GCSE Boost grades 1-4 (Birmingham)

GCSE Boost                                  Supporting your least able grades 1-4

All exam boards – AQA EDUQAS OCR

Presenters: Louise Davies and Jacqui Keepin


 This course focuses on the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition and how it is possible to support lower ability learners through the course and improve their performance. It provides intervention strategies and ideas that you can implement immediately with your Y10 and Y11.

This course covers all boards AQA, EDUQAS and OCR Food Preparation and Nutrition.


GCSE and your lower ability learners: Overview

            What are the issues for lower ability learners on the new courses and how can they be addressed?

           Some common SEND and how these can be supported in class

  • Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties

          Choosing your board and exam. What are the alternatives to the GCSE exam for lower ability learners?

           Examining the specific issues in your group and developing an intervention plan to increase performance

 Back to Basics –   Practical ideas to help with teaching and assessment


Planning and teaching

           Focusing on essential content – knowledge organisers, targeting and simplifying

           Tools that help the content stick, making learning fun

           Grouping students for support, but also depth and challenge

           Questioning techniques to build knowledge and understanding

           Focusing on key practical skills and developing higher level skills over time

           Working to strengths and building confidence and independence



           Effective differentiation and providing different amounts of support during the assessment process, scaffolding and intervention within the JCQ regulations

           Practice, mocks, tests, self-review/assessment and preparation for NEA

           Where to gain marks in NEA1

           Where to gain marks in NEA 2

           Brain science and what this tells us about how to prepare students for the written paper


 All teachers will be given access to a Digital delegate folder that will contain the presentations and handouts, example interventions, support templates, and checklists that you can use with your classes





Presenters – Louise Davies and Jacqui Keepin


Louise T Davies (Founder Food Teachers Centre) has been in food education for over 30 years. She is currently working for the United Nations School Food and Nutrition Education programme, and also offers advice to Department for Education (as Adviser on 2016 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition) and other key food education organisations. Her career spans teaching and senior leadership in schools, but also curriculum development and teacher training at the Royal College of Art, Brunel University, Bath Spa University, South Bank University and the Open University. She has also been an Ofsted ITE Additional Inspector.


With six years at Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) advising government on D&T national curriculum and examinations and eight years as Deputy Chief Executive at the D&T Association, Louise led innovation across a diverse range of high profile curriculum and professional development programmes. She is nationally recognised for ground breaking work in food education (Food in Schools programmes, Licence to Cook, Active Kids Get Cooking and the School Food Champions programme. She’s a prolific author with over 50 D&T textbooks and award winning multi-media resources.


As founder of the Food Teachers Centre, she 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”. More

Jacqui Keepin’s skills span both industry and education, she became a Food Teachers Centre Associate in 2017.

She initially trained and worked as a chef in the catering industry and she also has 25 years’ experience of teaching at all levels (KS3, GCSE and A level) and was most recently Head of Technology at Parkstone Grammar School in Dorset.

 Jacqui was the Principal Examiner for GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology and held the post for the past 10 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 of ‘Food Preparation and Nutrition’ (Hodder Education).

 (Hodder Education) and EDUQAS Revision Guide (Collins).

Costs and Booking (via Eventbrite) From only £180 +VAT /Booking fees

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.


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Only £180 +VAT/Eventbrite fees       9.30-3.45pm


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


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          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

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  • 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 www.facebook.com/groups/foodteacherscentre


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