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 About the Scheme.
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One-week Cultural Placements were first piloted by the National One-week Cultural Placements were first piloted by the National Gallery and Roehampton University during the academic year 2003/4. This partnership was set up in response to the Government’s recommendation to encourage ITE (Initial Teacher Education) students to gain teaching experience 'in settings other than schools'.

A need for enhancing opportunities for creative curriculum planning in teaching training courses was also identified by delegates at the Gallery's Annual Headteachers' Conference.

So far 900 Primary ITE students from Roehampton, Edge Hill, Nottingham Trent, Oxford Brookes, Leeds Metropolitan and East Anglia Universities have undertaken the one-week cultural placement programme, either at the National Gallery or an associate partner organisation. In their subsequent school placement the trainees have planned and taught a unit of work around a painting, embedded within which is a pupil visit to their local museum/gallery to see the focus painting.

You can see some examples of these units of work in the Learning Ideas and Outcomes. Many pupils and their families have had the opportunity to see their work displayed in one of the exhibitions in our partner galleries and museums.

Partnerships with The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, The Walker Gallery, Liverpool, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery have been built as a sustainable part of the programme which was originally made possible through Strategic Commissioning DCMS/DCSF funding.

The programme was evaluated in 2009-10 by Dr Dominic Wyse and Laura McGarty from Cambridge University.

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