Society teaches the teachers

Dave Tite.

Dave Tite.

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The Driffield Agricultural Society have been turning the tables on local teachers and offering to teach them.

The Society have recently been running a series of teacher training days specifically aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and after school co-ordinators aimed at providing delegates with an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to deliver the Food and Farming elements that are currently contained in the national curriculum.

This is a new venture for the Society who have been using the expertise of local men Mike Kinnes, who is an advisor in Horticulture and Agriculture, and John Hickling, who is a former RHS Schools Gardening Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Horticulture and now a freelance Schools and Communities advisor, to deliver the courses.

The courses cover both gardening and farming with the common link of food production and includes innovative and exciting approaches to related project work together with practical solutions and projects to assist with the delivery of the curriculum and to bring a fun element into the subject. Gardening Clubs have become popular in schools and with this in mind course delegates will also be provided with resources to support food growing in schools. Courses have already been held by the Society at Neasden School in Hull and at the Driffield Showground and a third course will be held at Croxby School in Cottingham on Friday, 27 June.

David Tite, Society Chief Executive, said: “The Society saw that there was an opportunity for us to be able to offer assistance to the fantastic teaching staff that we have in our area, by providing them with the tools to help them ensure that future generations understand that milk is not made in the supermarket and potatoes do not grow on trees.”

Contact Driffield Agricultural Society on 01377 257494.

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