CEVAS Courses


The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme or CEVAS is a two-day course for farmers and countryside education staff.

It includes preparing for farm visits; food, farming and the countryside in the National Curriculum; and talking to pupils and teachers.  So far, over 100 farmers and others in Wales have done the course and many have been accredited by the OCN.

We will organize more courses according to the demand. Email Jane Powell for details.

For more information about CEVAS see  www.cevas.org.uk.

Lambing in Monmouthshire!

At our latest CEVAS course to prepare farmers and countryside staff for hosting school visits, the participants gave teaching sessions. Here is Kate Beavan (right) showing Ellie Hawkins how to deliver a lamb:

   lambing simulator / ymarfer wyna successful lambing / wyna llwyddiannus

Hygiene on Open Farms

HOOFThe Health and Safety Executive in Wales has produced a pack for teachers called Hygiene on Open Farms, or HOOF. It contains resources on hand washing and infection.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Environmental Health staff from Welsh Local Authorities are working in partnership to raise awareness of the risks of infection by E. coli 0157 and Cryptosporidium on open farms.

The HOOF project takes a two pronged attack –

1. Local Education Authorities will be provided with a resource pack to give to teachers planning visits to these establishments.

2. Joint visits by HSE and Local Authority staff to open farms to assess their working practices, and the controls that they have in place to minimise risk of infection to visitors. In particular, we will check that there are adequate arrangements for hand-washing, as proper hand-washing is essential in preventing ill health.

Download the resource pack here:

Information Sheet 1 – Cryptosporidium [25kb]
Information Sheet 2 – E.coli 0157 [25kb]
Letter to parents [25kb]
Planning the Visit [31kb]
Example Risk Assessment [29kb]
HOOF Campaign Evaluation Form [28kb]
Hygiene On Open Farms Education Pack [4.7Mb]
HOOF Useful websites [24kb]
Avoiding ill health at open farms – Advice to farmers (with teachers’ supplement) [64kb]
Be Responsible Keep Children Safe on Your Farm [61kb]
Make Handwashing a Habit! [39kb]