Speakers for schools sought

The NFU is seeking eloquent farmers and growers to join a new education programme - Speakers for Schools – that is due to be launched in January 2020.

NFU Education Manager Josh Payne writes: “The idea behind Speakers for Schools is to give secondary school students access to voices from modern farming and to challenge misconceptions and preconceptions they may have about agriculture in the UK. Speaking to a group of teenagers can be a daunting task and it is crucial that we deliver professionally and concisely; with that in mind we are working with teacher training expert Paul Taylor McCartney to deliver a bespoke training programme.”

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The programme will include:

• Creating your own pen picture –teaching you as a farmer or grower how to tell your story

• Farming Myth Busters - an introduction to NFU’s Farming Myth Busters slide deck

• Developing your presentation style when talking to a large group

•An introduction to teaching and learning styles (pedagogy) to ensure an audience remains engaged

• Chances to develop confidence and work together with peers to prepare your presentation

Mr Payne asks would-be speakers to make a small number of commitments. Candidates will be invited to attend a one day training session (expenses paid) at one of the following venues on these dates in late November: Leeds, 25 Nov; Coventry, 26 Nov; London, 27 Nov. Then trained speakers will be asked to deliver a minimum of two school assemblies in 2020, with travel expenses covered. Speakers must agree to work towards standards that will have been covered during training.

Prospective candidates should email NFU Education Manager Josh Payne e: am9zaHVhLnBheW5lQG5mdS5vcmcudWs= confirming the session they wish to attend or call for further information t: 024 7685 8650/ 07384 216928.

Last edited on: 06:09:2019

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