Curriculum Leadership

5. Knowing sources of outside help

From the pensioner who comes into school to talk about their experiences of World War Two to the re-enactment group that stages mini-battles on the school playing field, there are now a host of individuals and organisations that can be called upon to help bring history alive. Many museums are now employing 'outreach' officers who will bring artefacts into the classroom, supplementing the regular loan services still offered by some local authorities on a subscription basis. Through experience and recommendation the curriculum leader will know what works best and build up relationships accordingly. He or she is also the main recipient of history-related publicity material, sifting out what colleagues should know about and consigning the rest to the staffroom waste-paper bin.