Welcome to our news and highlights section. Here you will find all the latest news stories and announcements about the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme including details of our latest activities, tours and CPD events, as well as other useful information about what is going on across the UK and beyond during the First World War Centenary.  

Please keep coming back to this section of the website to stay in touch with what is going on.

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Poll confirms school trips bring classroom learning to life...

Battlefield Visits


Recently, the programme undertook a polling survey to find out about the public perception surrounding young people's understanding of the First World War, and the value of school trips. The following release explains more...


Active Remembrance - Teaching History Article

Ideas For The Classroom Landin


In March 2017, Teaching History published an article which looks at how one teacher, Claire McKay, from Henry Cort Community College in Hampshire used her battlefield tour experience to develop a whole-school programme called 'Active Remembrance'.


British Ambassador joins spring tour...

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Over the past few weekends, we have made a very successful start to our 2017 spring tour season, with representatives from schools from across the country visiting the battlefields. One group was also joined for a day by Alison Rose, the British Ambassador to Belgium.


Legacy110 Awards Event 2016

Legacy110 2016


On Thursday 8th December, the Department for Communities and Local Government hosted an event at the House of Lords to give awards to some of the excellent Legacy110 projects which are now being delivered by schools up and down the country. To a packed audience of partners, supporters and friends, including Rachael Maskell MP, six schools presented their Legacy110 projects.


New resource - Medicine on the Western Front



Brand new resource launched in September 2016 on Medicine on the Western Front in the First World War.


Students remember Somme100 at Westminster Abbey

Somme Vigil


One hundred years after the start of the Battle of the Somme, students will be amongest those who will keep vigil at Westminster Abbey to remember those who fought in the Somme Offensive. As they keep watch, we will hear their story, listen to their voices and the voices of their families; the voices of those who worked behind the lines and in the war effort at home; and to German voices.


Battlefield Tours feature on BBC Newsround

Newsround 2016


In May 2016, we ran a special battlefield tour which was accompanied by reporter Martin Dougan and a film crew from BBC Newsround. During that tour, Martin and the crew worked with the students to record their experiences, thoughts and feelings as they visited the former Somme battlefields and other sites on the Western Front. These recordings will feature in a series of special daily broadcasts on Newsround in the week leading up to 1st July 2016.


Guidance for teaching WW1 in new GCSE specs



How can the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme enhance your teaching of the new GCSE history specifications?


Commemorating the Battle of Jutland May 2016

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May 2016 will see the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. Many events will be taking place to commemorate the battle and a variety of resources and material are available online to teachers.


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