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M&S launches archive of free educational resources to help with school learning

Tom Shearsmith
29 January 2021

Marks & Spencer has launched a series of free online learning resources, covering topics including food, fashion and business studies, for parents, carers and teachers of primary and secondary school children as schools across the UK remain closed.

The M&S Company Archive is based in Leeds and is home to over 71,000 items, dating from 1884 to the present day. For almost 10 years, the archive has been running educational programmes for schools at its exhibition.

In response to the pandemic the archive accelerated its plans to launch a full free digital offering to extend its learning to the homes of children in the UK.

The resources available include assignments on fabric and fashion, the science of materials and the importance of packaging to a product.

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An example of the content available on the platform can be seen below:

Caroline Bunce, Education & Outreach Officer at M&S Company Archive, said: "Over the last decade so many school children have enjoyed learning about the world of food, fashion and retail through the thousands of items held within our archive.

"As schools remain closed, we know families and teachers are looking for more ways to help kids learn at home, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with experts to create a new fully digital programme that brings our rich history of innovation and product design and development to life through fun educational videos, interactive packs and activity sheets."

Robert Fairbairn, Careers Lead at Oastlers School, Bradford has been using the business studies resources for GCSE pupils. He added: "The M&S resources are invaluable as they help learners link curriculum activities with real life experiences of an established UK brand that they can recognise and relate to."

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