Barleylands’ Chris Philpot shortlisted for Lifetime Achievement Award

Barleyland’s Chris Philpot has been shortlisted for a national award for his contribution to education and learning outside the classroom.

Chris has been put forward for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the national Council for Learning Outside the Classroom awards, which take place this Thursday in Birmingham.

The awards recognise individuals and teams who are committed to ensuring that young people have inspiring experiences outside the classroom.  It’s the ninth year the awards have taken place.

Chris has been running schools visits and an education programme at Barleylands for over 30 years.  He established an award winning Education Centre, which provides fun and educational days out to inspire young growing minds.

With its discovery barn, polytunnel, purpose built kitchen, vegetable plots and animal barn, thousands of children have the opportunity to learn about food, farming and the countryside every year.  The education days bring the school curriculum to life with hands on experiences, covering geography, science, history, design and technology, literacy and maths in a cross curriculum schools programme.

Karen Education Officer Karen Watson said:  “We are so delighted that Chris has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.  Barleylands and the Philpot family have a long tradition in farming and Chris is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for young people. We wish him lots of luck at the awards!”