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Educating in April

What an eclectic month April has been!

We started the month with some felt making workshops for teenagers, worked with our local children’s centres on activities for 0-5s, repaired and cleaned all our costumes, interviewed and appointed a new member of staff, officially joined the Canal & River Trust education team, carried out consultation with teachers and ran our usual quota of school visits – phew!

I have been lucky this month to have Associate Teacher Ben Smith-Richards on placement with me as part of his BEd teacher training course. He has been a fantastic help and has tackled some tricky projects over the course of his placement. He has also been kind enough to contribute to this blog . . .

Ben says: "When I was given a place at the National Waterways Museum for my non-standard placement, I was unsure of the challenges I would face and how they would aid my professional development. Coming to the end of my fourth and final week in Ellesmere Port, I have had a fantastic experience working alongside Helen.

I was thrown in at the deep end (not literally!) right from the first day, as Helen gave me a number of tasks to complete during my time at the museum. They involved reviewing risk assessments, team teaching workshops for school visits, redesigning and differentiating a Maths trail for children in Key Stage 1 & 2, and arranging visits to local primary schools to carry out consultations with pupils and staff for a new exhibition.

I have been able to use my creative skills combined with my initiative to complete all of the tasks I was given; allowing me to practice my specialism resulting in a great progression for my professional development. Thank you Helen for giving me an invaluable experience."

About this blog

Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.

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