What is the role of the Teacher during a visit from a Heritage Expert?

The Teacher needs to liaise with the Heritage Expert in advance of the visit with regard to the content of the visit and the class group they teach. This may include classroom routines, rules, guidance on classroom management or group-work. The Heritage Expert is a visitor to the school/ classroom and as such, the teacher must be present at all times with the Expert and the children.

It is to be hoped that the teacher would actively participate in and enjoy the activities which take place during the visit, supporting the development of both their own knowledge and skill as well as those of the children.

How do we pay?

Schools must pay the Heritage Expert after each visit. Please view the current fee schedule. For every four visits booked with the same Heritage Expert, the school is entitled to a fifth visit free.

Can the Expert adapt their expertise to different class levels/ abilities?

Yes, most Experts can and this will be stated in the Expert’s profile on the 'Heritage Expert List' section of this website. However we do advise that you discuss your specific requirements with the Expert prior to making the booking.

Can the Heritage Experts be contacted for visits outside of the Heritage in Schools Scheme?

Yes, many Heritage Experts give workshops and talks in their local communities about their special area of knowledge. They are often called on to contribute during National Heritage Week and other events.

Can the visits take place outdoors?

Many experts undertake fieldtrips as part of their visit, this will be indicated in their profile on this website. However we do advise that you discuss any particular requirement with the Heritage Expert before making a booking with them.

How do you apply to be on the Heritage in Schools Scheme panel of experts?

New experts were recruited to the scheme in 2015. Any new specialists recruited in 2017 will be for very specific aspects of heritage which are currently under represented and/or to support specific locations where there is currently a lack of specialists.

All information relating to recruitment will be advertised on this website and through the Heritage Council online newsletter which you can subscribe to here: www.heritagecouncil.ie/newsletter

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