NFU gets teachers’ support for new education initiative

Hundreds of teachers are already showing their support for the NFU’s latest education initiative, Farming STEMterprise, which takes primary school children through the process of setting up their own farm shop business.

The initiative follows the huge success of the NFU’s Farmvention competition which saw over a thousand schools take part, designing and creating their own farming products using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Farming STEMterprise builds on this work by taking children through each stage of a farm business start-up, from growing their own ingredients and using market research to test ideas, to calculating expected profit and designing responsible packaging.

So far over 200 teachers from around the country have been trained by the NFU education team to deliver the work in primary schools.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “STEM is a crucially important part of a child’s development and sparking interest in these subjects from an early age can lead to exciting opportunities as they grow up.

“We have always known that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are deeply embedded in the farming industry. The NFU’s education work has proved that teaching these subjects through an agricultural lens can provide a new and exciting learning environment, all while helping children reconnect with food, farming and the countryside.

“It’s been great to see so many teachers getting excited about delivering Farming STEMterprise in their own classrooms and we can’t wait to hear the response from their pupils.”

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.