News. Dumfries House to welcome back school pupils

23rd of April, 2021

From May 2021, The Prince’s Foundation will once again begin welcoming school pupils back to Dumfries House Estate for hands-on sustainability workshops.

In line with current government guidelines, teachers are now able to book day visits for single class groups taking place from Monday 3 May. Initially, only single-day visits to one education centre on the estate will be offered so pupils can focus on one curriculum area, thereby reducing the contact between pupils and different staff members.

Jacqueline Farrell, education director for The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House, said: “After focusing on online delivery throughout lockdown, our education team are very much looking forward to welcoming pupils back to Dumfries House estate this spring. All of our workshops have been adapted so that they can run safely, with as much activity delivered outdoors in a natural environment as possible and with minimal staff contact.

“This Spring and Summer, we will be running workshops that focus on giving pupils a better understanding of their environment and the positive role they can play in creating a more sustainable planet. The impact of Covid-19 has been felt in a number of ways and our workshops can help develop mitigations around these impacts in future, such as building good mental wellbeing and reforging peer relationships, to exploring how pupils can make considered choices around our food supply system.”

A wide variety of workshops are now available for booking, ranging from Field To Fork and Scientists At Work to Sustainable Fashion.

Workshops can be adapted to suit primary or high school pupils (up to S3), with the exception of fashion and textiles, which is for secondary school pupils only. All workshops can be altered to support specific curriculum areas such as biology, home economics, art, or physical education.

To book, teachers are invited to email education@dumfries-house.org.uk with their chosen dates and preferred curriculum area.