Heritage in Schools - return to outdoor visits

The Heritage Council is delighted to announce that Heritage in Schools visits will return from Monday, 13th September, offering a mix of in-person, outdoor visits and virtual visits. Furthermore, visits will be FREE to schools and fully funded by the Heritage Council as a way of supporting teachers and students at a time when the benefits of nature and the outdoors are at an all-time high.

What will be offered to schools from 13th September?

1.      FREE in-person visits

·      Schools may book up to three free visits each. The offer is subject to available funding and it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment

·      Visits will be fully-funded by the Heritage Council

·      Visits will be outdoors only, regardless of weather

2.      FREE virtual visits

The virtual programme will be offered by a limited number of specialists, who have undergone specific training and have gained appropriate experience through the 2020/2021 pilot programme.

·      Schools may book up to three free visits each. The offer is subject to available funding and it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment

·      Visits will be fully-funded by the Heritage Council

NOTE: IN ORDER TO REACH AS MANY SCHOOLS AS POSSIBLE THE LIMIT WILL BE THREE VISITS PER SCHOOL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

How do I book a visit?

·         Visit the Heritage in Schools website www.heritageinschools.ie and browse our Heritage Specialists for ‘virtual’ or ‘in-person’ visits

·         When you find a Specialist to suit your requirements contact the Specialist to arrange a date and then select ‘book a visit’ on that Specialist’s profile page

·         You will receive an email with a reference number when your booking is approved

Please note the following before submitting a booking request:

·         Visits will be delivered outdoors only and on the school premises. Requests for field trips can be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Indoor visits will not be provided under any circumstance until further notice

·         School Covid-19 protocol for visitors musts be emailed to the Specialist in advance of the visit. Our Specialists will strictly adhere to protocols in place

·         Specialists will work with a maximum of 2 pods/30 children

·         Face coverings will not be worn unless specifically requested by a school

·         Specialists will accept the risk that visits may be cancelled due to inclement weather but schools are required to give at least 5 working days’ notice for cancellation of virtual visits, so that slots can be reallocated

Please appreciate that Specialists are self-employed and do not get paid for cancelled visits - a late cancellation means loss of earnings

·         A visit confirmation form will need to be completed and signed by the class teacher after each visit

·         Specialists will remain up-to-date with public health measures relating to COVID-19 

 

Further information:

Please direct any questions you might have to Maria Walsh:

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Phone: 086 083 4685 (between 10am and 3pm, Monday-Friday)

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