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Bees in schools

The BBKA exists to promote beekeeping and to advance education about bees in the environment. To help meet these aims, we are consulting with schools to discover how we can support them.

In phase one of our consultation, we talked with known beekeeping schools to find out how they use their bees in the education and development of young people. Some have found imaginative ways of linking bees to the curriculum and others prefer an extra-curricula approach. All of them told us how their bees have become woven into the fabric of school life.

The most surprising finding for us perhaps, is the inspiring accounts we received of how bees have helped with complex behaviours and with the development of young people with special educational needs.

Currently, the average age of a UK beekeeper is somewhere near retirement age and because our bees face an ever-increasing range of threats, we know that the best hope for the future lies with our young people. We also know that bees and beekeeping offers an exciting range of educational opportunities for schools.

We are developing a project to enable interested schools to benefit from educational resources provided by the British Beekeeping Association. We are working to discover how we can best support these schools. 

Would your school be interested in a visit to the National Beekeeping Centre or to a local apiary? Would you prefer help in starting an apiary of your own? What supporting materials would you need?

Whatever the shape of the future project, we would like your school to be involved.

Please take a few moments to register your interest by completing our online form. If you are interested in how bees could be linked to the curriculum or if you have any other questions please email our project officer, Howard Towl at [email protected] or call him on 07832 185913.

Thank you for your interest! 

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