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Dorset Teachers To Become Ambassadors?

SW Coast Path at Durdle Door, Dorset 2

12:03am 26th January 2014

Dorset teachers will become Jurassic Coast Ambassadors so children can learn more about the World Heritage Site on our doorstep.

The Dorset & East Devon Jurassic Coast Team have been given £75,000 by the Primary Science Teaching Trust to develop the new curriculum to be launched in September this year (2014).

The Big Jurassic Classroom (BJC) project will recruit teachers to take part in training days, learn alongside scientists and get new resources, like fossil digs and sets of rocks, for the classroom.

They will work with scientists from national institutions like the Natural History Museum, National Oceanography Centre and local organisations such as the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. They will research different themes like evolution and adaptation to create innovative classroom resources.
Dr Anjana Ford, Jurassic Coast learning and participation manager told Wessex FM, "We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Primary Science Teaching Trust. We can now actively recruit teachers to be inspired by working alongside scientists and create aspirational and challenging resources for children. There will be training sessions for teachers to learn about how the Jurassic Coast can be used to teach the new earth science content in the primary and secondary curriculum."

Helen Collings from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) told us more, "I have recently been appointed Science and Technology Coordinator for the primary phase of IPACA and am keen as part of my role to involve the school in as much learning around the local area as possible. This project is brilliant and just what I need to push things forward"

Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for environment at Dorset County Council was also very excited about the project, "This fantastic grant will enable children to learn about science in an exciting and hands-on way whilst using the wonderful resource of the Jurassic Coast, right on our doorstep".

For further information about the programme and teacher training days email a.k.ford@dorsetcc.gov.uk

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