AHDB Dairy Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Course at the Cheshire Show 2015

Published 21 July 15

Following on from the success of last year’s training, The Farming and Countryside Education organisation (FACE) was asked by AHDB Dairy to arrange and carry out an accredited Initial Teacher Training course with a focus on the dairy industry, as part of the Cheshire Show education activity. An integral part of the course was a visit to a working dairy farm to help the teachers get a full understanding of the complexities of farming, today. 

Diane SymesDi Symes, AHDB Dairy Consumer Marketing Manager, said: “This course is carefully designed to bring together cross industry working to deliver essential CPD accredited teacher training that’s valued by educationalists. We appreciate the support and input from the Cheshire Show Committee, FACE and not least the dairy farmers, involved.” 

The primary purpose of the course was to deliver a bespoke CPD accredited training course appropriate to the needs of teachers and ITT students. The focus was on how learning about the dairy industry can enhance the school curriculum. 

Other intended outcomes were the increased understanding of:

  • The work of dairy farmers do
  • The role of the respective supply chains.

The course was evaluated following the farm visit on Saturday 6 June and the session held during the Cheshire Show. All attendees found it a very useful event and what they found particularly useful was listed as:

  • Finding out about the different lives of cows and the amount of knowledge needed
  • The processes involved with milking
  • The cost and lifecycle of a cow
  • To understand the amount of work and the detail behind modern dairy farming

Katy Pallas, North West FACE Regional Education Coordinator, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from the attendees. The fact that we have been told, in future they will be very confident to teach and tackle farming issues in class and will encourage farm visits in schools and the benefits of doing can be seen are great examples of the progress this course delivers.”

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