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The Battlefields programme is an award winning initiative delivered by UCL Institute of Education

The programme was designed to provide the opportunity for a minimum of two students and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit battlefields on the Western Front between 2014 and 2020. The battlefield tours are a key part of the Government's plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The UCL Institute of Education offered a unique and powerful education experience through this programme which:

  • used leading edge teaching and learning approaches to enable students to conduct historical enquiries and develop a deeper understanding of the significance of the First World War
  • enabled students to develop a personal connection to the First World War through interacting with the battlefield sites, participating in remembrance ceremonies, recording, reflecting and sharing their own experiences
  • created an enduring legacy by developing and disseminating outstanding practice, empowering teachers to deliver more effective lessons and future battlefield tours, supporting schools in establishing commemorative projects
  • brought different organisations together, extend local, regional, national and global networks and reached into communities

Between 2014 and 2020 the programme gained the following awards and recognitions.


2020 – Programme director, Simon Bendry was awarded the Nathaniel Wade Award by the Guild of Battlefield Guides in recognition of his ‘significant contribution to the craft of battlefield guiding and the wider Military History community'

2019 - Empowering Young People 2 Change the World Partner Award

2016 - Remember WW1 National Award for the Legacy110 community project initiative

2015 - Education Partnership of the Year at the Education Investor Awards

2014 - Best Educational Product at the British Youth Travel Awards

2014 - Nathaniel Wade Award from the Guild of Battlefields Guides to recognise 'the contribution of an individual, group or organisation associated with the GBG, who through their efforts has made a significant contribution to the craft of battlefield guiding and the wider Military History community'


2016 - Finalist for 'Secondary Resource, non ICT and Free education resource' – Education Resource Awards

2015 - Shortlisted for UCL Cultural Project of the Year as part of the UCL Communication and Culture Awards

2015 - Battlefield Tour maps - awarded a 'Highly Commended' at The British Cartography Society Award (developed in partnership with Battlefield Designs)

The £5.3million programme is fully funded by the Department for Education and the Department for Communities and Local Government, as part of the national commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.