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To enable the delivery of excellence in educational programmes, museums will have:

full commitment at every level of the organisation to the concept of the museum as a learning organisation;

all of their programmes and services focused to this end;

a clear understanding of what their learning ‘offer’ is, especially its links with the education curriculum;

evaluated the effectiveness of their educational work;

invested in the skills and capacity of their staff and volunteers;

developed collaborative partnerships and engagement with other educators;

a deep knowledge of their collections;

an ethos of striving to make their learning services as accessible as possible; and

an understanding of the needs and aspirations of visitors and users.

6.4The aims therefore must be to strengthen the reputation and capacity of our museums as excellent centres of learning, build upon their significant achievements to date, and to consolidate the relationship between museums and the education sector. In addition, this culture of learning should embrace those who work in museums, as well as their visitors, to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills essential to delivering high quality services to the public.

6.5The goals Education and Learning (EL) are:

EL1.To improve the standard of education services  in Northern Ireland’s museums and ensure that every child in Northern Ireland has the opportunity to visit a museum as part of curriculum-based activity.

EL2.To ensure that high quality museum learning services are consistently available across Northern Ireland.

EL3.To support learning through museums at every stage of life.

EL4.To enhance museums’ engagement with the formal education sector.

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