CPD and The MERL Teachers’ Panel

The MERL Teachers’ Panel is a chance for teachers to share their views and shape our learning programmes.

It is a forum for primary, secondary, SEN teachers and trainee teachers. With exclusive opportunities to engage with our object, archive and library collections, as a member of our panel you will help steer and shape The MERL learning programmes and get involved in collaborative projects. Meetings take place every 2 months on the last Thursday of the month from 4 pm.

The 2020/21 panel meetings will take place online on the following dates:

For more information on how to join any of our forums, please contact the Learning and Engagement Manager, Phillippa Heath on p.heath2@reading.ac.uk


With our partners Reading Museum we will be running a series of twilight insets exploring diversity in museum learning and collections.

Tuesday 12th January 2021 4pm-5pm

An update on virtual learning from the team and a chance to see some of the content from our new virtual learning sessions. Contact us here to book.

Tuesday 9th February 2021 4pm-5pm

Focused on the new Windrush session this event will highlight the background to the session and look at the new elements that will be introduced in the summer term. We will also include a brief update on our recent Diwali project. Book this event here.

Wednesday 24th February 2021 4pm-5pm

At this event we will be joined by professor of Roman Archaeology  Hella Eckardt who will tell us more about diversity in Roman Britain. Hella has spoken to us before on the topic and it is really fascinating, and there are lots of resources you can use in the classroom relating to her research. Book here for this event.

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 4pm-5pm

Phillippa Heath from The Museum of English Rural Life, Charlotte Allchin Forest School Leader and staff at Addington School will guide us through their Everybody Outdoors project. The session will showcase their approaches to outdoor learning developed with SEND teachers and students with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Book here for this event.

Wednesday 3rd March 2021 4pm-5pm

Another chance to hear from Phillippa Heath from the Museum of English Rural life. The MERL with their partners will showcase recent projects revealing the LGBTQ+ histories, perspectives and narratives in their collections. Book here for this event.

For more information about this Inset series please visit the Reading Museum website Teacher Training and Inset | Reading Museum

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