Food teacher Lindsey Haddon attended our February face to face event – here she kindly shares her experience.
The day began with meeting up with old colleagues and sharing experiences over coffee and pastries. Then the formal part of the day began, we had several very knowledgeable and experienced people inspire us with updates on the new curriculum for Food at both KS3 and KS4. Also the new Ofsted lead inspector for Technology explained the new framework for Ofsted and how best to prepare for inspection.
After coffee and more biscuits we then had workshop sessions, I chose to do the Fun Food Experiments session with Jo Mann. This was not only thoroughly enjoyable but he gave us lots of quite simple ideas to use in the classroom, indeed I have been doing some of the egg experiments with my year 7 classes and they have been really enthusiastic and excited.
After a very healthy, tasty lunch I then joined the Food Photography group, again this has given me plenty of food for thought and I have purchased some of the gadgets to help with presentation already. I now feel more confident about what to do to “sell” my students work to the examiners.
The final part of the day was a very stimulating set of well-choreographed presentations from a number of specialists about how to run and maintain an efficient department. I am going to take on board the issues raised when preparing for the next school year.
Overall I came away from the day feeling inspired and very keen to take up the exciting challenge of updating schemes of work. I have been teaching Food in all of its disguises since 1978! There really isn’t anything new!
Thank you to everyone involved
If you were not able to join us for the event but wish you had; why not buy a digital ticket? For just £10 it will give you access to all the presentations from the event.