Teachers in the Loop

I just received the following message in my email:

www.teachersintheloop.com is a website set up by teachers for teachers. We aim to bring together schools and businesses / organisations that provide high quality excursion/incursions and other educational services. www.teachersintheloop.com is free for teachers and we hope to make it as easy, fast and as direct as possible for teachers to gain access to what they need.

It looks like it would be a really valuable resource for teachers in NSW. I’ve included a sample of some of the great links for English and The Arts after the break.

Art Gallery of NSW
The art Gallery provides a wide range of programs for schools including FREE adventure tours which introduce students to the Galleries permanent collection through looking, storytelling, role play and practical activities. For hearing and visually impaired students, intellectually impaired and Gifted and Talented students there are a range of appropriate programs. The gallery also provides special discovery tours and workshops for their temporary exhibitions. An Education Progammes handbook can be downloaded with all info.

Visit our website at: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/ed

  • Downloadable teaching resources

  • Excursions/tours

  • Visits to schools

  • Education officer

  • Workshops

  • Materials with outcomes from NSW Syllabus

  • Freebies for teachers/students

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
ABC is the national public broadcaster committed to excellence in television and radio programs for schools. Supplies transcripts of programs. Also supplies videos, tapes and cd’s through ABC shops and podcasts available through ABC Online.

Visit our website at: http://www.abc.net.au/subjects.htm#education

  • Television and radio programs designed for schools

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum provides schools with thirty different curriculum based guided tours and workshops from Stage 1 – 6 including ‘transport’, ‘pirate school’, submarine adventure’ ‘Life aboard a Tall ship’, Archaeology’, and ‘Creative Conservation’. Harbour cruises, visits to HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow are also offered. Resource materials and trained education officers provide information as well as teacher notes that are sent to you prior to the excursion. The education unit aims to support your teaching across a wide range of areas.

Visit our website at: http://www.anmm.gov.au/

  • Downloadable teaching resources
  • Excursions/tours
  • Education officer
  • Workshops
  • Materials with outcomes from NSW Syllabus
  • Discounted products and services for schools

Company B Belvoir Street Theatre

Company B Belvoir St Theatre offers a range of services for schools. B Belvoir includes behind the scenes tours, workshops for teachers and students, work experience opportunities, resources for students and professional development for teachers in the areas of lighting, playwriting in the classroom and costume design.

Priority Funded Schools Program

Through the support of our Education Partner, Freehills, we are able to offer students from priority funded schools the opportunity to attend our school matinee performances for free.

Visit our website at: http://www.belvoir.com.au/911_education_abouttheprogr.php

  • Downloadable teaching resources
  • Excursions/tours
  • Education Officer
  • Workshops
  • Freebies for teachers/students
  • Discounted products and services for schools

Botany Bay National Park

Straddling the two headlands at the entrance to Botany Bay, this national park features a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage. The park is the site of first contact between the crew of James Cook’s Endeavour and the Aboriginal people of Australia in 1770. It’s also the place where France’s famous explorer Jean François de Galaup, Comte de Lapérouse, arrived within a week of the British First Fleet in 1788. Features Discovery centre exhibition and La Perouse Museum.

Visit our website at: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Educational+resources

  • Excursions / guided tours
  • Fact sheets
  • Downloadable information

Ensemble Theatre
Situated in Kirrabilli, 10 mins from Sydney’s CBD, “The Ensemble Theatre aims to produce live theatre of the highest quality that entertains, educates, enlightens and challenges. The Ensemble believes that theatre can, and should be, a civilizing influence in society.”

Visit our website at: www.ensemble.com.au/box_education.asp

  • Excursions
  • Workshops
  • Discounted tickets for groups of students
  • Freebies for teachers accompanying students
  • Post show discussion with cast if required

Historic Houses Trust

The Historic Houses Trust offers a diverse range of stimulating and enjoyable education programs and products, including site visits to 11 of the State’s most valued historic places. Designed to meet a wide range of audience needs, programs aim to encourage inquiry, inspire dialogue and promote an appreciation of historical, cultural and contemporary themes and issues. Other services provide support for teachers in their professional development and classroom delivery.

Visit our website at: http://www.hht.net.au/education

  • Interactive resources
  • Downloadable teaching resources
  • Excursions/tours
  • Education officer
  • Materials with outcomes from NSW Syllabus

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC)

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has developed a structured online human rights education program for teachers of upper primary and secondary school students. HREOC’s human rights education program has detailed links to the currcula and includes strategies for teaching about international instruments and domestic laws, but most importantly, encourages students to explore the relevance of human rights to their own experiences and communities.HREOC’s Human Rights Education Program includes seven human rights education modules, curriculum links documents, flexible resource sheets, a collection of human rights education web links, a human rights education mailing list and a variety of free resources to order.

Visit our website at: www.humanrights.gov.au/info_for_teachers/index.html

  • Education liaison
  • Downloadable resources
  • Materials based on individual state/territory syllabus requirements
  • Links to other sites
  • Complementary DVD/Audio
  • Detailed modules for the classroom

Lore of the Land
Lore of the Land is designed to encourage us to live inharmony with each other and with the land we each call home. Through deepening our knowledge of who we are and where we are together, we can create a new story.

Visit our website at: www.loreoftheland.com.au

  • Online teaching resources
  • Personal Experiences
  • Focus on Local Area / Aust Identity and Family History

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
NIDA Open Program nurtures the creativity of young Australians and provides professional development for Australian teachers through drama.
Schools@NIDA 2006 encourages students and teachers to visit NIDA for tours, workshops, seminars, short courses and performances. NIDA tutors can visit schools as artist-in-residence, teacher, performer or guest speaker.

Visit our website at: http://www.nida.unsw.edu.au/short_courses/open/school/default.html

  • Excursions / tours
  • Visits to schools
  • Education Officer
  • Workshops
  • Materials with outcomes from NSW Syllabus
  • Discounted products and services for schools

Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres at Parramatta, located in the heart of Sydney, has an annual education program designed especially for primary and secondary school students. Produced in consultation with teachers the program includes productions, workshops, forums and competitions in theatre, music and comedy.

Visit our website at: www.riversideparramatta.com.au

  • Productions
  • Workshops
  • Excursions/ tours
  • Preshow talks at Subscription season shows
  • Materials with outcomes from NSW Syllabus
  • Free tickets for teachers accompanying students
  • Discounted shows for disadvantaged schools

Sydney Children’s Museum
The Sydney Children’s Museum was founded in May 1986 as a private, not-for-profit organisation and is a registered charity. It was the first and remains the only independent children’s museum in Australia. The Sydney Children’s Museum houses seven Discovery Areas, all of which can be linked to any K-6 syllabus. See site for list.

Visit our website at: http://www.sydneykids.org/forteachers.htm

  • Excursions
  • Downloadable resources for teachers

Sydney Foreshore Authority (Sydney Learning Adventures)
Sydney Learning Adventures focus on The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Pyrmont providing memorable learning activities among breathtaking Sydney sites. The Sydney Learning Adventures Team comes from an eclectic background in education, archaeology and theatre. Students will be engaged by this highly skilled and energetic team that uses the unique precincts, historical resources, media presentation and theatre techniques to create a contemporary, interactive and exciting learning forum.

Visit our website at: http://www.sydneylearningadventures.com.au/2004/index.cfm

  • Visits
  • Worksheets linked to curriculum

Sydney Morning Herald

Quality newspapers such as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald are essential resources in the classroom. They engage young people in learning through their diversity and accessibility, and are relevant across the curriculum. Students need to read newspapers develop their awareness of local, national and international issues, and to actively participate in their own society and the global community. Herald Education offers primary and high schools special subscription rates for Herald publications and provides teachers and students with print and online resources to assist in developing critical media literacy. Our website supports teachers and students using The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald across all subject areas.

Visit our web site at www.heraldeducation.smh.com.au, email heraldclassroom@fairfax.com.au or contact the Herald Education team directly on 1800 628 011.

  • Workshops
  • Teaching materials based on NSW syllabus
  • Resource materials
  • Interactive online learning
  • Professional Development
  • Education unit
  • Special offers for teachers & students

Sydney Theatre Company

STC’s annual education program includes a season of productions specifically created for young audiences as well as workshops for senior drama students, behind the scenes tours, playwriting competitions and a wealth of on-line resources. STC also provides access to all mainstage subscription seasons through its Schools Days program.

Access Programmes – Through the support of our partners STC is able to offer subsidised tickets and transport to priority funded schools.

Visit our website at: http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/

  • Excursions/ tours
  • Visits to schools
  • Education Officer
  • Workshops
  • Materials with outcomes from NSW Syllabus
  • Freebies for teachers / students
  • Discounted products and services for schools

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is the premier performance venue in Sydney. House:Ed, the Sydney Opera House Youth and Education program, offers a range of innovative and contemporary productions linked across the curriculum. The program also includes workshops for students and professional development workshops for teachers.

Each production in the House:Ed program is linked to the NSW syllabus, has extensive Teachers’ Notes and includes post performance Q&A sessions with the artists.

Visit our website for more information on the 2007 House:Ed program at:


  • Productions
  • Workshops
  • Guided tours
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Teachers’ notes
  • Arts Assist – additional support for priority funded schools

One thought on “Teachers in the Loop

  1. Hi Angela,
    So pleased you like our site http://www.teachersintheloop.com. Due to the sites overwhelming popularity with teachers in NSW we are redesigning the site and making the site even more useful for teachers. I hope you take a moment to check it out and pass on the link. We’ve got loads of great giveaways for teachers to win plus quality services and offers from the education sector. All this plus more on http://www.teachersintheloop.com in February 2008.
    Cheers, and thanks for your support,

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