Bayer Crop Science has started a £10,000 fund with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) to help increase training opportunities for teachers wanting to work with farmers within the education system. FACE says that this could lead to over 12,000 more children having some food or farming content within their lesson plans, and an extra 1750 children taking a farm visit during their education.
Michael Muncey, Head of Bayer Crop Science in the UK, highlighted the opportunities for teachers would have long-lasting benefits in making sure farming is part of a child’s education, saying
“With the pace of technological change across farming there will be great opportunities for the brightest minds in all sorts of disciplines.”
The fund will initially help train more than 150 teachers on farms across the country. Typically the courses are run on a farm, and give teachers ideas about how they can teach all subjects in the curriculum through farming, as well as introducing the idea of farm visits, and giving some helpful information about running such visits.