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The National Archives wins education award

Our education service has been voted the Best Content Provider at the Schools Videoconference User Awards 2010. The awards, organised by the UK education and research network, were judged by a panel of schools-based videoconferencing experts from across the UK.

The judges reported that The National Archives 'showed an excellent variety of workshops covering all age groups and a true commitment to remote learning through the numbers of students who have been taught through your videoconferencing workshops'.

Andrew Payne, Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives, said: 'We are delighted to win this award which highlights The National Archives' commitment to delivering outstanding, innovative services. Particular credit goes to the Taught Sessions team who have developed and delivered such a diverse programme. Through its education work, The National Archives is giving millions of children a unique opportunity to interact with history, taking our collections to a new audience and helping to create the historians of tomorrow.'

Our education service taught over 6,500 students online through videoconferencing and virtual classrooms between April 2009 and March 2010. Giving pupils the opportunity to use primary source materials, the sessions cover a diverse range of topics from the English Civil War to the political struggle of the Suffragettes, and from medieval seals to slavery. Other resources offered by The National Archives' education service include workshops, lesson plans, podcasts and in-depth exhibitions.

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