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Burton and South Derbyshire youngsters set to head out to war battlefields

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 05, 2014

By Rob Smyth

British Servicemen pay their repects to British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Great War after a Remembrance Service at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium to mark the 90th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 11, 2008. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

British Servicemen pay their repects to British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Great War after a Remembrance Service at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium to mark the 90th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 11, 2008. See PA story MEMORIAL Armistice. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

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PUPILS and staff from schools in Burton and South Derbyshire are to travel to the old Western Front to learn more about those who fought in the First World War.

Two children and one teacher from each of Granville Community School, in Woodville, Abbot Beyne School, in Winshill, and de Ferrers Academy, in Burton, will be guided around Northern France and Belgium on September 12.

They have been invited to take part in an education programme and battlefield tour run by the Institute of Education (IOE). It is designed to help teachers and pupils from every state-funded secondary school in England to develop a deeper understanding of the war and share their impressions.

Professor Stuart Foster, executive director of the programme at the IOE, said: "What sets this apart from other battlefield tours is that the IOE, the world's leading research university for education, has created a programme to complement the centenary battlefield tours.

"Through inquiry based learning we will encourage teachers and pupils to think critically about the causes and development of the conflict, how it was perceived at the time, and to examine different historical interpretations of the First World War.

"This programme will empower teachers to deliver more effective lessons and future battlefield tours and support schools in establishing commemorative projects."

The pupils will join a four-day tour to the old Western Front and visit museums, battlefields, memorials and cemeteries including Tyne Cot, near Ypres in Belgium, and the Thiepval Memorial at the Somme in France.

This will contrast with a visit to the German cemetery at Langemark, near Ypres.

Pupils will also take part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in the Belgian town.

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