The 6th annual rural dimension national conference
Monday, 07 February 2011 17:07

Annual Rural Dimension National ConferenceThe enterprising spirit of the rural dimension. 29 - 30 March 2011, Nottingham Trent University.

As a school/organisation that has recently been engaged in work associated with the Environmental & Land-based Studies Diploma, we believe that you/your colleagues will be interested in joining us at the 6th SSAT annual rural dimension national conference to be held March 29-30 at Brackenhurst College in Nottinghamshire.

Our rural dimension has been instrumental in raising achievement. Applied learning modelled through land based learning has raised awareness amongst staff of the possibilities and benefits of taking learning outside the classroom. School attendance and attainment has improved significantly as a result of educational opportunity and personalisation.” (The North School)

The rural dimension gives students an understanding of environmental issues and of the countryside. It is relevant to all schools and academies, including those in urban settings.

Our rural dimension provides opportunities for all students to increase their awareness and understanding of the countryside as a living, working environment through farming, rural skills and enterprise and understand the need for environmental stewardship – conservation and management – and develop a better understanding of sustainability”  (Teign School)

Come and join in the celebrations of over 6 years of development in specialist schools and academies and explore how enterprise can be nurtured through a rural dimension. Staff from all schools affiliated to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust are welcome, not just those involved in the rural dimension programme.
Brackenhurst College is part of Nottingham Trent University – set in 200 hectares of beautiful country estate it provides the perfect outdoor classroom. With its animal unit, environment centre, equestrian centre, farm, glasshouse complex and veterinary nursing centre it offers a unique range of learning contexts.        

You will have the chance to hear about, and learn from, some of the best enterprise projects in the country that have utilised the context of a rural dimension to stimulate young people’s learning. The focus will be on workshops and keynotes from successful practitioners – “for schools, by schools”.
You will come away from the conference with the skills, knowledge and understanding to develop:
• practical ideas on all aspects of enterprise through a rural dimension;
• the use of the outdoor classroom across the curriculum.

The conference will also be of value to representatives from key local, regional and national stakeholders interested in supporting the further development of the rural dimension.

Keynote speakers include: Bill Graham, Head of Education, Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), and Jenny Clark, Careers & Progression Adviser, Bicton College.

The rural dimension has opened up a huge network of like-minded people, who are dedicated to showing all learners farming, the environment and sustainability. From an annual two day conference, to regional workshops to simply giving out contact information, the rural dimension has opened up a valuable network, offering information and advice on all aspects of the curriculum/courses, sustainability, CPD opportunities, case studies and much more” (Reddish Vale Technology College)

How to book:

Cost: £499 including accommodation and all meals (including £1 environmental levy).

Book your place online now

Further information:
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