Food Boost Face to Face (London)

Food Boost Face to Face

Saturday 3rd November

University of West London, Ealing.


This national training day will bring hundreds of food teachers together for a unique set of workshops and practical cooking skills sessions that focuses on new qualifications (GCSE and Vocational Levels 1-3), reviewing your results and moving forward with planning and delivery.


Key Note presenters – Louise Davies and Ross Morrison McGill


Keynote –Making sense and moving forward with the 2018 Results

Louise Davies – Founder (Food Teachers Centre)

 This Food Boost Keynote will focus on

          What we can learn from 2018’s exam results for GCSE and Vocational courses

          How to improve your course and student performance

          Developing an intervention plan for Y10-11

          Intervention strategies that work

          Free resources to improve your teaching


 As founder of the Food Teachers Centre, Louise has won awards for her work with the community (2018 Outstanding Contribution to D&T Excellence Award, Global Excellence 2017 Best Nutritional Health School Engagement programme and 2017 Best Public Health Sugar Reduction Awareness Campaign) and is recognized by Facebook as a Power Admin for one of the “most active, engaging and influential groups on the Facebook platform”. She works with the United Nations developing a White Paper on School Food for low income countries. She advised DfE on the new GCSE 2014-16, as well as being OFQUAL’s current subject expert for D&T, Food Preparation & Nutrition and Hospitality and Catering exams. Her teaching resources have been used all over the world for by D&T/Food teachers.


Food Boost Keynote – Mark. Plan. Teach. in Food

Ross McGill – Teacher Toolkit

With teacher workload and mental health issues at record levels, ideas that work in the classroom to alleviate workload and support teacher wellbeing are essential. Ross offers food teachers a range of strategies and insights into ‘what teachers can do in the classroom’ and ‘why and how’ they work. Ross’s presentation is full of practical ideas which deliberately mirror the teaching process. 

 Mark. Plan. Teach. 

  • shows how each stage of the teaching process informs the next, building a cyclical framework that underpins everything that food teachers do.
  • enables all food teachers to maximise the impact of their teaching and, in doing so, save time, reduce workload and take back control of the classroom.


Ross Morrison McGill  has been very popular at Food Teachers Centre events, as a D&T teacher and school leader with 23 years experience. He has written 3 books on teaching and is passionate about teacher well-being and teaching and learning. In 2010, he founded @TeacherToolkit, rapidly becoming one of the most popular websites for sharing resources and ideas around the world.

@TeacherToolkit, is the most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK. His practical, inspiring lesson ideas are what make him so successful. His 5 Minute Lesson Plan is used by teachers all over the world! In 2015 he was listed in the Debrett’s 500 as one of the ‘most influential people in Britain’ and in education. He is the bestselling author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons and Teacher Toolkit.


Exam Focused workshops – Updates and Best Practice for 2018-19


          Latest NEA and Unit Assessment advice


          Getting to grips with NEA and Unit assessment for Year 11 –what does it mean, how to prepare for and plan assessment


          How to maximise marks, challenge most able and support all learners


          Resources for effective preparation and teaching



Food Boost Workshop presenters:


  • AQA GCSE – Barbara Monks, Food Teachers Centre
  • OCR GCSE – Sandra Heinze, Hall Mead School
  • EDUQAS GCSE – Jacqui Keepin, Food Teachers Centre
  • NCFE Food and Cookery L1/2– Caroline Gallagher, NCFE Curriculum Officer
  • BTEC L1-3 and Home Cooking Skills – Melanie Williams, Pearson/BTEC Subject Advisor for Skills Qualifications
  • WJEC Level 3 Diploma Food Science and Nutrition – Sheila Watts, Waddesdon School
  • WJEC Hospitality and Catering Level 1-2 – Judith Shackell, Brookfield Community School 
  • Special Needs – We will also have a Special Needs teaching strand facilitated by Sarah Badzire, Clare Mount Specialist Sports College



Food Boost – Practical Skills focused workshops

Fine-tune and support your personal skills, from highly skilled university culinary skills tutors

          Food presentation, styling and photography

          Tricky pastries, pasta and enriched doughs

          Knife skills with meat, fish and vegetables

          Sauces, soufflés, setting, toppings, layers and fillings

 Watch our video here 

Costs and Booking (via Eventbrite) From only £150 +VAT Early bird

All of these events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Food Teachers Centre uses Eventbrite (as many organisations do) to automate the bookings via credit card.   When you book you will receive by email a full VAT invoice/receipt.


PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL- SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on.


If you have any queries, please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily.


Your personal information is not passed onto third parties 

 DATA PROTECTION – how we access and protect your personal information.

PLEASE NOTE: Food Teachers Centre will never pass your information onto third parties.

When you sign up with Eventbrite

  • Eventbrite takes your booking via credit card, these details are not passed to the Food Teachers Centre
  • The ticket buyer email/school address are passed to Food Teachers Centre so that we can send you a ticket and invoice for the training you have booked.
  • This information is kept under password protection in our financial records for 6 years (HMRC requirement). No credit card details are ever given to us, or kept by us

These details are only viewed by the course planner and presenter and are password protected.

For example, we collect information about special access or dietary needs.

For some training and registration you are asked to give information about your expertise:

          For accredited courses, such as Food Safety in Classrooms, it is an exam board requirement that we assess previous learning and take this into account when planning differentiated learning.

          For accredited courses, such as Culinary Arts, questions are asked to ensure that the applicant meets SFA funding requirements.

– For other courses, we may ask details about the exam board courses that you teach, and what you would like help with, these are to help us plan a suitable day, but are optional questions.

– When registering for the Resource Bank, we ask you details to be able to verify your identity and contribution to the Closed group, to gain access to the resources.

When you book with us, we always ask for your school contact details, the course presenter uses this to:


          Send you your ticket and invoice
          Send you important delegate joining instructions, maps, handouts and link to the digital course folder, plus post event evaluation.
          Get in touch with you if there is an important change to the course for any reason, for example the school is closed due to Snow

          Send you a 48-hour reminder ahead of the course, with your ticket needed for registration


We may also use these details to:

          Provide a guest list (with full name and school name, plus any access/dietary needs) for the venue, to allow entry to schools under safeguarding processes. We do not allow venues to have your email address or personal details.

          Send you details of the next Food Teachers Centre course in your region

You can unsubscribe and re-subscribe at any time.

Food Teachers Centre cannot be held responsible for you not receiving important information about a course that you are booked on if you have unsubscribed or blocked us.

We do not pass your details on to any other company.

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Terms and conditions 

  • Terms and conditions

  1. Once booked, if you cannot come You can send someone else, but you may not get a refund unless we can resell your ticket, but we are happy to transfer your booking if there is space on another event.

  2. The draft programme might be subject to change. We would always endeavor to run the day as advertised.


About the Food Teachers Centre 

FOOD TEACHER CENTRE is a UK based self-help group founded by Louise T Davies in 2013 and supported by experienced associates. It provides a platform to exchange best practice, give advice and support to less experienced teachers, answering practical concerns and keeping them abreast of the latest curriculum changes. A one-stop shop for like-minded professionals who seek help and information. It is free to take part and is facilitated through a closed on-line group, safeguarding the conversations of the teaching staff.

The idea of a ‘Teacher’s Centre’ is a response to the lack of local and national specialist support and diminishing Continuing Professional Development with the demise of local authority advisers ASTs, lead practitioners and supporting organisations.

The Centre utilises new technologies, not requiring a physical space in new times, but providing the same high quality service that our traditional teachers centres were recognised for.

The Food Teachers Centre is a place of

  • creative and innovative ideas and action

  • practical solutions

  • learning and sharing

To join the closed group, simply visit


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