Schools & Teachers

Information for teachers planning a visit.

 

ACCESS OFFICERS

Our Access Officers are on site to help you plan and arrange visits, organise bookings for the education suite, facilitate guided tours and workshops and also to advise about our facilities and recommend resources.


The team can be contacted by telephoning:

Susan Sedgwick - 01642 358108 or by emailing: dmeducation@middlesbrough.gov.uk



EDUCATION SUITE

The Education suite is available to booked groups. Most workshop delivery takes place in our large bright space which overlooks Alber Park. The suite is self contained and has toilet and hand washing facilities. Students' coats and bags can be left securely as there is no public access to this room. The space can also be used as a place for pack lunches to be eaten.



What’s available for Schools



Learning Opportunities

We deliver a variety of workshops, some of which have been designed to complement the Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects programme. These are suitable for delivery at the beginning, middle or end of your topic period.

Visit or Schools Workshops page to see our list of project topics.

The Access team works to ensure that each session delivered is educational, informative but most importantly, lots of fun! We use the best quality resources to bring topics to life and give groups access to objects from museum collections which are not usually on display. Time in relevant galleries has also been incorporated into most of our workshops. This is an excellent taster opportunity for students and teaching staff who haven't visited the museum before to see our wonderful displays!


Workshop sessions are generally two hours long and run between 9.30-11.30am. However times can be altered to fit around individual schedules if necessary. Please contact the Education Officers to discuss specific needs.


To ensure a quality experience, we ask that the maximum number of children booked in per workshop session is 30. Most of the workshops have an Art & Craft element where the students make something to take back to school. Aprons are provided for any messy craft activities.


FEES & CHARGES 2017/18

Workshop & Guided Tours

£60 per session per class up to a maximum of 30 pupils

£120 Full Day

 

Loan Boxes

£20 per half term (6 weeks)

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

Most workshops have a strong hands-on element and are easily adapted for pupils with special educational needs. Please contact one of our Access Officers to discuss your group's requirements.



ACCESSIBILITY

The museum has wheelchair and push chair access to all floors via a lift. Our lift can accommodate up to three wheelchairs and three carers or teachers at any one time.
There are 2 disabled parking bays immediately in front of the museum and the museum can be accessed via a ramp to the automated front door.
A wheelchair is available for use by visitors, prior notice is preferred.



PARKING

Free on Street parking is permitted to the front and side of the museum. Please be aware, marked bays have a maximum stay of 2 hours. There is also a small museum car park accessible off Park Road South.



PRACTICAL ADVICE

To gain the most from their visit children should be closely supervised. We suggest a ratio of 1 adult per 10 children.



SELF-LED VISITS

A maximum of 90 students per self-led visit is recommended. It is advised that you split the group into smaller groups of 30 and stagger entry by around 10 minutes, then each group has plenty of room to explore.


A visit can take from 2 hours or a full day if using all of the displays.


To prevent bottlenecks in the reception area please arrange for small groups to visit the shop at separate times during your visit.


Please book self-led visits at least two weeks in advance.



RISK ASSESMENTS

In accordance with Department for Education (DfE) guideline it is the responsibility of the visiting teacher(s) to undertake a risk assessment but see help sheet below.

Generic Hazard Identification 8.75kb



PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

The Dorman Museum is operated by Middlesbrough Council. It is governed by all the normal local authority regulations and insurances.


Insurance Cover Document



OTHER FACILITIES

A shop is housed in the reception area, which sells a range of stock, from "pocket money items" to quality gifts.


Male, female and disabled public toilets are located on the ground floor and there are clearly marked fire escapes to the front & rear of the building



LOAN BOXES

The museum offers a series of Loan Boxes containing objects and resources relating to specific topics. There is a charge of 20 per half term. Preference is given to schools visiting the museum. Schools must pick up and return. Advance booking is required.


Loan Box Topics

 

  • Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • Victorian Childhood
  • Portraits
  • Toys & Games
  • Homes of the Past
  • Egyptians
  • Musical Instruments from around the world
  • Romans

 

Other resources are available, please contact the Access Team for more information




Making a Mark LogoMaking a Mark is a partnership project between eight Tees Valley museums and the National Portrait Gallery. It is part of the Museums and Schools Programme 2012–17 funded by DfE extended utill March 2018.

 

 

Making a Mark can support units in the new curriculum in Science, Geography, Art and Design and English as well as new Local History study units. 

 

Making a Mark encourages students to understand more about, and feel proud of, their local heritage and in so doing raises their aspirations.

 

It aims to increase the number of high-quality educational visits by schools in areas that currently have lower than average cultural engagement. This work is closely supported by the Arts Council and regional bridge organisations.

 

Making a Mark is funded by DFE and is part of the Arts Councils Museums and Schools initiative.

 

For more information and resources vist the Making a Mark website:
http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/makingamark/home.php

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