February Half Term 2020 News

February Half Term 2020 News
Some important news for this term
1. Compulsory Healthy Eating 2020.
2. Impact of the loss of A Level survey closes 29th Feb here. 200 more teacher responses needed! Here
3. Meeting with Department for education in teacher recruitment and retention – make your views known here.
4. Make NEA photos simpler with our top tip here and save time.
5. See our 5 year plan watch our video in the group here.


‘Healthy Eating’ Mandatory from September 2020 for all state-funded schools
You may have heard in your school that there will be a new compulsory requirement to teach healthy eating (amongst other aspects of health education) from September 2020. This applies to ALL SCHOOLS including Academies and will be inspected by OFSTED.
This is an important opportunity for our subject to show how we contribute to this requirement.
DfE “All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education”.
We suggest that you use the document that we have provided to look at
  1. What you already teach at KS3-4 and how this meets the requirements for 2020
  2. Inform the PSHE Co-ordinator and SLT how what you teach meets the requirements
  3. Meet with your PSHE Co-ordinator explain what you teach and assess
  4. Provider mapping and keep this with your subject scheme of work
  • As this is compulsory it adds power to your requests for sufficient curriculum time and resource, and for your training. Refer to this when under threat of reduced time
  • If you are an experienced teacher and you are aware that other teachers may be teaching ‘healthy eating’ across the school, offer to become the source for support and make sure teachers are using the right teaching resources, such as Food a fact of Life, Eatwell Guide and so on. OFSTED will be looking for a co-ordinated approach.
  • Publicise how your curriculum meets these requirements – perhaps in a display, announcement on your subject website section or communications with parents.
Here is our help for this:
To make this simple we have gathered all the advice in one place so that you are clear about what you need to do and can do this quickly and easily. We know you are busy!
Here is a one-page summary of the requirements and a suggested action plan for you. (provided by Jan Hanly and Louise Davies). It is a simple checklist of what to do.
Here is a link to the BNF mapping of the requirements against the curriculum. Download and keep with your subject planning.
Here is a link to an example for school mapping (provided by Joe Mann and Louise Davies). You can use this template to adapt for your school.
Here is a link to the government requirements. Please note that requirements at KS3 are repeated and built on further in KS3, which may not be clear to your PSHE Co-Ordinator. Download and keep with your subject planning.
We will also be doing a webinar later to hep guide you, so look out for that.
Sign up for FISH HERO programme for the next 3 years to bring you training, fish supplies and teaching resources.
Fish in School Hero’ aims to ensure that every child gets a chance to prepare, cook and eat fish before they leave school. The programme aims to train over 400 secondary food teachers to be confident in preparing and cooking fish with students in their classrooms. Teachers will be supported by local Heroes: fishmongers, fish-loving chefs and fish suppliers, as well as other Heroes who will be coming into schools to talk first-hand about their role in bringing seafood from the sea to the plate, highlighting careers and opportunities in the fish industry.
Supported by the Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust, Fish in School Hero is managed by the Food Teachers Centre and their volunteer team throughout the UK. Launching in East Coast schools, in 2020 and 2021 the programme will be extending throughout the UK, reaching over 60,000 pupils in 3 years. Follow us on Twitter #fishheroes
The pilot programme across Grimsby and East Coast.
In the first year, this would be pilot scale in the Peterborough, Newark, Lincoln, Grimsby area.
East Coast area schools can register here to take part.


Schools outside the East Coast area can register your interest here to join the training room, with free resources and keep in touch as the programme develops.


Food Teachers Centre: Schools Game Changer – orders close for free Pheasant deliveries in April.
Over 300 teachers have been trained since 2017, and over 10,000 free pheasants have been supplied to schools.
Free game delivery, teacher training and student masterclasses
Food Teachers Centre and Crunchy Critters
Closing date for entries Friday 27th March


A Fun Task that gives you the chance to win resources for your classroom !

Nick from Crunchy Critters will be giving away free sample boxes for the best ideas presented in this group for

A great classroom activity idea for using critters

An original idea for an occasion or set up for introducing critters

or A fun critter recipe or worksheet

Post up your idea, or add a comment on our Facebook group and hashtag it #crunchycritters before 27th March . Please do not contact Crunchy Critters directly.

Food Teachers Centre and Tunnocks Teacake Challenge
Closing date for entries Friday 17th April 2020
This year’s Challenge
Students are to produce a plate with a focus on the presentation of a Tunnock’s Teacake and we will be looking for the most stunning plate created. The theme for the creations is to be “Seasons”.
Entries will be judged for creativity; presentation; skills and adding nutritional balance to the plate by the use of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients relevant to their design.
Entries can only be made using the link below. All members of the Food Teachers centre automatically are members of the Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge group. Please read the entry details in the group to ensure you enter correctly. Schools may submit ONE entry for each category
  • 11- 14year olds
  • 14-17year olds
  • Most novel
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES is Friday 17th April 2020.
For full T & Cs; a whole host of resources and entry details please use the link above
(Only open to members of Food Teachers Centre)
If you are interested in Face to Face training or On line training – check out these links (click on pictures) or download our training booklet click here
Training runs every day
NEA Together On Line training


  1. Live Q&A presentation (with Joe Mann)
  2. Preparing for THIS YEAR’S NEA 1 2019-20 tasks
  3. Planning and Preparing for NEA1
  4. Planning and Preparing for NEA 2
  5. Giving Generic Feedback
  6. Marking and Moderating NEA 1
  7. Marking and Moderating NEA 2
  8. Written Paper: Creating a Revision Plan and Revision Strategies
£20 donation
GCSE Boost On-Line . Support pupils target grades 1-4. There are 20 units:
1. Introduction
2. What are the issues for your low ability learners?
3. Some Common SEND
4. Access, Adjustments for candidates and permissible support
5. Choosing the right exam
6. Current alternatives to GCSE
7. Non-Progress 8 alternative qualifications and awards
8. Understanding Marking
9. Maximising Marks NEA 1 and 2 Researching
10. Maximising Marks: NEA 1 Investigation skills
11. Maximising Marks NEA 1 Evaluation skills
12. Maximising Marks: NEA 2 Practical Skills
13. Maximising Marks: NEA2 Planning skills
14. Maximising Marks: NEA2 Evaluation skills
15. Back to Basics: Using Knowledge Organisers
16. Planning and Teaching: key practical skills
17. Grouping Students for Practical activities
18. Grouping Students for theory-based activities
19. Making theory Learning Fun and Active
20. Preparing for The Written Paper
Training runs every day
£80 (plus VAT and booking fees)
Book Here. Training runs every day
Technician Training and Toolkit On Line
We provide digital course resources including all the presentations and useful handouts, a technician’s guide, health and safety systems, logs and checklists.
£120 (plus VAT and booking fees)
Food Safety in Classrooms accredited training
Our course includes award of Level 2 Food Safety and accreditation for the national recognised framework for food teaching standards SECTION 9.1 to 9.6 ‘Implementing good hygiene and safety’ (listed in ‘Food teaching in secondary schools: A framework of knowledge and skills’ 2015 Public Health England, British Nutrition Foundation and Department for Education).
Download this framework Here
£120 (plus VAT and booking fees)
Book On line courses here
This course runs every day.
Face to Face Training in South East London
£150 (plus VAT and booking fees)
25th March 2020
Book London Course here
Food Futures – catch up with On Line Training resource
Enroll here only £35
This is an On-LIne Training Room that allows you access to the video presentations (live and recorded), handouts, resources, and live discussion from our event‘Food Futures’ held on SATURDAY 2nd November
How does it work?
1. Buy your ticket on Eventbrite.
2. You will be emailed a ticket with a weblink to the Training Room. Enroll in the training room, by stating your order number (from your ticket) and your name.
3. You will need a facebook account, but can access the training on mobile, tablet or computer, at any time. Unlimited access, for a full school year.
4. Watch some LIVE video presentations in the training room. The training room will be divided into training topics, so pick and mix the workshops that you want to create BESPOKE training for you.
5. Participate by asking questions via the presentations and giving feedback in the group.
The training room will includes:
Key Note presenters
  • Louise Davies, Founder Food Teachers Centre
  • Brian Oppenheim, HMI, National Lead for D&T, OFSTED : Inspection evidence and OFSTED framework D&T: Food
  • Sarah Old, Senior Manager for Standards, OFQUAL : Feedback on the current Food exams and standards
  • Sandra Kelly, Director for UK Skills and Policy, People 1st : Future Skills and T Levels
  • Ursula Arens, British Dietetic Association Ambassador of the Year 2019 :Blue Dot – An environmentally sustainable diet toolkit
Your Exam Board focused workshops – for AQA, EDUQAS, OCR, H&C and BTEC
with Jan Hanly, Jill Oliver, Adele James, Sandra Heinze, Caroline Mousedale and Melanie Williams
  • Update on NEA/ unit assessment 2019-20.Where are you in the NEA process and current questions? (Please bring any live work for feedback from group).
  • Top Tips presentation – Make a difference to your results.
  • NEA 2 Discussion: Planning, preparing and managing the NEA 2 process.
  • Resources for effective preparation and teaching.
Best practice and practical workshops
  • BTEC Home Cooking Skills and teaching SEND (with Melanie Williams and Sarah Badzire, Claremount Special School).
  • Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition (with Sarah Derwent, Droitwich Spa High).
  • Practical Food Science* (with Joe Mann, Food Teachers Centre).
  • Sensory Science in Practice* (with Barbara Monks and Julie Messenger Food Teachers Centre).
Some information, the recipes and videos will be shared from the practical skills sessions
  • Basic skills with fresh fish* (with Paula Williams, Billingsgate Seafood Cookery School).
  • Mince It* (Meat, game and vegetarian high-level dishes that are minced, shaped and formed) – (with Simon Gray, Food Teachers Centre).
You can access all of the training day on line for £35 only Book here
Best wishes from the Food Teachers Centre team
Volunteer Associates and Ambassadors throughout the UK with a passion for ‘Better Food Teaching’.
The Food Teachers Centre is a place of:
  • creative and innovative ideas and action
  • practical solutions
  • learning and sharing


If your organisation or company would like to work with us – please do get in touch via our website or facebook page/facebook group
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