Over 2,200 farmers have now passed through the scheme and are qualified. They are entitled to display the trained personnel logo that more and more schools are recognising as the sign of a high quality visit and farm experience.
Is CEVAS for me?
The best way to find out is if you answer Yes to any of the following three questions:
- Are you a farmer who encourages educational visits to your farm?
- Are you thinking of making your farm available to schools in the future?
- Would you enjoy giving talks to school children about farming and the countryside?
Read one farmer's story on choosing to become accredited.
Download the current CEVAS Flyer
The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS)
Through the Open College Network, the ATF scheme accredits farm staff who are working with school groups, play or other groups of young visitors.
What does CEVAS training involve?
Access To Farms (ATF) is offering training to farmers who host visits from school parties. On completion this will result in a qualification from the Open College Network (OCN), and ATF will provide the farmer with a logo and certificate of achievement to use for promotional purposes.
The course is spread over two days (sometimes a week apart), with the sessions based on three units. These are:
1. Preparing for farm visits
2. Food, farming and the countryside in the National Curriculum
3. Talking to pupils, students and teachers
In between the sessions, farmers are asked to gather evidence to support the things being learnt. It might include a leaflet you have made or a sample risk assessment. Some farmers will already have the evidence while others will be helped to produce them during the course.
What other help is available?
A folder of course materials containing examples of evidence, information sheets and CDs from which to produce templates etc will be provided to the farmers.
You can also access this information and more through the Growing Schools and FACE (Farming And Countryside Education) websites. Individual ATF partner organisations will also offer advice and support.
Booking your place
Course details are available below. Thanks to support from NFU Mutual all courses are charged at £125 + VAT (£150), inclusive of materials, refreshments and lunch.
Download and return the CEVAS Booking Form
Please also complete and return the CEVAS Training Needs Assessment Form.
Return all booking and training needs assessment forms to Ian Egginton-Metters, Access To Farms, c/o 32 Mendip Drive, Frome, Somerset BA11 2HT.
Please also contact Ian for general enquiries regarding CEVAS on 01373 302204 or email
PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to be notified when new courses are arranged please send an email with your full contact details to:
NB The closing date for bookings is two weeks before the course starts, but some courses fill quickly
||Askham Bryan College, York [course is now FULL]
||Otley College, Ipswich, Suffolk [course now FULL]
||Field Farm, Watlington, Oxfordshire [course now ful]
||Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton, Devon [course now FULL]
||Thrift Farm, Roystonm Hertfordshire
||National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
||Warleigh Lodge Farm, Bath
||Hadlow College, Tonbridge, Kent
Â All courses are delivered under the auspices of Access To Farms