Farming and Countryside Education
FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) is an initiative aimed at consolidation by amalgamation of two previous successful education initiatives by the NFU and by the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
How does it work?
Bill Graham heads the Education Team supported by eight Regional Education Co-ordinators (RECs) who work one to two days per week.
Tudur Aled Davies in the REC covers the whole of Wales. There is also a Management Board and two faces will be familiar to us in Wales - Hugh Richards, president NFU Cymru, and Wyn Jones, the Principal at Harper Adams College in Shropshire.
How is it funded?
Funding is in equal amounts of pounds 60,000 per year each from the NFU and RASE for the next five years.
FACE however, is currently investigating additional funding in the form of sponsorship from organisations and through education trust funds.
What are the main objectives?
One of the aims is to enhance the school curriculum through a personal one-stop enquiry service. There is also a directory of resources which has up to date, accurate and balanced information, that is also online.
Visits to farms and horticulture units are another aspect of the work of FACE. …