Helen Ward

Why museum learning is beneficial for pupils

The idea of building a school around museum learning might seem ‘fluffy’ to some, but one academy trust in Slough is proving the doubters wrong. Its philosophy is about linking learning to the stories and emotions behind objects, leading to deeper understanding. And, at a time when budget and exam pressures are putting heads off school visits, The Langley Academy Trust is highlighting the fact that you can’t put a price on pupils’ cultural enrichment, writes Helen Ward

How the museum helps in more ways than one

I don’t want anyone to think we’re here being fluffy in a corner,” Tracey Bowen, headteacher of The Langley Academy Primary in Slough, says. “If we want children to succeed in life, they have to be able to read, have to be able to write, have to be numerate and have to have emotional intelligence to back all that up.”

She may seem a little defensive. The school opened just under four years ago and is already over-subscribed. But “being fluffy” is the sort of accusation levelled at a primary that takes its Year 2 pupils to spend the day on an art project at a local museum – just a couple of ...

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