Book now for new CEVAS courses in the autumn!
Thursday, 18 August 2016 09:21

ACCESS TO FARMS A1Book now for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme courses in the autumn!

Schools' Country Picnic Pack
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:02

Cover picSchools' Country Picnic Pack has lots of ideas to encourage you to celebrate the countryside by holding a school picnic.

Is your finger on the Pulse?
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Did you know that the United Nations have declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulse? Pulses can include beans, peas, lentils, etc and are a healthy, affordable and sustainable source of protein.

Easy Cooking
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:58

Easy Cookery coverAs a contribution to Healthy Eating Week (June 13-17 2016) FACE is making available its updated Easy Cooking e-booklet (formerly available through restricted access only).

Risk Management Tool launched for farm events
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 08:24

Managing Risk ToolkitIn time for Open Farm Sunday on 5 June the Access to Farms Partnership which includes FACE has released a practical Risk Management Tool to help farmers and other farm visitor attractions manage a successful event.

Free teachers' CPD in Somerset
Monday, 25 April 2016 08:21

2015 01 15 Egg freshnessThere are still a few places left on two of the dates offered for the FACE seminar: 'This term our theme is farming'.

Lunchbox Science Report now available
Friday, 04 March 2016 15:55

lunchboxscienceLunchbox Science is a set of eight new Science, Art and Writing (SAW) projects for primary schools which were launched in 2015.

Thank you to Waitrose Community Matters
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Waitrose Community Matters

A BIG thank you to Waitrose online shoppers for supporting FACE over the past three months. You raised in excess of £4,000 for us through the Waitrose Community Matters scheme.

How can you continue to support FACE?

Make a donation

Every pound donated will be invested in helping children learn about food and farming in a sustainable countryside

£50 will provide stimulating resources for children in one school to explore where their food comes from
£100 will introduce a class of children to the joy of growing their own food
£150 will train a farmer to communicate his/her passion for food and farming
£250 will evoke awe and wonder in 30 children on a farm visit
£500 will inspire a teacher to bring the countryside into the classroom

Donate now


FACE (Farming & Countryside Education) is the leading educational charity helping children to learn more about the importance of food and farming in today's complex world.

Today's children will have to face the challenge of feeding the world's population by 2050. We want to prepare them for that dauntingtask while, at the same time, helping them to develop healthy lifestyles of their own.

Focusing on areas of deprivation, we support visits to farms, we train teachers to give them confidence to teach about these vital topics and we work to improve the lives of children through thefood they eat.

Can we come again tomorrow?

This child's response to one of our farm visits is not unusual. So many children benefit from the chance to spend a day outdoors, learning where the milk they put on their cereal actually comes from or seeing the cereal itself growing in the fields. Of course, we also work with many children who come to school without breakfast. These children in particular appreciate our Chef on the Farm days where they learn with the help of a professional chef to make their own lunch and then sit down together as a class to sample the soup and the fruit salad. It tastes great when you have made it yourself and what a lifeskill learnt with such expert tuition!

It isn't just the children who learn during our sessions. "School staff had not seen real working farms and this link to the food we eat helps develop strong learning about cookery and healthy eating.

"The children were amazed at the whole experience and loved the relative freedom that being on the farm gave them compared to being in school. The visual impact of this trip is likely to be a real benefit for these children. It was a fantastic visit."

You can help us

  • to work with school communities
  • to help children and young adults understand the connection between farming and their daily lives

So that

  • All children leave school able to make inspired and informed decisions about their relationship to food and its production.
  • All teachers feel confident in teaching food and farming topics to the multitude of children who learn through them.

Children on the farm

Free CPD training
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 11:49

FACE200lowBetty's Farm in Willington, Derbyshire, will be hosting a free twilight training session for Primary & Secondary teachers and teaching assistants on Tuesday March 15th 4pm - 6.15 starting with fabulous cakes and tea!

FACE is Fifteen!
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:55

FACEIn 2016 FACE has reached its fifteenth birthday.

To celebrate our many successes over the time since our inception in 2001, we have created a timeline which we'd love to share with you.  It highlights some of the significant occasions we have witnessed and many of the activities we have carried out.

If you are a long-standing member of FACE, please indulge in some reminiscence therapy by taking a look.  If you are new to FACE, please view the timeline to find out about our past achievements. Together we plan to continue and improve on past experience to ensure children and their teachers are better engaged with food, farming and the countryside.

Happy Birthday FACE!

FREE Teacher CPD sessions in the North East
Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:09

FACE200lowFACE is offering a series of free CPD events for teachers in the North East.

Janet is recognised with an MBE in Queen's 90th birthday honours
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:39

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Janet Hickinbottom, National Education Officer at Farming and Countryside Education since its inception in 2002, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours for services to farming, countryside education and rural communities.

Outdoor Learning in Secondary Schools: seminar in Kent
Monday, 06 June 2016 08:46

FACE200lowThe effective integration of Outdoor Learning across the whole-school is an on-going challenge which many schools face, not least Secondary schools. Making the best use of suitable spaces for Outdoor Learning, researching and exploiting local opportunities, maximising the use of on-site facilities (from limited areas suitable for growing through to a school farm), and whole-school buy-in all form a part of this challenge.

New PE & Cultural Heritage Skills Share resource
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:16

PE-and-Cultural-Heritage-Skill-Sharing-coverFACE has worked with the Peak District Environmental Education Network on two previous Skills Sharing publications looking at Geography and Science. This new e-booklet has a focus on two areas: PE and Cultural Heritage.

Lambing time
Monday, 21 March 2016 09:33

lambsIt’s that time of the year when new born lambs are springing up in fields across the country. But what’s actually involved in this crucial part of the farming calendar? The NFU finds out what sheep farmers have to do to get it right.

Free Open Farm Sunday & Open Farm Schooldays training events
Friday, 04 March 2016 14:33

1009Farmers across Britain are invited to take part in Open Farm Sunday 5th June 2016, farming’s national open day, and Open Farm School Days throughout June.  LEAF is organising preparation events in England, Scotland and Wales to help farmers plan and prepare their events.

These event offers something for everyone:

Springtime activities
Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:18

Cover"Springtime activities" is a new booklet from FACE full of ideas to celebrate the arrival of a new season.

Food & Farming top of the class for Environment Secretary's visit
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:47

SAM 2818Defra Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss visited a school in her South West Norfolk constituency on Friday 29 January to find out how it is putting food and farming firmly on the curriculum.


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