Barbara Rathmill

A food education consultant with 35 years teaching experience


My background

I have had a long career teaching Food in a variety of Secondary schools, including head of department in Food and Textiles.

Throughout my teaching career I have taught both Food and Textiles undertaking the roles of Head of Food Technology and 2nd in Design and Technology. I have been privileged to be involved in a variety of food projects: “Food in Schools” (Primary CPD), Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Food Technology Training, National Curriculum 2014 – Cooking and Nutrition and Teaching Food Safely for the D&T Association

I am an accredited Centre and Trainer with the CIEH and Highfield delivering Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Food Safety.

More recently I have been involved in developing the “Food Technician Skills Academy” for the Food Teachers Centre, as well working with exam boards in preparation for the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. I am co-author of the new Collins  2016 Revision Guide ‘GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition’.

My expertise

Within my role as a Food Teacher’s Centre Associate and a Registered Food Safety Trainer  I am able to support staff in acquiring Level 2 Food Safety Award at both Primary and Secondary level, as well as providing help and support with hygiene and safety matters, risk assessments and departmental documentation to meet current standards.  In terms of the National Curriculum 2014, Cooking and Nutrition for KS1, KS2 and KS3 I am able to offer support at Primary and Secondary level with developing food areas, improving skills for non-specialists and supporting staff in the development of the curriculum as well as offering support at KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition and NCFE Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery as a moderator and examiner.

Consultancy offer

Technician Training, Level 2 Food Safety training, Schemes of Work, New Teaching Resources, Support for Food Technicians and Non specialist food teachers, at both Primary and Secondary.


Email Barbara or phone 07517230909


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