The City of London School Visits Fund launched on 4 November 2014 and is on track to meet its target of benefitting 100 schools in its first year. It is managed by the Museum of London and offers schools in disadvantaged areas of London up to £300 to help them visit 20 City-supported cultural venues.
As of 14 October, 92 schools across London had successfully applied to the fund and by November we expect it to have benefitted 5,000 pupils. The fund is proving highly successful in reaching schools that would otherwise struggle to make visits – 49% of pupils benefitting are in receipt of Pupil Premium (ie eligible for free school meals) compared to a national average of 26%.
The Fund has received very positive feedback from teachers so far. Some of the feedback received includes:
‘It meant that we could take the children on a trip that they would have been unable to afford due to the pupils’ families’ socioeconomic situation and the school’s funding.’ (St. Thomas More School – visited the Barbican).
‘This was invaluable. The school could not afford to send the children on a trip like this. It meant that this very deep learning experience was accessible to the children.’ (Oliver Goldsmith Primary School – visited Tower Bridge).
‘Combining the City of London fund with money raised by our PTFA meant that every child was able to go on the trip for free. Money is often a huge barrier when organising trips so it was brilliant that everyone could go for free. Thank you.’ (Lavender Primary School – visited Museum of London).