We work with partners to provide and deliver world-leading learning opportunities for all Scotland’s young people aged 3 to 18 about, in and through the Scottish agricultural environment and the countryside.
RHET aims to provide the opportunity for every child in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside and to create a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of rural Scotland.
This is achieved through a number of key activities:
RHET will take the following strategic actions to achieve our aim:
Every academic year, RHET takes more than 21,000 children onto farms and estates throughout Scotland and over 38,000 pupils have a farmer come and talk in their school (2018-19 figures).
At the Royal Highland Show in June each year, RHET accommodates roughly 300 school groups on the Thursday and Friday and provides educational activities for the general public on the Saturday and Sunday of the Show.
All RHET services and resources are FREE to schools in Scotland and organised by a team of Project Coordinators and volunteer committees, representing each of the twelve RHET Countryside Initiatives throughout Scotland.
Each Coordinator works year-round to help deliver opportunities for pre-school, primary and secondary children to gain a better understanding of the Scottish countryside by providing reliable and balanced information on farming and rural issues and organising fully risk-assessed farm visits, classroom talks and a host of other competitions and events.