CEVAS expands to meet demand from farmers
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:19

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Farms which open their gates to the public, either for school visits or visits by children and adults with additional needs, can now benefit from the newly redesigned CEVAS training.

The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme has already helped thousands of farmers to host educational visits that are engaging, educational and in line with best practice in health and safety. Now, in response to considerable demand from the growing community of care farmers, CEVAS courses are expanding to include a second study route that will cover the fundamental principles of working with visitors who have additional needs.

The educational benefits of visits to farms and the countryside are well documented and, with the revised National Curriculum in place since September 2014, there are more opportunities than ever for teachers to deliver lessons within the context of food and farming. An increasing number of farmers are also exploring the therapeutic value of farm activities such as tending vegetables and caring for livestock, which can be hugely beneficial for people with a range of needs, from autism to addiction.

The reconfigured CEVAS design allows learners to follow whichever route is most suitable for their current or planned activities, whether they be educational or therapeutic in nature. There is also an option to attend the Foundation unit, which is common to both routes, as a standalone course at a reduced rate. Course dates for January and February are online now – please book early to avoid disappointment.

Course details

  • Cost: £150+VAT (£65+VAT for Foundation course)
  • Duration: 2 days plus some independent study/preparatory work
  • For more information, course dates and booking forms, visit www.cevas.org.uk