Outdoor Learning

About Growing Devon Schools

Environmental Awareness

Food & Health

As a partnership we recognise that increasing numbers of schools and teachers within those schools in Devon would like to start growing projects but lack skills, knowledge and confidence to do so. This is what we aim to provide through the linking of the providers including zoos, gardens, community groups, growers etc with their local schools.


The partnership came together in  June 2012 following publication of the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Report earlier in that year. The report presented three key findings:

  1. The most effective food growing schools achieve significant learning,  skills, health and well-being outcomes for children and young people.
  2. Food growing in schools has a positive impact on the schools,  communities, organisations and businesses involved.
  3. Many schools grow food, but only some do so in a way that achieves the maximum benefits for all involved.

The publishing of the School Food Plan in 2013 has supported the drive to introduce and support food based education in schools with actions for government including:

  • Put cooking into the curriculum: make cooking and food an entitlement in key stages 1 to 3
  • Set up flagship boroughs to demonstrate the impact of  improving school food on a large scale
  • Train head teachers: include food and nutrition in head teacher training

Year one partnership report

One year into the project we have produced an over view of our work to date, the highlights including:

  • Setting up an Industrial & Provident Society for the benefit of the community;
  • Establishing & running training programs for teachers at two centres in the county; and
  • Producing the first promotional film for the project
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