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Transforming the Education System Through Food

Welcome to our 2018 programme.We’ve got over 100 events going on throughout the week, check back in with us as more are added.

You can filter the events by day, category or area. Take a look at our family events, land and growing activities, feasts & festivities, and plenty more to involve and inspire.

The Bristol Food Connections Hub will be a hosting all manner of creative activities, drop in workshops and talks all week long, check out what’s on here. We have set up our Festival Hub at the Bristol Energy hub, Waterfront, Bristol BS1 4XJ. 

You can also get involved with the festival by cooking and sharing food with your colleagues, neighbours, friends and family – find out more on our festival theme page.

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    Transforming the Education System Through Food

    Theme: Land & Growing, Future of Food
    Venue: City Centre
    On: Tuesday 12th June
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Address: Triodos Bank Foundation Space, Deanery Road. BS1 5AS

    Patrick Holden in Conversation with Richard Dunne.

    On the eve of the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards, last year’s winner of the Derek Cooper Award, Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust discusses the future of education with pioneering headmaster Richard Dunne.  Described as the ‘reverse Parkinson’ approach, their mutual cross-examination will explore how working with food in schools can transform learning; and why the future of food depends on a more integrated and interconnected approach to learning, so that the food producers of the future become stewards of human and planetary health.

    Against a backdrop of a heavily assessment-driven education system, and within a culture of over-consumption and exploitation of scarce resources, Richard Dunne believes it’s time to tune reconnect young people with nature – to bring real purpose to what they learn and how they understand the world.  Richard is Head of Ashley CofE Primary School in Surrey, where he has put sustainability and nature at the heart of the curriculum, pioneering an approach to learning based on seven principles of Harmony.  Children learn through ‘enquiries of learning’ which link different subjects together to enable them to tackle real tasks – be that setting up an organic vegetable garden; improving the energy efficiency of the school; or overseeing the management of closed loop recycling systems.  He says “Not surprisingly, the Children love to learn in this way, and Ofsted like it too – for nearly 12 years we have achieved their Outstanding rating.”

    Patrick will discuss his belief that a reductionist mindset and failure to think and work systemically is one of the most significant barriers to the practice of sustainable methods of food production, and explore with Richard why this new approach to learning will fundamentally change how young people think – ultimately leading to a new approach to tackling issues in their adult lives.  They will discuss how food projects have been at the heart of this educational transformation, and why growing food is so vital to a child’s learning.

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