Initial Teacher Training at Cheshire Show

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 Training Day is an excellent experience and one that I believe all ITT students should undertake. … It is hugely popular with our ITT students and they come away full of confidence … Seeing the animals, learning about crops, speaking to farmers, extends their knowledge, dispels misconceptions and excites their imagination for teaching about farming and the countryside…. From visiting students in school, I have seen the impact that this training has had upon classroom work e.g. role play areas that have been turned into farm shops and farms, produce has been made and sold at a school farmers market, animal welfare explored and work in literacy, maths, history, science and art covered in creative ways.
Cait Talbot-Landers, Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University

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.

We would like to thank FACE for their invaluable expertise in delivering a practical and classroom course for trainee teachers and give them accreditation to take pupils onto farms and county shows to demonstrate how our food is produced in the countryside. The comments and thanks we received were so gratifying as well as the potential educational benefits in the future for our consumers of tomorrow.
Stuart Yarwood, steward at the Royal Cheshire County Show