Around 120,000 school children are to benefit from a £1.6 million investment to continue the Heritage Schools programme.

Run by Historic England, the programme will run for a further two years after the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed the investment.

Since the programme began in 2012, around half a million children have taken part in a range of projects including creating local heritage films, community exhibitions and campaigns surrounding local buildings and monuments.

The programme supports teachers in learning about the heritage of the area they teach in, so they can embed it into the curriculum, and make local links with the national story of England.

School projects are specific to the local area and children have uncovered some fascinating stories, from discovering their school was used as a military hospital during the First World War, to finding out how local women battled for the vote 100 years ago.

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