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Something exciting is happening to our programmes for schools and teachers, and we would love you to be part of it! 

Since the closure of the Museum due to COVID-19, we have been working on a new online offer for schools and teachers. In addition to refreshing our existing sessions, our new 'Virtual Schools' programme will support schools and children who are unable to visit us in person. 

We will not be taking bookings for school visits during the autumn term, 2020 to enable us to focus on developing our new offer ready for when we welcome schools back in person. However, we are inviting interested teachers to sign up to our Fitz Schools Teacher Panel. 

We are interested in working with staff in a range of different roles, from class teacher, to SM, to support staff, to SENDCOs, to Art, History or Science leads. You can sign up as an individual teacher or on behalf of your school to take part in online consultation sessions from September to Dec 2020. In return for your time, you and your school will get exclusive access to our new films, sessions and activities and have the opportunity to discover some of the museum's hidden treasures with museum educators, artists and curators. You will also develop your knowledge, skills and confidence teaching from paintings, objects and museum collections to help you to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all your children.

If you a primary schools teacher and are interested in taking part in our primary teacher panel, please sign up here and we will be in touch with details of the next meeting. If you are secondary teacher please email Sarah Blake at sb619@cam.ac.uk (working days Weds- Friday) to find out more about how you can get involved. 

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