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?
This week I wrote to the Schools Minister Nick Gibb, because the Department for Education has taken the decision to withdraw food technology from the Design and Technology A Level. It had been anticipated that a new A Level would be created to follow on from the brand new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition, … More Dead end qualifications?
I am tired of newspaper reports of surveys showing that children think that food comes from the supermarket, and that 6% of them think that sausages grow on trees. It’s an easy headline grab to promote yet another scheme that will supposedly help overcome this crisis of public understanding. But the problem is, there is … More Why some kids always choose ‘Option D’
Philosophy sessions ‘boost primary school results’ (BBC News, 10 July 2015) A study funded by the Education Endowment Fund has discovered that primary age pupils taking philosophy sessions perform better at maths and English. The obvious recommendation is that it should be rolled out to all pupils. Whether it is or not, remains to be seen. … More The Philosophy of Farming?
I have had the privilege to spend the last two Fridays mingling with renowned thinkers and practitioners in two very separate fields. It’s our job at FACE to link the two. Over a week ago, I was at the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College. It’s an opportunity once a year for teachers … More Being critical – in a good way
I often get asked how I ended up working for a food and farming charity. Here (at least in part) is the answer: I grew up in the countryside, surrounded by farms, the son of an accountant and a teacher. My father was the finance director for Harper Adams Agricultural College (now University) for many … More About me
I have a vision for a generation of young people, growing up food literate, and contributing to one of the (if not THE) biggest challenges on earth – feeding a growing population healthily and sustainably, against the backdrop of formidable trends that, as the former Government Chief Scientist described them, have the potential to create … More What is the food generation?