Free training to help High Weald farmers host school visits

Farmers in the High Weald AONB can now access free training and support to host educational visits, thanks to funding from the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme.

The High Weald AONB Partnership is working with LEAF Education to offer 12 individuals a fully funded place on a training course for the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme, worth £360 per person. The participants will benefit from 1:1 support and will also receive payment for their first hosted visit.

On completing the CEVAS course, farmers will:

  • Have the tools, knowledge and practical guidance needed to host safe and impactful farm visits
  • Understand how food and farming can be incorporated into the school curriculum
  • Know how to communicate effectively with both teachers and pupils.
  • Have the confidence work to with a diverse audience, and to tailor their offering to the specific learning needs of each group.

To be eligible to join the course, you must be working on a farm that is in the High Weald AONB.

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About the course

CEVAS is the industry’s leading accredited training programme for those looking to work with school groups and the public on-farm and in outdoor settings. CEVAS counts towards BASIS, Dairy Pro and Pig Pro points. It is an Open College Network level 2 qualification that belongs to the delegate, not their place of work.

Courses are held in-person over two days and participants build a portfolio of evidence, such as the production of publicity material and visit risk assessments.

Interested? Get in touch

For more information about the course or to register your interest please contact Jo Hatton at LEAF Education:
07973 301962

Location and dates to be confirmed depending on participants.

This project is funded by the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which gives grants for projects that benefit climate, nature, people and place in England’s special and unique Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks.

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