Extra help for the new GCSE Institute of Food Science and Technology Mentor programme
The Food Teachers Centre are embarking on a pilot programme this summer. We are working with some keen teacher volunteers to bring a Food Scientist into your classroom to practice investigations ready for the new GCSE examination. If the pilot goes well we will open up recruitment to all schools and you can ask to be matched with a local food scientist in summer term 2017.
We think that mentors can
– support your understanding of the food science of the investigations, and provide real examples
– help show how scientific method works in practice – for example, variables, control, testing, measurement, sensory evaluation
– offer real time feedback to students on their investigation as a critical expert.
And the benefits of the programme will be that it
a) Engages and shows students how the tasks that they are set match real life circumstances and careers available, improving the take up of post 16 and degree routes into the industry
b) Raises the profile of food teaching in the school, as the head-teacher, parents and governors will see the value of the subject to the local economy, community and careers prospects.
c) Provides a route for industry experts to become closely involved in the exam process offering feedback to exam board, and advice on relevant investigations for the future.
If fileting fish and portioning chicken, and high level practical skills fill you with dread! Why don’t you see if a local chef, catering college, fishmonger or butcher may help you. You can book a Chef Ambassador, a visit to a hotel or restaurant and chef demo. http://resource-gateway.co.uk/school-college/careers/speakers or contact Kerry Mabbley Head of Ambassadors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springboard have helped us host 4 amazing networking events, with free food and wine, helpful tours, chef demos of new skills as well as an opportunity to chat with colleagues and find out about Futurechef. Our first event was at the Manchester Midland Hotel. Thanks to Abby Patterson and the Futurechef team for supporting food teachers everywhere and helping us set up such great events.
Westminster Kingsway hosted a fantastic evening at the Victoria Centre and are offering similar tour and workshop for your GCSE students if you’d like to bring them to London. Feel free to contact them for a taster day expereince your students will remember for a long time. They have an impressive alumni record that includes Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriot, plus quite a few outstanding food teachers in our group. http://westking.ac.uk/subject/hospitality-culinary-arts/
Also check out their Young Chef Academy – http://westking.ac.uk/young-chef-hospitality-academies/
At this event we were delighted to have three authors and teachers – Anita Tull, Jenny Ridgwell and Food Teachers Centre Founder Louise T. Davies. Between them they have supported teachers through a great deal of change and provided an enormous range of high quality textbooks and teaching and learning resources that have been used classrooms throughout the Uk and far beyond.
FREE! 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. www.foodteacher.org.uk
It provides a comprehensive range of resources, training and events including:
Monthly online events, with downloads;
Practical food skills sessions, with recipes;
Face-to-face events, with classroom materials;
Certificates of attendance for all events;
Online resources relevant to the Key stage 3 curriculum (2014) and new GCSE content (Food preparation and nutrition).
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 – Grainchain
The National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM) and AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds have recently launched their newly designed and upgraded website, offering UK teachers free access to the very latest, national curriculum linked, lesson plans and resources exploring farming, food and healthy eating.
To mark the launch, Grain Chain has commissioned a new, double sided, pictorial, education poster to help children understand where our food comes from. Entitled ‘Where does bread come from’, one side of the poster is for primary and the other for secondary schools and can be ordered free of charge from the website, www.grainchain.com.
The updated Grain Chain website now offers a range of new classroom resources that can be easily downloaded and will help teachers deliver effective lessons covering the subjects of Nutrition, Cooking, Food Provenance and Food Science. The Grain Chain project also offers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training for teachers and will hold its next training session, focussing on high-skill bread making and finishes, in Manchester on 11th June.
All the Grain Chain resources have been updated in line with recent changes to the national curriculum and are now grouped together in clear curriculum areas making it easier for teachers and those involved in education to find resources tailored to their particular subject, topic or age group. Resources include lesson plans, teaching materials, work-sheets, quizzes, games and recipes, alongside CPD training events.
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 12th June
Planning the new GCSE Scheme of work
Sun 19th June
New resources for GCSE teaching
Sun 26th June
Teaching high level practical skills
Sun 3rd July
What is a food science investigation
Sun 10th July
Where is the subject heading – extending our reach – School Food
Food Teachers Centre team
If you miss it, search for the discussion thread on Mondays, or the Q&A records uploaded in the files.
Face to face events
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
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)
What teachers say about this day’s event:
“Absolutely superb. So grateful to have a chance to explore the new spec in such detail and to be guided by such friendly and knowledgeable experts! I am so relieved to now have a framework to base my lessons on and the lunch was absolutely delicious – you really spoilt us. Thank you.”
“Thank you it was a great day, really useful and very tasty too!”
“So much information cascaded to delegates. Went away much happier with a clear knowledge of the way forward for planning for the new exam.”
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
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
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
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)
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
What teachers say about this event:
“I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona’s presentation- it was delivered clearly with good anecdotal evidence and examples. Learned a lot.”
“Fabulous venue and hosts. Subject content and delivery totally spot on . Thanks. An inspiring day with lots to act upon.”
Get set for the new GCSE non exam assessment tasks with Simon Gray and Joe Mann
Only £140 (+VAT)
What teachers say about this day:
“Fantastic, really informative and fun and massive confidence builder for the new GCSE”
“Best CPD I’ve ever attended. Thank you Simon and Joe. All great information/learning.”
“Really motivating, inspiring and engaging. Gave me new ideas and ways to teach my pupils.”
“An extremely hands on and full paced course packed with a mountain of supportive, relevant and interesting information which was pitched for all different levels of teachers and specialists. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a lot to take away with me and can’t wait to put some of the things were took part in and were shown and advised about into practice.”
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.
Practical: KS3 / GCSE Food Science Investigations
Getting food science established in preparation for Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE:
Understanding the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients:
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Best wishes from the Food Teachers centre team
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