the dangers of using Plaster of Paris and avoid skin contact. CLEAPSS have produced a guidance leaflet PS72 'Using Plaster of Paris in Schools' which gives the background to the accident and advises on safe use of the material. It can  be downloaded on the 'members-only' area of their website:

Educational Change and ICT: an Exploration of Priorities 2 and 3 of the DfES e-strategy in Schools and Colleges


Priority 2 Integrated online support for children and learners

Aiming for online personalised support for learners, parents, and practitioners, giving secure access to personal records, online resources, tracking and assessment that works across all sectors, communities, and relevant public and private organisations


Priority 3 A collaborative approach to personalised learning activities

Transforming how people learn by harnessing the full potential of new technology across all subjects and skill development, and embedding assessment more appropriately within learning and teaching


Learning Platforms


Learning Platforms

By 2008 every primary and secondary school in England and Wales will have its own Learning Platform (DfES).

Learning Platform (LP) is a generic term used to describe a range of integrated web based applications. These can include web pages, email, message boards, text and video conference, shared diaries, online social areas, as well as assessment tools.


Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Managed Learning Environments (MLEs) are part of the same family of applications.  Find out more from:

DFES: Nurturing Creativity in Young People


Nurturing Creativity in Young People

"Nurturing Creativity in Young People' is the report that follows the Creativity in Schools Review, which was led by Paul Roberts, Director of Strategy at IdEA (Improvement and Development Agency). Jointly commissioned by DCMS and DfES, the report sets out what more the Government can do to nurture young people's creativity. DCMS Report, Nurturing Creativity in Young People.   To read this report click here 


Government Response to Robert's Report on Creativity

The Government has published its response to Paul Roberts' report - Nurturing Creativity in Young People.   To read this report click here

New Primary Magazine


Primary Magazine

Primary First is a new magazine for all primary teachers. It is published by NAPE. The first edition explores issues of creativity and includes a welcome from Sir Ken Robinson. The magazine covers all aspect of primary education (ie is not an art or an arts magazine) but will take a stance which is close to teachers and to innovation and creativity. It will be issued 3 times a year and costs 5. Further information is available from NAPE at:


Primary Art and Design Courses at the British Museum


Primary Art and Design Courses
The Association for Advice and Support in Art and Design (A4) and the British Museum are running a series of one-day training courses aimed at non-specialist primary art and design co-ordinators. Teachers will be able to develop useful personal skills - essential for the effective implementation of the art curriculum - and make cross curricular links with other areas of learning. All A4 and British Museum courses offer teachers the opportunity to develop essential skills and understanding in Art and Design whilst embracing the Every Child Matters framework. The course activities make full use of the British Museum's rich collection of artefacts from different countries and cultures. A4's primary courses are also suitable for any teacher who would like to develop art teaching and learning skills.  Click here for further details.

New QCA Publication


New QCA Publication: 'Teacher Assessment Activities Art and Design, Key Stage (1, 2 or 3)

Each of these three packs has an introduction to assessment and three case studies. These materials provide examples of assessment activities to illuminate, inform and encourage teachers as they develop their own practices. the packs contain examples of formative and summative practice and the principles of assessment for learning. Some case studies show how teachers have responded to issues of transition between phases of education. The packs are called 'Teacher assessment activities Art and design, Key Stage (1, 2 or 3).

They are available from QCA Orderline: PO Box 29, Norwich NR3 1GN. Tel 08700 606015 Ref QCA/06/2427

iNET/SSAT Online Conferences 2006-07


Online Conferences
iNET invites educators in all countries to participate and submit resources to engage in the question:

'Are we meeting the needs of the learner?'

At the heart of this online conference series are students, their needs, and how educators can re-think current practices to ensure deep and effective learning in a knowledge society.

This series asks educators around the world to consider how such a climate can be created, what kind of support is required , the activities students might be involved in, and how leadership and the role of the educator might need to change.  Further information can be found on the SSAT website


Unilever Tate 'International Schools Art Project'


International Schools Art Project
This year's project invites children from around the world to
create artwork based on the theme of 'Reality & Dreams'

The project pack with teaching notes, worksheets to sustain
the project and good quality visual resources are available online at: