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We are pleased to announce that VNET has begun to work towards a partnership with the Food and Farming Discovery Trust.

We have been so impressed by the range of activities they are offering to schools, all free of charge, to provide food and farming education across Norfolk.

The Food and Farming Discovery Trust was set up in 2017 to communicate and deliver food and farming education across Norfolk. The Trust is run by Tony Bellinger, who was a teacher and senior leader up to August 2017 with a passion for food and farming, including setting up a farm in the school grounds of his last school.

They believe that people of all ages should understand how food, farming and the countryside underpin our daily lives, including our health. They also value the need to help create a supply of exciting talent into the land-based industries. Food, farming and the countryside plays a vital role as a vehicle for learning in a range of subject areas.

To help them achieve their aims, Food & Farming Discovery Trust work closely with a group of experts they call the Advisory Group, which consists of, LEAF Education, Farmers, Easton and Otley College, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, UEA, Holkham Estate, Teacher Scientist Network, SAW Trust, Norfolk Young Farmers and Youth STEMM Award.

As well as supporting other organisations they also run their own events focused on food and farming education such as Loan a Lamb, Follow a Farmer, Science of Farming event, Food Farming and Countryside Challenge and Norfolk Schools Art Competition. More details of these events can be found on their website.

VNET thinks this is a way in which member schools could look at enhancing their curriculum provision and access some free activities for pupils. Therefore we have worked with Tony Bellinger, Education Manager, to offer a free breakfast briefing to VNET schools to come and find out more about the programmes.

This will be held on Tuesday 20th November 2018, 08.00am for 08.30am until 10.00am, at the Large Meeting Room, Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT.


This session will be a real chance to have your say in the future of schools visits to the Royal Norfolk Show and what schools would like their pupils/students to get from the visit, as well help us shape food and farming education in Norfolk.

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