About Farm Safe Schools

Make your school part of the farm safety conversation

About Farm Safe Schools

Agri Aware, AgriKids and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), supported by the FBD Trust have teamed up to bring the Farm Safe Schools pilot programme to Irish classrooms. The first of its kind, collaborative, pilot programme aims to engage, educate and empower Irish children to become farm safety ambassadors and in doing so help create a safer, brighter future on Irish farms.

The interactive educational programme is designed to assist teachers in educating their students about the potential dangers associated with farming and agriculture, and is part of a national strategy, aimed at reducing the number of accidents on farms and in the countryside.  

As an existing component of the SPHE curriculum, this programme will also provide Irish primary school classrooms with fun, interactive resources and webinars all tailored to the Farm Safe School ethos.

In order to become accredited Farm Safe Schools, teachers must cover three topics in each programme module (two topics for infants classes) and show evidence of learnings achieved for each. Teachers can create a web page, a log book or blog page to showcase their classes’ hard work on raising farm safety awareness.   They are also encouraged to share their progress via social media, using the hashtag #FarmSafeSchools.

The modules focus on the main farm hazards most pertinent to children including farmer and field safety, animal safety and machinery safety. There is also an opportunity to win prizes and to become recognised that you are making a positive contribution towards farm safety in the wider, rural community.

 As well as achieving the status of becoming a recognised ‘Farm Safe School’, participating schools who show excellence in each module and overall will have additional opportunities to gain rewards through the FBD Farm Safe Schools Champions initiative.