Honey Bee Programme

The Honey Bee Programme has continued in 2019 in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation! We have created a brand new animation to show you how it works.

About the programme

Based on the successful grant programme in the US, The Honey Bee programme is designed to raise awareness of the vital importance of honey bees in food production and to introduce teachers to the wonders of keeping bees at school.

The programme offers three avenues of exploration for schools that are considering introducing honey bees as a fascinating and uniquely different learning resource:

  • Visit from a bee-keeper with observation hives.

Twelve schools will have the opportunity to host a visit from an experienced bee-keeper from London Beekeepers Association. We're offering four sessions are for up to 30 children and included topics such as: honey bees and other bees, anatomy, the nest and life cycle; bees, the importance of bees in food production; products from the hive; honey, wax and propolis.

  • Taster session for teachers.

In September, teachers who had been inspired by the visit from a beekeeper, attended a taster session delivered by London Beekeepers Association to carefully consider the big step of introducing bees into a school environment. Teachers were signposted to the bee-keeping training required to keep a colony at school and understand how the school site needs to be prepared to accommodate a colony. The session included information about planting for forage, colony management throughout the year (including school holidays) and the budget required for both set-up and operating costs. 

  • Apply for a honey bee grant. 

Schools that fulfil the criteria below can apply for funding for equipment to set up a project at school. Grants of up to £1,500 will be available from a funding pot of £9,000. Schools will only be able to apply if they have:

  • commissioned a risk assessment/feasibility study
  • completed a bee-keeping course with a local bee-keeping association (BBKA Bee Basic or equivalent) with a minimum of two members of staff
  • formed a ‘bee team’ of at least three members of staff
  • identified a ‘bee mentor’ from a local bee-keeping association to support the project throughout its first year.

Schools with established honey bee projects, who wish to develop their projects further, may also apply if they fulfil the requirements above.

For the 2019 programme we have funding for the following:

  • Visits by London Beekeepers Association to twelve schools in London
  • Places for 12 teachers on our taster session at a London apiary
  • Six grants of up to £1,500 for equipment.