Farming – the missing link in schools between food and the environment

I spent a day last week at the Farm Business Innovation Show, where I was inundated with questions from farmers looking to open up their farm to schoolchildren, or somehow improve their offer to schools. Although the show was about farm diversification, the visitors to the stand were not under the misapprehension that education work … More Farming – the missing link in schools between food and the environment

Barriers

I have spent the last three days in London at a succession of meetings, and am now stuck here for the next few hours because of flooding on the line (which is as nothing compared to farmers from Cumbria I’ve met this week still dealing with aftermath of really serious flooding). The common theme?: Barriers. … More Barriers

Sharing much in Commons

Earlier this month, we hosted the first full meeting of Countryside Classroom partners at the House of Commons. We had three aims: ensure the partners were well acquainted with one another seed ideas for future collaborations between partners introduce a small group of parliamentarians to the work of the consortium A structured networking session encouraged partners to meet … More Sharing much in Commons

Outdoor Learning For All Pupils: The Key To Health And Attainment?

Last month we (FACE and Countryside Classroom) hosted a twitter #UKEdChat (see http://ukedchat.com/)  on this topic. Over the course of two hours, we asked the following 6 questions and below is a summary of the discussion, courtesy of my colleague Lauren Weller. How do you incorporate outdoor learning into your teaching? What barriers have you encountered and … More Outdoor Learning For All Pupils: The Key To Health And Attainment?

Remind me, why did we create a new web site?

As we launch Countryside Classroom (www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk) this week, it is worth reminding ourselves of why and how we came to this point. I get asked frequently why we created another web site, and it’s a good question, especially since ‘duplication’ is one of the criticisms that fuelled its very existence. The consortium behind Countryside Classroom … More Remind me, why did we create a new web site?