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Strategic Plan

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) was established in 1999 as a registered Scottish charity and small company limited by guarantee.

We work with partners to deliver world class learning opportunities for all of Scotland’s young people aged 3 to 18 about, in and through the Scottish agricultural environment. These learning opportunities focus on:

Farming and food production

Outdoor learning for all

Countryside – including forestry and estate management

Environmental awareness

The planned outcome of RHET’s strategic actions is that Scotland’s young people have an enhanced understanding of the rural environment of Scotland, the dynamic nature of food, farming and countryside activities and the vital contribution such activities make to sustaining and enhancing Scotland’s economy and way of life. 

RHET will take the following strategic actions:

1. Promoting understanding of the environmental and economic changes taking place in rural Scotland and its environment by:

     a) Providing opportunities for young people to experience the Scottish countryside through visits.

     b) Providing opportunities for young people to engage with people who live and work in the countryside in a variety of settings and vice versa.

2. Working in partnership to develop resources and activities (in the context of rural Scotland) to support education professionals to provide motivating curricular learning opportunities for Scotland’s young people.

3. Enabling educators to access reliable and balanced information on farming and rural issues.

4. Supporting and developing people across the complete RHET network.

5. Securing funding to enable the above actions.

These strategic actions are focused further through the lens of our organisational goals, to ensure maximum impact is achieved.

RHET’s organisational goals are to:

1. Maintain and develop further RHET’s partnership role in relation to education about sustainable food, farming and countryside for all young people in Scotland.

2. Continue the development of the leadership role of the RHET central team in building and supporting the network of RHET Countryside Initiatives that deliver the aims of RHET on a sustainable local basis.

3. Embrace the use of information and communications technology, and to optimise the use of financial and other resources in pursuit of our aims.

4. Ensure that our ethos translates into our day to day practices across the RHET network through a culture of openness, accountability and care.        

5. Develop further a framework to support reflection and continuous improvement across all aspects of RHET activities, enabling progress towards our outcomes to be demonstrated.



For access to RHET's full 5-Year Strategic Plan please click HERE.