Countryside Classroom - Connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment

Growing Schools has been re-launched as Countryside Classroom, the largest ever partnership of organisations who are committed to helping children learn about food, farming and/or the natural environment.

It is the vision of Countryside Classroom that schools and teachers across the UK will embrace food, farming and the natural environment as essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating them into day-to-day learning. As a result of this, every child will have the opportunity to learn about and experience these topics in diverse ways that are increasingly supported by experiences outside the classroom.

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John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre researches plants and microbes at the molecular and genetic level, and their relationship with the environment. Their focus with schools is to encourage students to study science and to appreciate the importance of science in everyday life. Resources include a mobile exhibition unit, web resources at and, and staff who can go into schools to talk about different aspects of plant and microbial science (through the local Teacher Scientist Network

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