Historic England has published the Heritage Schools 2017/18 evaluation report which shows how valuable it is for children and young people to learn about their local heritage - not just for history, but for all other subjects too.  One of the highlights of the year is going to visit some of the schools to talk to them about their projects.

This year I visited Claremont Primary in Manchester, Heacham Junior School on the North Norfolk coast, St Cuthbert's RC Primary in Seaham, Co Durham, and William Patten Primary in Stoke Newington, London - schools in very different locations but all finding out fascinating things about their locality.  Scroll down the Historic England webpage to reach the links for the case studies.  My colleagues at Qa Research made the visits for the other case studies and carried out the quantitative research.  This is the sixth annual report we have done for Heritage Schools, and each one has demonstrated the effectiveness of the programme, which is funded by the Department for Education.