Food Teachers Centre Newsletter April 2016



Food Teachers Centre
April News 2016
Get set for new GCSEs

Now that the end of this year’s coursework and marking is in sight (phew!), many teachers will be starting to plan their new GCSE scheme of work. The Food

Teachers Centre is here to help as many teachers as possible, so we have listened to your requests and have set up:

one day training events where you can plan a scheme of work with leading authors of the new books and digital resources, and people working with the same board as you (check out our events listing)

– saturday and day training events to update your practical skills and food science investigations (check out our events listing)

– FREE opportunities to network with other food teachers and set up informal planning groups (check out our free twilights in Derby, Brighton, London and Manchester)

– an opportunity to ask questions through our on-line Q&A and SOS (Sunday On-line Support) sessions in the closed facebook group. (check out our events listing)

– help with the new aspects of the content, and bank of resources that we all contribute to (with Suzanne Gray leading on gathering the recipes for the new course)

Help is at hand with GCSE – Institute of Food Science, CREST awards and Springboard:
Together we are stronger – so much time has been spent briefing key organisations and industry partners so that they can support the new GCSE.  You may like to read an article that we wrote to keep the industry up to date with the new curriculum and how they might help us. Why don’t you book a food STEM ambassador to visit your school to encourage careers and options choices. You may also be keen to book a Chef Ambassador, a visit to a hotel or restaurant and chef demo. or contact Kerry Mabbley Head of Ambassadors at
And check out the CREST awards which are great to use with your Year 9 students to get them ready for GCSE
A quick Survey from Springboard UK
We are also helping Springboard to update their Futurechef programme and they are keen to hear from teachers about how they can develop their activities to meet your needs. Please take a couple of minutes to complete their survey. 

Food Teachers Professional Portfolio


Food Teacher Professional Portfolio (FTPP) will enable food teachers, at all stages of their careers, to audit, plan, organise and record their professional development.
The programme has launched with three excellent on-line webinars, and an event for trainee teachers at the University of East London, but it is not too late to join!


Our course brochure attached maps all of Food Teachers Centre events against the professional framework, so that you can audit and choose relevant courses


FREE Resources
Get cracking with Ernie and Eliza Egg
British Lion eggs have launched a range of free teaching resources for 5-11 year olds, including an animation encouraging children to learn about healthy eating.
For 5-7 year olds the healthy breakfast poem, healthy diet choices worksheet and healthy food heroes card matching activity will help pupils learn about a healthy balanced diet and the importance of breakfast to keep them fuelled for the day. One primary teacher said, “I really enjoy the drama side of the activities as this really engages younger children and immerses them in the activity.”
Older pupils can plan their own ‘Go to school on an egg’ advert and healthy meal plan. Planning their own egg advert is designed to encourage pupils to analyse the reasons why eating a healthy breakfast is so important and inspire them to use their creativity to raise awareness of the importance of breakfast among their peers. The healthy meal plan also brings to life the concept of a healthy balanced diet.
All of the resources support PSHE, Health and wellbeing, PSD, PDMU and Science and Literacy and have been developed with teachers and nutritionists. Visit to download the free resources and get your pupils cracking with eggs. 



Sunday On-Line Support
Visit us in the closed facebook group Sundays at 7-8pm whilst experts answer your questions. Remember this is AMA – ask me anything (about the topic of course!).  Look out for the logo above and follow the discussion thread.
Sun 17th April
       Links with your feeder primary schools
Jenny Elms
Sun 24th April
       Raising the profile of food in your school
Barbara Monks and Jenny Elms
Sun 1st May
     Getting more budget for food teaching
Julie Messenger
Sun 8th May
      Revision techniques for GCSE
Fiona Balding
Sun 15th May
       Teaching food safety in an engaging way
Barbara Rathmill and Barbara Monks
Sun 22nd May
      Non- specialists teaching in your department
Suzanne Gray
If you miss it, search for the discussion thread on Mondays, or the Q&A records uploaded in the files.
Face to face events
Student rate: We LOVE trainee teachers, we want to make sure that you get an excellent head-start to your teaching career and all the help that the Food Teachers Centre can offer you.  Contact the presenter listed in our brochure and we will try to allow you to come to the event (and maybe help out a bit) in return for a BIG discount.  where capacity allows 
Food is Special
Mon 11th July Milton Keynes

A unique face to face for food teachers, school caterers and senior leaders in Special Schools.  The day aims to provide fresh thinking and solutions for food provision and food education in schools for pupils with special educational needs.

  • Developing curriculum and adapting food teaching in special schools,
  • Creating a whole school food culture and transforming food in your school
  • Eating well – practical and nutritional guidelines for children with special educational needs
  • Sharing inspiring examples of best practice and case studies in classroom practice and school food 


Inspiring Learning (Food and Textiles)
Friday 17th June (London) 


 Food Teachers Centre  (Louise Davies) and Textiles Skills Academy (Dawn Foxall)

 OFSTED – Diane Choulerton, HMI National Lead for D&T at Ofsted

Department for Education Jennifer Allan and Alex Smith from DfE GCSE and A Level Reform Qualifications Division

 Exam Boards presenting: Steve Healy (AQA), Jonny Edge (OCR), Allison Candy (WJEC/Eduqas), Caroline Gallagher, Andy Small and Pauline Bland (NCFE: VCERTS), Jacinta Appleby BTEC

Food Workshops – repeated throughout the day*

·         GCSE and other new level 1/2/3 qualifications

·         GCSE workshop -Nutrition and Food Choice

·         GCSE workshop -Sustainability and Food Provenance 

·         GCSE workshop-  Food Science

Textiles Workshops – repeated throughout the day*

·         Exam board briefing on new D&T GCSE and A level and other level 1/2/3 qualifications

·         Inspiring Textiles in the Classroom

·         Textiles New Technologies including Wearable Electronics and Smart fabrics

·         Innovative Use of CADCAM in textiles projects

Bookings open now Only £185+VAT
GCSE Schemes of work made easy
  • Review and clarify vital GCSE requirements from all boards
  • Learn about essential FREE new teaching resources
  • Explore exciting new ideas for teaching the content
  • Work together to help plan your scheme of work for 2016-18, faciltated by leadiing experts, moderators, authors and experienced teachers
  • Many have a free twilight masterclass and networking social to finish off a great day!
  • Only £165 (+VAT)
With Anita Tull

An experienced teacher and prolific author who has taught food, nutrition and cooking skills to children, teenagers and adults in a range of different schools and colleges for the past four decades. She has written a number of food and nutrition student textbooks, including Food and Nutrition (OUP), OCR Food and Nutrition for GCSE (Hodder) and the new AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition textbook and accompanying resources (Illuminate Publishing). She has recently been awarded a PhD by the Centre for Food Policy, City University, London for a thesis entitled ‘Why teach (young) people how to cook? A critical analysis of education and policy in transition’.
Anita is joined by Louise, Fiona and Barbara, who have been working on the new Collins Revision Guide
Kingsway Westminster College, Victoria,  London
Plus free event 4-6.30pm 
Tuesday 17th May
Presenters Anita Tull and Louise Davies 
Nottingham University,
Sarah Bonington Campus Leicestershire
Monday 20th June
Presenter Anita Tull and Louise Davies 
Brighton Stadium
Plus free event 4-6.30pm 
Weds 29th June
Presenter Anita Tull and Louise Davies
Thursday 30th June
Presenter Anita Tull and Fiona Balding
iPro Stadium  Derby
Plus free event 4-6.30pm
Thurs 7th July
Presenter Anita Tull and Barbara Rathmilll
With Helen Buckland

Helen Buckland was a Food and Nutrition teacher in a secondary school in Devon for many years. She has worked as an examiner for GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition for one of the major examination boards for several years.Helen has recently co-written a text book and associated materials for the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, which has been developed to replace the existing GCSE specifications in Catering, Food Technology and Home Economics Food and Nutrition.

Helen is joined by Louise, Fiona and Barbara, who have been working on the new Collins Revision Guide 

Manchester Midland Hotel  Plus free event 4-6.30pm
Friday 6th May
Presenter Helen Buckland  Barbara Rathmill 
Heaton Manor School, Newcastle
Friday 27th May
Presenter Helen Buckland and Fiona Balding 
With Jacqui Keepin (Drew)

Jacqui’s skills span both industry and education, and is most valued in her role as Principal moderator. She initially trained and working as a chef, Jacqui has 23 years experience of teaching at all levels (KS3, GCSE and A level) and is currently Head of Technology at Parkstone Grammar School in Dorset. She teaches GCSE Food Technology and the CIEH Food Safety Level 2 Certificate there.  She is currently Principal Examiner for GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology and have been for the past 7 years this involves writing the GCSE paper,  setting the controlled assessment tasks and leading the moderation process.   She has also been a moderator and assistant examiner for GCSE Catering.   In 2015 she was involved in the writing of sample assessment materials for the new specification GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.   An author and co-writer ‘Food Preparation and Nutrition’ (Hodder Education) due to be released in April 2016.

Jacqui is joined by Louise, Fiona and Barbara, who have been working on the new Collins Revision Guide

Holyrood Academy Chard Somerset
Monday 20th June
Presenter Jacqui Keepin and Simon Gray 
University of West of England Bristol
Monday 4th July
Presenter Jacqui Keepin and Louise Davies

Free Twilight Masterclass and networking 4-6.30pm

Followed by FREE Twilight sponsored by Springboard Future chef. A wonderful opportunity to experience the industry and benefit from a range of activities such as a skills masterclass, with a professional chef demonstration, drinks demonstrations, and a restaurant or hotel tour, all concluding with refreshments and networking over a glass of wine.(Join anytime 4.00- 6.30pm)

Free event 4-6.30pm
Manchester Midland Hotel
Friday 6th May
Free but please reserve your place
Free event 4-6.30pm
Kingsway Westminster College, Victoria,  London
Tuesday 17th May
Free but please reserve your place
Bookings just opened
Free event 4-6.30pm 
Brighton and Hove Football Club
Weds 29th June
Free but reserve your place
Free event 4-6.30pm
Derby iPro Stadium
Thurs 7th JUly
Free but reserve your place

Outstanding Food Lessons

Presenters: Fiona Balding and Louise T Davies

This course will focus on the following areas to help you develop strategies to embed health and wellbeing across the school and to deliver better food lessons throughout the year.
·         Action 9 of the School Food Plan is centred on the monitoring of schools in relation to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and the time and space given to lunch.
·         Under the new Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework 2015, inspectors assess how “children and learners keep themselves healthy, including through healthy eating”. Inspectors will look at “the food on offer and visit the canteen to see the atmosphere and culture in the dining space and the effect this has on pupils’ behaviour.” Inspectors will also look at the “breadth and balance of the curriculum, of which practical cookery is now a part.” This forms part of a Personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement
  • Find out how you can support your school to embed this through the guidance in the School Food Plan (January 2016 Ofsted Inspection Update)
·        Myth Busting: Ofsted do not expect specific preparation for the inspection – they want you to teach well throughout the year. We will share with you our ideas on:
o   Setting high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge
o   Promoting strategies to show pupil progression
o   Planning well-structured lessons, with effective differentiation,  questioning, behavior management  and approaches to assessment
o   How to cope with being observed, and observing others in food
Victoria, Central London
Thursday 5th May
Tyne and Wear, NE
Thursday 23rd June
Eastwood,  Nottinghamshire
Friday 8th July
Other regional dates
Autumn term
Bookings open soon
Training for non-specialist food teachers

Didn’t train to teach food? Come from another subject? With Suzanne Gray          From ONLY £125/day (+VAT)

London Summer School

University of East London, Stratford

Day 1 Thursday 23rd June

Day 2 Friday 24th June

Day 3 Tuesday 12th July

Day 4 Weds 13th July

Bookings open

Bookings open

Bookings open

Bookings open

Saturday GCSE Practical skills and masterclasses

This day is divided into two interlocking practical meat and fish workshop sessions to enable you to compare and provide differentiated tasks for your students with Simon Gray, Sam Goldsmith and Alison Clough Halstead. 


Sam Goldsmith  
Head of Food & Nutrition, Clifton High School, Freelance food stylist and writer. Member of the prestigious Dyson/D&T Association Innovation group
Alison Clough Halstead
An experienced teacher and Licence to Cook trainer. Head of Applied Learning at Alder

Grange School in Lancashire. Moderator and examiner for GCSE Hospitality and AQA Food Technology.

Only £140 (+VAT)
Saturday 16th April
Saturday 21st May
Technician Regional events

For FOOD TECHNICIANS and TEACHING ASSISTANTS to gain best practice, top tips and great ideas with Kath Callaghan and Barbara Rathmill

Only £120 (+VAT)
Tuesday 19th April
Bookings open   LIMITED PLACES
Friday 22nd April
Bookings open   WAITING LIST
Friday 29th April
Tuesday 10th May
Milton Keynes
Tuesday 14th June
Brigg, North Lincolnshire
Weds 15th June
East London
Weds 15th June
Monday 4th July



GCSE Food and  Science


Get set for the new GCSE non exam assessment tasks with Simon Gray and Joe Mann

 Only £140 (+VAT)

Chelmsford, Essex
Tuesday 12th April
East Sussex
Tuesday 19th April
Tuesday 7th June
Tuesday 14th June
Bookings open   LIMITED PLACES
Tuesday 21st June
Bookings open    LIMITED PLACES
Investigate Food 2
Barbara Monks will take you through the food science activities and Julie Messenger will cover curriculum planning and links that build through KS3 to KS4 for successful teaching of the new specification.  


Weds 22nd June 2016

Bookings open WAITING LIST


Thurs 23rd June 2016

Bookings open


Weds 29th June 2016

Bookings open


Tues 5th July 2016

Bookings open
How to get in the Closed Facebook group………….
We have two opportunities to join us on facebook – one is a public page for everyone to ‘LIKE’. We post news stories about food teaching and news, so please go to this page and ‘LIKE’ it to get news in your facebook newsfeed.
Our second place is the closed is a closed group only for food teachers and trainee teachers.
The closed group protects the conversations within the food teaching community only.  Once you have requested to join we will send you a message and ask that you confirm the current school you work in and we will check that this matches our records. Please check your ‘other’ inbox folder, as this message may go there if you have a secure facebook account.
Once cleared to join the group you accept our guidelines of participation.
Best wishes from the Food Teachers centre team
Do you know another food teacher?
Please also pass on this newsletter and encourage your colleagues to sign up for this monthly newsletter. Every term we will have a prize draw from our email list – one lucky subscriber will get a free place on a training event of their choice.
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We look forward to seeing you at our next events
Best wishes
Louise T Davies, (Founder Food Teachers Centre)
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