The BBKA will provide participating schools with curriculum-linked educational materials and the means to start an apiary. Members of the public, schools and community groups will also be able to visit a state-of-the-art educational resource at the National Beekeeping Centre. There will also be an infrastructure to assist associations deliver activities for community groups in their location.

Many associations and branches are generously supporting schools already. The BBKA aims to build on this success by offering associations the assistance they call for to deliver their services more effectively.

The BBKA will;

  • Provide supporting documents such as model risk assessments and method statements.
  • Provide a brand new range of educational materials across all medias to support the national curriculum and to help people work towards beekeeping qualifications.
  • Coordinate the project by making connections between schools and local associations.
  • Secure funding to finance schools starting an apiary and to pay for the development and maintenance of the educational materials.
  • Recruit a team of volunteers nationally to support schools’ beekeeping efforts; essentially an ‘extra pair of bee-keeping hands’ if a school requires it.

 

The BBKA receives an average of three new enquiries each day from potential beekeeping schools. This means, there could be over 1,000 new beekeeping schools by summer 2020. This is a very exciting prospect but the project will have to be delivered at a rate which can be sustained by the BBKA and local associations.

The project has already been shaped by the feedback we receive from members. Associations have already told us that the current structure of the schools’ membership is not fit for purpose. The BBKA will amend its constitution to allow schools to join via their local branch. There will also be a new membership category for youth and community groups. Other members told us how they thought teachers should be trained and the progress of schools monitored and these suggestions have been built into the project.  

Please take a few minutes to complete the online form with as much detail as possible. Comprehensive feedback will help us develop a project that fully meets your needs and secure the necessary funding.

Bees in Schools questionnaire for Branches and Associations