The RAU is pleased to be hosting the first School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) Conference on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.
RAU to host aspirational School Farms Network Education Alliance conference
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester is pleased to be hosting the first School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) Conference on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July 2017.
The SFNEA is a partnership between the Royal Agricultural University, Applied Inspiration, and the School Farms Network, with the support of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. The RAU recognises the link between school activities and student progression to higher education and career outcomes, and is dedicated to widening participation.
We are delighted to welcome you to the inaugural SFNEA Conference.
The SFNEA Conference
The Conference will bring together staff, students, and policy makers from schools across the UK, and provide a forum for knowledge exchange between those who are passionate about school-based farming and ensuring pathways to university.
It will explore the role of farms in schools, and the value of land-based education, including the areas of agriculture, business, technology, food security, and the environment.
Keynote speeches will be delivered by; Adam Henson, Director of Cotswold Farm Park and TV presenter, Dan Corlett, CEO of Farming and Countryside Education, Leigh Morris, CEO of the National Land-Based College, and Peter Fearon, Coordinator of Land-Based Science, Bebington High Sports College. There will also be a series of breakout sessions for delegates to choose from, including; celebrating the success of the SFN, farm education and the bigger picture, school farms as sites for learning, student success and progression, technology and enterprise, careers in farming, practical sessions for teachers, and contemplating the next steps – and more!
The conference on Friday 30 June will be followed by the inaugural SFNEA Gala Awards Dinner, celebrating the very best of school farms. Awards will be presented to winners and runners-up by Adam Henson, Director of Cotswold Farm Park, in the following categories:
- School Farm Enterprise and Innovation Award 2017
- School Farm Community Engagement Award 2017
- Best Use of School Farm in the Curriculum Award 2017
- School Farm Leadership Award 2017
- School Farm Student Leadership Award 2017
- Best School Farm Secondary School Award 2017
- Best School Farm Primary School Award 2017
- Best School Farm Award 2017
The full event programme is available to view online: bit.ly/SFN17schedule.
Get involved in the discussion using #SFNCon17 on twitter.
MEDIA INVITE: if you would like to attend the SFNEA Conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm which day(s).
Farm491 workshop launch
On Friday 30 June, the RAU’s agritech project ‘Farm491’ will officially open five new workshops at Harnhill Manor Farm. These workshops will provide developing agritech organisations with vital space to research, test, and refine their ideas for the benefit of the wider agricultural and food production industries. The launch will include a celebrity appearance from rare breeds farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson. Conference delegates will be invited to explore this new facility.
For more information please contact Shelly Hampshire at the RAU on 01285 652531.
School Farms Network Education Alliance
The School Farms Network Education Alliance supports the School Farms Network to encourage, drive, and support land-based education practices and pursuits in schools and communities, with visible pathways through to higher education and career outcomes. The SFNEA aims to:
- Improve awareness of, access to and participation in land-based education particularly for non-traditional or disadvantaged students, with pathways from primary and secondary school and on to higher education.
- Deliver a range of school/community activity, resources and capacity development for the purposes of increasing access and participation in land-based higher education.
- Advocate for, encourage and promote land-based education and provide support and development for schools and communities.