Children are the consumers of tomorrow. They are key to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the UK food and farming industry. Through our education work, AHDB is committed to increasing children’s understanding of where and how their food is grown, reared and produced.

Our work in schools

Food – a fact of life

AHDB partners with the British Nutrition Foundation to support food education in the UK and deliver the Food – a fact of life (FFL) programme.

The aim of the programme is to ensure that young people are better informed about where food comes from, as well as the skills and knowledge for cooking and healthy eating. It is designed for teachers of 3 to 16-year-olds and provides curriculum-relevant resources and teacher training.

Since 2018:

  • Over 1.1 million users visited the FFL website
  • Over three million downloads of FFL resources and recipes
  • Over 2,800 attendees to our FFL teacher training events, including conferences, webinars and workshops
  • 85% of their pupils were better informed about where their food comes from
  • 88% of their pupils were now better informed about healthy eating
  • 69% of their pupils were better informed about how to cook

The main findings from those that attended the training events and completed the follow up evaluation surveys were:

  • 84% had updated their teaching practice
  • 97% were better informed about food skills
  • 100% were more confident to teach food skills 

Podcast: Partnership is key to an education in food and farming

Countryside Classroom

The Countryside Classroom provides teachers with an online platform to find resources, places to visit and school support relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment.

It is a partnership of organisations that are committed to working together to represent these themes in and out of the classroom.

Printed education resources

You can order printed copies of our ‘Farming Food for You’ posters. This is a set of five posters that showcases life on the farm, how animals are reared and cared for, and how crops are grown and harvested. They cover dairy, beef, sheep, cereals and pigs.

Additional resources available include stickers, leaflets and a poster that presents key statistics and an overview of UK farming.

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Our work with the industry

LEAF Education

LEAF Education works with farmers and educators to bring farming into a learning context and embed an appreciation of farming into everyday life. This includes FarmerTime, initiative to bring farming alive and directly into the classroom, and CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) which is a nationally recognised training programme to provide education visits on farm.

Open Farm Sunday 12 June 2022

LEAF Open Farm Sunday is managed by LEAF and since the first event back in in June 2006, over 1600 farmers across the UK have opened theirgates and welcomed over 2.5 million people on farms to find out more about how their food is produced. 

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BNF Healthy Eating Week 13-17 June 2022

BNF Healthy Eating Week is managed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and is supported by industry organisations. It aims to bring the UK together, workplaces, universities, schools and nurseries, focusing on key health messages and promoting healthy habits.

NFU Education

NFU Education provides high quality primary STEM teaching resources and projects that are closely linked to the National Curriculum. These include Farmvention competition, Farming STEMterprise, and farmers available to speak at schools.