English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) have joined forces to create a website designed to tap into “the world’s biggest teaching resource” - the buildings and streets round you. The new site is part of the Engaging Places initiative developed to support teachers to utilise the buildings and places around them when helping children to understand why buildings and places matter. And it goes by the same name.
With the support of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Engaging Places looks at the whole built environment from grand historic buildings to the children’s own local neighbourhoods and streets. Visitors to the site will find activities, suggestions for lessons and visits. It can also be used for the new key stage 3 curriculum and Learning Outside the Classroom (another Government backed education programme).
Engaging Places is the result of research conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research, which revealed that teachers felt prohibited from exploiting the educational value of buildings and spaces, mainly because of poor access and clear curriculum links.
Working alongside Culture 24, the non-profit online publisher funded by a number of organisations including the Arts Council and DCSF, Engaging Places gives teachers access to more than 4,000 UK cultural organisations, events, resources and exhibitions.