Heritage in Schools Scheme - now recruiting!

The Heritage in Schools Scheme is inviting applications for the 2020-2022 Panel of Heritage Specialists

The Heritage in Schools Scheme is an outdoor education programme for primary school children operated by the Heritage Council. The Scheme is unique in Ireland and provides a diverse panel of Heritage Specialists who work directly with children in primary schools throughout the country. It is leading the way in promoting outdoor education and encouraging children to engage directly with the natural and cultural heritage that surrounds them.

Aims of the scheme

  • To generate greater awareness, respect, interest and appreciation of our heritage among primary school children (4-12 year olds) by encouraging both teachers and pupils to engage with their local heritage in a hands-on, interactive and meaningful way, through place-based learning.

  • To encourage learning in the outdoor classroom in order to address the increasing decline in time spent outdoors by Irish children.

Expansion of the panel of Heritage Specialists

The current Panel will be reviewed at the end of 2019 and we expect to invite an additional 30-40 Specialists to join the Scheme and fill existing gaps.

Membership of the Panel will be for a two-year term (from 1 January, 2020) and subject to a six month probationary period.

Please visit www.heritageinschools.ie for further information on the Scheme.

Application process

Membership of the Panel will require Experts to:

  • Develop a programme for visits to schools that supports the learning objectives of the SESE primary school curriculum for History, Geography and Science;

  • Be familiar and adhere to operating and child protection policies relating to the Scheme, as required by the Heritage Council;

  • Provide necessary details for Garda vetting when requested;

  • Provide a profile photograph and text for the Heritage in Schools website;

  • Carry Heritage in Schools photo identification cards when visiting schools;

  • Engage in a minimum of five school visits per academic year;

  • Attend Heritage in Schools induction training and annual conference;

  • Respond promptly to correspondence from the Heritage Council;

  • Have basic IT skills and email access.

Please send a letter of application indicating how you would be suited to the Scheme and application form to mwalsh@heritagecouncil.ie.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 23rd August @ 5pm with interviews expected to take place early in October.