LEAF Education Demonstration Schools

What is a LEAF Demonstration School?

This is a school which uses or is working towards using farming topics within its curriculum and meets the criteria outlined below over a three year period.

Why should your school take part?

Members of the LEAF Education Regional Team are seeking, in the first instance, only one school in their region as an example of excellence in using food, farming and the countryside as a core element of the school curriculum. You have been approached because your LEAF Regional Education Consultant (REC) feels you are a worthy recipient of this title.

Being a LEAF Demonstration School will not involve completion of lots of paperwork or the undertaking of extra tasks. We want to shine a light on good practice your school is already showing and to help you to build on that throughout a sustained period of activity.

You might not yet have achieved all of the criteria for each level, but your REC will work with you to help you to meet the requirements and is available to answer any questions you might have. There may be reference in the criteria that you do not yet fully understand (e.g. FaceTime a Farmer and Countryside Classroom) but your REC will explain these fully. We see this as an evolving engagement in the area of food and farming which is why the criteria are presented as a three year commitment.

There is much research evidence available to demonstrate the positive impact of children’s involvement with outdoor learning. Research papers can be signposted if required.

How will we promote your work?

Once you are accepted as a LEAF Demonstration School, we will work with you to promote your activities in a way that you consider most appropriate. This might include sharing information/photos/quotes relating to your events and activities. With your permission, we will publish highlights in our e-newsletters and annual reports, thereby demonstrating your school’s achievements. Publication by social media will be in line with your school’s policy which must be made available to us.

The criteria

Year 1 - Bronze:

To be awarded this level, the school has

  1. had training or a CPD session at the school with LEAF Education
  2. organised an event promoting food/farming/environment at the school e.g. a Harvest Festival / Science Week Events
  3. had a visit from a local farmer
  4. visited a farmer
  5. one member of staff taking part in the popular FaceTime a Farmer project

Year 2 - Silver:

To be awarded this level, the school has

  1. organised an in-school CPD session on farming/food/environment
  2. influenced another school (discussion to be had around what influence) – perhaps ran CPD for them to attend
  3. submitted resources to Countryside Classroom
  4. a. if a secondary school, applied for the LEAF/Llysfasi National Competition for their school b. if a primary school, developed a growing area which is maintained
  5. evidence of embedding of farming/food/environment into their wider school life.

Year 3 - Gold:

To be awarded this level, the school has

  1. organised CPD sessions for a whole year group / subject area to include other schools
  2. continued to submit resources to Countryside Classroom
  3. Influenced others to take part in FaceTime a Farmer
  4. maintained and developed a growing area at the school which forms part of the school curriculum
  5. evidence that farming/food/environment is seen as a priority in wider school life (includes catering staff and wider school staff).

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