Food Teachers Centre August 2019 Newsletter

GCSE Results Day
2019 News
Here is a short summary of this year’s results to help you compare to 2018 and compare nationally and regionally.
Please excuse our intrusion into your holday break, but we do hope that your results are as expected. Whatever your outcomes, we would like to extend our thanks and praise for the hard work and dedication that all food teachers have shown in implementing this reformed course under difficult circumstances of competing school subject priorities, such as EBACC and limited time and budgets.
Everyone should be aware that the government reformulated GCSEs to make them harder – this was indeed the only NEW GCSE brought in by the government in their committment to make sure that every young person had the opportunity to learn to cook and learn about nutrition. 2019 is the second cohort of the reformed Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE.
The National Average for Food Preparation and Nutrition 2019 was 64.5% In 2018 it was 62.3% (Grades 4-9, equivalent A-C), so this is improving.
Not so good news! From 2008-18 we saw a 50% drop in GCSE numbers and 2019 brings a further 5% drop in those that are entered for GCSE. Some may be entered for Vocational Qualifications however.
Here is a visual map of England by OFQUAL that shows the national results (best results being darkest).
Food Preparation and Nutrition compared to other subjects (grades 4 and above, all ages)
This shows that GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is NO SOFT OPTION
 
Subject
2018 Grade 4-9
2019 Grade 4-9
Food Preparation and Nutrition Grades 4-9
62.3%
64.5%
Combined Science
54.7%
55.5%
Art and Design
75%
75.2%
History
63.7%
63.5%
Geography
64.5%
65.2%
Maths
70.8%
71.4%
English Language
75%
70.5%
French
69.7%
69.3%
Music
74.7%
75.7%
For further information https://analytics.ofqual.gov.uk/
County by County Results and numbers entered
Check the results of your school against the national average and the local average.
 
This chart also shows if the numbers entered have increased or decreased, and if results have improved.
  • 41% LESS students entered in Northumberland, 31% less in Tyne and Wear, 27% less in East Riding of Yorkshire, 25% less in Cornwall, 24% less in Shropshire, and 22% less in Merseyside.
  • 20% MORE students entered in Somerset, 18% more in West Sussex, 16% more in Rutland and 15% more in Lincolnshire.
Map of England
Old and new grades reminder
2018
2019
County
No. of Students Entered
Average Grades 4-9 (A-C)
No. of Students Entered
Average Grades 4-9 (A-C)
% No. of Students Differences
% Grades Differences
Bedfordshire
445
62.1
455
61.0
2.2
-1.8
Berkshire
740
71.3
730
73.5
-1.4
3.1
Buckinghamshire
770
62.8
815
58.1
5.8
-7.5
Cambridgeshire
550
60.3
550
65.1
0.0
8.0
Cheshire
885
63.2
755
65.4
-14.7
3.5
Cornwall
695
62.8
525
61.4
-24.5
-2.2
County of Bristol
155
69.3
220
68.8
41.9
-0.7
Cumbria
455
55.0
460
63.0
1.1
14.5
Derbyshire
960
57.8
995
61.2
3.6
5.9
Devon
1,255
58.7
1,195
59.5
-4.8
1.4
Dorset
955
68.4
770
73.3
-19.4
7.2
Durham
575
67.4
585
68.3
1.7
1.3
East Riding of Yorkshire
490
64.8
360
66.3
-26.5
2.3
East Sussex
720
64.1
655
56.0
-9.0
-12.6
Essex
1,695
61.3
1,505
71.0
-11.2
15.8
Gloucestershire
910
63.9
950
64.0
4.4
0.2
Greater London
4,185
61.5
3,930
65.4
-6.1
6.3
Greater Manchester
2,710
63.1
2,485
65.1
-8.3
3.2
Hampshire
1,900
60.2
1,835
64.3
-3.4
6.8
Herefordshire
340
57.4
320
62.2
-5.9
8.4
Hertfordshire
1,380
70.4
1,400
70.0
1.4
-0.6
Isle of Wight
90
68.5
80
66.7
-11.1
-2.6
Kent
1,205
63.8
1,280
65.6
6.2
2.8
Lancashire
1,445
64.9
1,335
64.7
-7.6
-0.3
Leicestershire
1,065
61.9
1,130
62.2
6.1
0.5
Lincolnshire
825
59.3
945
63.4
14.5
6.9
Merseyside
840
61.6
650
65.3
-22.6
6.0
Norfolk
790
60.2
720
54.2
-8.9
-10.0
Northamptonshire
650
62.7
705
66.0
8.5
5.3
Northumberland
365
51.9
215
58.8
-41.1
13.3
North Yorkshire
1,055
63.5
985
64.7
-6.6
1.9
Nottinghamshire
930
59.1
880
65.8
-5.4
11.3
Oxfordshire
565
64.7
595
66.3
5.3
2.5
Rutland
95
64.6
110
68.5
15.8
6.0
Shropshire
475
63.6
360
66.3
-24.2
4.2
Somerset
1,005
60.3
1,215
64.9
20.9
7.6
South Yorkshire
920
58.1
915
64.1
-0.5
10.3
Staffordshire
835
58.7
790
53.3
-5.4
-9.2
Suffolk
1,005
65.8
985
60.0
-2.0
-8.8
Surrey
1,120
72.5
1,185
75.2
5.8
3.7
Tyne and Wear
675
65.6
465
69.6
-31.1
6.1
Warwickshire
620
69.3
590
72.3
-4.8
4.3
West Midlands
2,360
56.0
2,045
59.3
-13.3
5.9
West Sussex
745
61.1
885
60.3
18.8
-1.3
West Yorkshire
2,035
64.3
1,755
63.0
-13.8
-2.0
Wiltshire
625
61.5
630
60.3
0.8
-2.0
Worcestershire
740
58.0
645
66.9
-12.8
15.3
Totals/averages
45850
62.7
43590
64.5
-4.9
2.9
Why don’t we present any analytics for Level 1-2 Hospitality and Catering?
Only subjects with a minimun of 10,000 entries are included in OFQUAL’s analysis
What to do next?
If your results are disappointing we suggest:
  1. Read the Moderators report on your NEA assessment for tips. If your board provides advice and support, send them specific questions. Consider becoming a moderator to understand the process better.
  2. Read the Senior/Chief examiners report on the exam and check what is said about the exam paper. This is available in the secure area of your board website, so ask your exams officer.
  3. Check that your school is providing the minimum exam board and OFQUAL requirements for the teaching and assessment of the GCSE. Turn this into an action plan to discuss with your senior leaders and exam officers. This should include:
  • 120 guided learning hours before assessement takes place
  • Sufficient preparation and practice time ahead of NEA release to candidates
  • Adequate provision for practical work for NEA 2
  • Adequate revision and practice schedule for the written exam, including school wide exam technique workshops

4. Seek help to improve your teaching and preparation of students

  • To help you prepare for the release of NEA 1 (1st Sept) and NEA 2 (1st Nov) Register and join our ON LINE (available today) NEA Together training room. This is a £20 donation. https://neatogether-online1.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Identify if marks were lost on food science or practical skills and choose appropriate training courses. We provide on-line training or face to face training days to help you improve your teaching. These are advertised regularly in the Facebook group, on our website and on our Eventbrite Pages. We suggest that you make a case in your school to access valuable training :
    • Attend our London or Sheffield Face to Face events on Saturday 2nd November (University of West London and Sheffield Hallam University). We will be reviewing all the exam results and there are workshops for each exam course to help you improve and gain clarity and great ideas
    • Join our On- Line training ‘GCSE Boost for levels 1-4’ if you are concerned that your lower ability and borderline candidates would benefit from planned interventions. https://gcseboost-online1.eventbrite.co.uk
    • Attend ‘Schools Game Changer’ and FREE HCCA Chinese Cookery workshops or Westminster Kingsway Introduction to Culinary Skills if you are looking for extra NEA 2 help and improving your own practical skills.
    • Register and learn at your own pace with ‘Barbara Monk’s Food Science Tutorials’ if you need help in building your subject knowledge and ideas for teaching how to apply the science. https://winterfood-science-tutorials123.eventbrite.co.uk
  • register for our free facebook mentoring programme, so that you can be matched with an experienced teacher who teaches the same board, who will be able to offer you advice and guidance. Sign up here.
Please complete Food Teachers Centre ‘Exam Results’ 2019 survey
The Community has been going for 6 years and developed successfully beyond anything we ever imagined. But our success is anecdotal taken from what you tell us and some evaluation evidence of our events. As a team of unpaid volunteers we want to make sure that the community continues to be what teachers need. To do so, we would like your feedback. In addition, so that we can gain the support of others and bring you more programmes and resources, we often need to prove that what we do is effective for teachers, so this survey will give us valuable insights and statistics to take to partners.
Furthermore, if enough people answer, we may be able to collect evidence of how group size and lesson lengths can impact on results. These could be used by you to make a strong case for changes if you need them. These results will be shared with the community and publicised.
No school or teacher will be identified from any information or comments. Your personal information will be kept securely.
There are 30 questions, taking about 10 minutes, so we do appreciate your time in filling it in.
GCSE Exam Results Survey: Take it here
 
Vocational Courses Results Survey: Take it here
You can do both surveys.
Coming up! Training days to help you
Face to Face in Sheffield and London
SATURDAY 2nd November
at
University of West London, Ealing and Sheffield Hallam University
These national training days will bring hundreds of food teachers together for a unique set of speakers, exam workshops and practical cooking skills sessions that focus on reviewing your results and moving forward with planning and delivery. Bookings open soon
Exam Focused workshops – Updates and Best Practice with seperate workshops for AQA, EDUQAS, OCR and H&C
  • 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
Practical Skills focused workshops
Fine-tune and support your personal skills, learning from highly skilled university culinary skills tutors and trainers
Bookings open soon
No Cover needed for our on-line training:
NEA Together – join our on-line training room, new videos will be released for the NEW 2019 NEA tasks
NEA Together On-Line
As many teachers find it hard to get out of school for NEA Together meetings, we have decided to take the training on line this year.
Our training room has all the training videos that we used in 2017-19 meetings on how to prepare yourself and candidates for NEA, how to carry it out, and mark and moderate NEA.
This is a LIVE training room, so on 1st September, Barbara Monks will add a 2019-20 NEA 1 update, and we will add tips from 2019 Examiners reports.
You can access the training ALL YEAR, as many times as you wish!
There are 8 training units to choose from: all at your own pace, unlimited access:
UNITS TO CHOOSE FROM:
2. Planning and Preparing for NEA1 (Food Science)
3. Planning and Preparing for NEA 2 (Practical Skills)
4. Giving Generic Feedback
5. Marking and Moderating NEA 1 (Food Science)
6. Marking and Moderating NEA 2 (Practical Skills)
7. Written Paper: Creating a Revision Plan and Revision Strategies
8. (COMING SOON) Preparing for NEA 2019 tasks
Each Unit has a video presentation, useful handouts to download, hundreds of ideas and activities as if you were in the training room with us, an opportunity to ask questions and links all in one place to everything that we recommend and you will find useful, to make this a lifesaver – all in one place.
To access the training room you will need a Facebook account and access to the internet. The training can be accessed on a mobile device, tablet or computer.
REVIEWS OF THIS TRAINING ROOM SO FAR
Jordi Major
I have found some really useful resources – including presentations from Jaqui on things to check when marking the NEAs and the evidence which the moderators want to have clearly marked.
Ben Taylor
Wonderful resources – the best CPD I have had in 13 years of teaching. I loved watching the high-quality videos and the recommendations, tips and strategies on offer were fantastic. One of the seriously amazing strengths of this training are the food science videos both the links & recommendations and the in-house videos explaining key concepts.
Louise Glover
I have been using the training room, full of training videos for the last week or so.I have been using the group on my mobile mostly and it is easy to navigate and all videos can be viewed on this platform. I fully recommend it and I will continue to explore when I am preparing for the next academic year.
Karen Ryder
I have to say it’s a brilliant resource. It’s very easy to navigate around the site & dip in and out of the sections that you want to use. Lots of excellent resources, especially for NEA 1. Some I’ve used before, but others were new to me, so will definitely be going back to them. Also, a range of resources for NEA 2 & an interesting video on presentation skills. I’m sure none of us like paying money out, but I think £20 is worth it, especially to have all the resources in one place.
GCSE Boost
Supporting your least able grades 1-4
On-Line training
Presenters: Louise Davies and Jacqui Keepin
This course focuses on the new GCSE 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.
GCSE and your lower ability learners: Overview
  • Issues for lower abilities.
  • Some common SEND and how these can be supported in class
  • Choosing your board and exam. What are the alternatives to the GCSE exam for lower ability learners?
Back to Basics – Practical ideas to help with teaching and assessment
  • Focusing on essential content – knowledge organisers, targeting and simplifying
  • Tools that help the content stick, making learning fun, grouping and questionning
Assessment
  • 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 and NEA 2
  • Brain science and what this tells us about how to prepare students for the written paper
Reviews of our face to face training- on which this training room is based
Every bit of the event was delivered excellently.
Amazing course! They just keep getting better!
Such a well-planned event with consideration given to delivering courses to SEND learners.
The presenters were very approachable and friendly.
I really enjoyed all aspects of the day
 
Available now! Summer Special until end of September ONLY £80 (FULL Price course £180)
 
ON-LINE Food Science Tutorials for teachers
What are Food Science Tutorials?
 
Food Science tutorials are recorded presentations by Barbara Monks for food teachers. They teach you the food science of proteins, fats and carbohydrates so that you can confidently answer your pupil’s questions. Three separate presentations cover the chemical and physical aspects of each of the major food groups. You can follow them at your own pace and they take you step by step.
The presentations include ideas for ways to teach food science with images and photos to support the teacher and suggestions for delivering food investigations (NEA 1) as required by all the examination boards. Coverage is designed to meet the needs of practical food work whilst also including molecular level science. Key terms from GCSE Food preparation and nutrition specifications are explained and related to practical work.
Tutorials are £40 each or £100 for the set of three.
How to purchase Food Science Tutorials. Get more details and buy here
‘A clear concise and supportive resource’. (teacher evaluation)
Schools Price! AQA or EDUQAS Revision Guide £3.99
COLLINS AQA & EDUQAS GCSE revision guide.
These two books are a must for any school, as they contain key information, worksheets and practice papers for either AQA or EDUQAS courses. Take your pick!
This new EDUQAS book has similar content to AQA version, but has EDUQAS style exam papers (two) and the content is divided into sections that reflect the EDUQAS specification. Schools price £3.99
Based on new research that proves repeated practice testing is more effective than repeated study, this revision series is guaranteed to help students achieve the best results.
  • Clear and accessible explanations
  • Concise revision notes
  • Seven practice opportunities for every topic covered in GCSE.
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