Over 1,000 schools have signed up to First World War battlefields visit scheme

21 October 2013 | Kate Clements

More than 1,000 schools have already signed up to give their pupils the chance to visit the First World War battlefields.

The project – part of the UK Government’s centenary programme – was launched in summer 2013 and 1,097 schools have already signed up.

Each participating school will send at least two pupils and a teacher on a four-day visit to see battlefields and to take part in remembrance ceremonies on the Western Front. The tours will start in spring 2014 and will run until 2019.

The project will allow secondary school pupils to learn at first-hand about the sacrifices made by the troops and the personal stories of those involved in the war effort.

Children who do not visit will also benefit when pupils and teachers who have taken part in the project pass on what they have learnt from their experience.

This could involve establishing commemoration projects, uncovering local stories, and sharing the results of genuine historical enquiries with their schools and local communities.

Pupils and teachers from every maintained secondary school in England have the chance to go on the tours, which are run by the Institute of Education and the School Travel Group.

Visit the Institute of Education website for more information, including how to sign up.