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The students are able to work towards a BTEC qualification in subjects such as animal care through their work with the pigs which includes checking they have enough feed and water, changing bedding and maintaining the upkeep of the pens and generally considering the animals’ welfare. Ed continues, “Being able to spend so much time outdoors is great, but a significant part of what we would like to do is teaching the children where their food comes from, the importance of animal welfare and the processes involved in food reaching their plate. We hope that they come away from their time here not only with a qualification, but having learnt a wider lesson as well.”
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The school plans to welcome two more pigs in September. By embedding the work with the animals into the school curriculum and by building links with other schools that could benefit from this new and exciting initiative, the school hopes to build on the programme’s success. Ed says, “The programme has been a great success. Disaffected students, disillusioned with learning are being reengaged and the animals have played a significant part in this. It’s amazing to see how supportive people like Packington Free Range have been; the local community have been right behind us and it’s clear to see this positivity rubbing off on the students.”
About Packington Free Range: Packington Free Range, based in Staffordshire, is a farm with a traditional family heritage spanning four generations. As well as a commitment to pork and poultry of the highest quality, Packington’s award-winning animal welfare ethos is supported and accredited by the RSPCA. Packington Free Range’s pork and poultry are Free Range in the truest sense of the word, with a firm belief that happy, healthy animals will produce the best meat.