Kath Callaghan

AST for Food Technology for West Sussex (2006-2013), 35 years of teaching experience including GCSE Home Economics, Food Technology, Catering

My background

Having completed teacher training at Sheffield City Polytechnic, the teaching of Food as a subject has been my passion for over 30 years. I have had a teaching career in secondary schools, in both mixed and single sex schools.
As a Head of Home Economics in Hertfordshire, I was able to develop my knowledge of industrial food production by having several industrial placements in readiness for the introduction of Food Technology which came into the curriculum fully several years later.
In West Sussex I was Head of Food in a Specialist Technology College where I worked with feeder primary schools to ensure transition in D&T at KS3. In addition to this I was a “Food in Schools” trainer for DATA and trained in excess of 100 primary teachers in West Sussex.
I was a Level 2 Food Safety trainer, and a coursework moderator for AQA D&T:Food Technology and had several colleagues brought into my department who were D&T trained, then required to teach Food Technology up to GCSE level and part of my role was to train them while in post.
I achieved AST status working with WSCC and mentored a number of teachers within West Sussex to enable them to achieve higher grades at GCSE and produce relevant and effective schemes of work, as well as organising an annual conference day CPD event.
Projects I have enjoyed being involved with include: Lead Practitioner for “Licence to Cook”, “Food in Schools” trainer, mentor for “Teach Food Technology”, trainer for the West Sussex “Secondary Food Technology HLTA”.
Most recently I am co-author for the Collins “GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition” Revision workbook with other Associates of the Food Teachers Centre, have carried out numerous “Technician Skills Academy” training events in the South of England and attended many of the Food Teachers Centre events.

My expertise

I can provide training and support in:

  • Developing skills for food technicians and teaching assistants in secondary schools.
  • Enabling non-specialist, or less experienced, teachers to deliver Food in line with existing statutory programs of study and subject specifications.
  • Creating relevant schemes of work to fit into an individual school’s curriculum with relevant teaching resources.
  • Planning and equipping new practical food areas.
  • Training primary teachers to embed Food within the D&T curriculum at key stages 1 and 2.
Consultancy offer

Technician training; Non-specialist food teacher training; Primary teacher training in Food Technology; Level 2 Food Safety training; Planning and equipping new food rooms, Schemes of work and developing resources,


Email Kath or phone 07828325128

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