This one-day course on global food security aims to deliver the latest knowledge, new contexts and practical activities to support secondary science teachers in delivering the ‘food security’ aspect of the curriculum in an accessible and stimulating way. 

It’s brought to you by Research Council UK, STEM Learning and Eden Project as part of Research Councils UK’s Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom teacher CPD programme. 

Who it’s for

This CPD course is for teachers of science, and is suitable for those teaching Key stage 3 and Key stage 4.

‘Food security’ is one of the more challenging aspects of the curriculum for teachers to deliver. The course is designed to support teachers’ development of specialist knowledge in this area and to facilitate links between teachers and contemporary research. Considerable development work has been done to ensure the material is directly relatable to exams specifications and outcomes for students.

What you’ll get out of it

  • A safe and accessible food security and microbiology class practical which replicates current research, and is linked to knowledge and understanding, stipulated practicals and apparatus and technique skills in the GCSE specifications.
  • A unique data set from Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome for you to use with your class. The dataset complements the class practical and lends itself to questions that are matched to the working scientifically and reflect the full range of assessment objectives. 
  • Tangible case studies which you can use to show your students how science (and careers in STEM) can develop solutions to real world problems.
  • The latest perspectives from scientists in this field, who you’ll have the opportunity to talk to.
  • The opportunity to share ideas with fellow teachers and research scientists.

What happens on the day 

Based in a lab at Eden Project and with time in the Rainforest Biome too, the course includes:

An overview of food security

Together we’ll look at the big picture of food security and how it relates to your curriculum. 

Sessions with scientists 

We’ll hear from scientists working on specific projects in this area, including:

  • Horticultural scientist Dr Rachel Warmington (Eden Project), who’s investigating the infamous Panama disease in banana plants.  You will then take part in a class practical which replicates her research and which your students can complete back in school.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Grace Twiston-Davies (Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter), who shares with us her work on bee colonies and introduces us to educational resources for schools in this field.
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager Dr Alex Huke (Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter) gives us an exclusive preview at a new tool to help scientists determine how beneficial outcomes such as increased crop yields, biodiversity or rural employment can be achieved. This tool will be available for use in school.

Tools for communicating biodiversity

The Eden Schools Team gets you involved in a game we use with visiting students, to communicate the role of biodiversity in maintaining food security. It's one you can replicate in your classroom. 

Networking and review session

In this session we’ll highlight key takeaway messages and resources, give teachers the opportunity to share ideas with each other about how they will put these to use in the classroom.

How much it costs

Thanks to bursaries from Research Councils UK, available to state funded schools and colleges, the net cost of the course – including lunch – is just £36 per teacher (full cost £180+VAT). Bursaries are paid on completion of the assessment of impact of the course, six to eight weeks after the course.

How to book

Here's how to book your place at the training day on 15 March, 2018, and to secure your bursary:

  1. Book the CPD via the STEM Learning webpage.             
  2. Your school or college pays the full course fee.                                
  3. Complete your intended learning outcomes and course plan.          
  4. Attend the CPD and complete your registation.      
  5. Embed new ideas in the classroom and see increased impact.            
  6. Your school or college is reimbursed with the RCUK bursary, six to eight weeks after the course.

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