For several years FACE has successfully delivered initial teacher training at the Cheshire Show. This fulfils the Show Society's aims to increase the educational benefits of the show and enhances the students' training by introducing them to ways of incorporating food and farming into their classroom teaching.
Over the past four years FACE has worked with the Royal Cheshire Show to invite trainee teachers from Edge Hill University to experience a snapshot of rural life.
At the same time, the trainees have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate food and farming topics into their classroom teaching and how to organise a safe and educational farm visit. The course is accredited by the Open College Network and gives students another string to their bow when applying for teaching posts: 26% of participants surveyed after 2-3 years told us that having knowledge of teaching in food, farming and the countryside helped them stand out when applying for a teaching post.
Our impact studies have shown the value trainees have placed on the experience with 91% saying that after 2-3 years they have incorporated food and farming topics into their teaching.
The potential impact of teacher training is huge. Each primary school teacher works with a class of approximately 30 children each year, so a group of 50 engaged teachers could incorporate food, farming and the countryside into the education of 1500 children each year.