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AGT Southwest Education Meeting 2014

Date & Time of Event: 
Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 (All day)

AGT Southwest Region Education Meeting 2014


Theme:        Working in Partnership

When:         Wednesday 26th February 2014

Where:        Bicton EaRTH Centre, East Devon


Over the last few years, achieving our education aims within Devon has become more difficult.  With an increasing number of agencies wanting time with teachers, and fewer volunteers prepared to visit schools to offer advice and other forms of assistance, it became obvious that some changes had to be made. 

In 2012, the DGT joined the “Growing Devon Schools Partnership” (GDSP) with members of the Trust taking roles with the Steering Group.  GDSP is a multi-agency county partnership, which we believe is the first in the country.  The GDSP has begun to offer services to the school community, involving providers, teachers, TAs, governors, pupils and parents, starting with courses for teachers.  DGT will continue to provide advice and mentoring for schools and financial assistance for equipment and plants, but operating within the Partnership.

The 2014 AGT SW Education Meeting will describe the origins of the partnership, how the partnership operates and the key role that County Gardens Trusts can play in the establishment and operation of such schemes.

Provisional programme

10.30h                   Arrival and tea/coffee

11.00h                   Welcome (Gilly Drummond OBE; President AGT)

11.15h                   Clare Barwick (East-the-Water Primary School, North Devon)
                             What the School Community needs.

11.40h                   Rupert Bannister (Managing Director, Growing Devon Schools & KORU Education)
                             How agencies can work together to deliver what the School Community needs.

12.05h                   Melissa Harvey (Devon Community Composting Network; DGT Bursary Awardee)
                             Cultivating and nurturing young minds.

12.30h                   Celia Jenkins (DGT Education Co-ordinator) and Diane Perry (Landscape gardener and Mentor to Chulmleigh Academy)
                             Advice and mentoring – CGTs helping to deliver what’s needed.

13.00h                   Lunch and tour of the Bicton EaRTH Centre

14.15h                   FORUM
                             An opportunity for attendees to share problems, concerns and recommendations for CGTs to meet their education aims
                             and objectives; and for the panel of guest speakers to offer comments, advice and support.

15.30h                   Refreshments and depart

For more details and expressions of interest, please contact Celia Jenkins (DGT Education Co-ordinator) by email: reescelia@gmail.com

Registration fee: £30 to include refreshments, lunch and conference documentation.  Download booking form here.