Food Teachers Centre August 2022 Newsletter

 
GCSE and vocational course exam results
 Here is a short summary of this year’s results to help you compare nationally and regionally.
Please excuse our intrusion into your holiday 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 during the challenging circumstances of the pandemic.  It has been stressful for you and your students.  We will be providing a survey link to OFQUAL to be able to give direct feedback on the planning of 2021-22.
The National Average for Food Preparation and Nutrition 2022 is 72.6% (Grades 4-9).
The National Average in 2019 was 64.5%, in 2018 was 62.3% (Grades 4-9).
And GOOD NEWS – we see a steady rise in the number taking GCSE to over 50,000
Compare your results to your county average:
County
 
Total number of grades awarded in
county
 
Percentage 4-9  grade in county
Bedfordshire
720
67.3
Berkshire
1,010
74.3
Buckinghamshire
960
72.7
Cambridgeshire
835
69.5
Cheshire
945
72.6
Cornwall
485
65.6
County of Bristol
360
74.2
Cumbria
450
74.9
Derbyshire
995
69.8
Devon
1,195
71.7
Dorset
825
80.8
Durham
735
72
East Riding of Yorkshire
440
73.8
East Sussex
885
64.5
Essex
1,790
74.6
Gloucestershire
1,030
81
Greater London
4,620
71.2
Greater Manchester
2,790
73
Hampshire
2,310
69.5
Herefordshire
285
74.7
Hertfordshire
1,680
77.3
Isle of Wight
175
67.8
Kent
1,465
70.3
Lancashire
1,550
74.8
Leicestershire
1,190
70.6
Lincolnshire
875
73.1
Merseyside
740
61.8
Norfolk
805
70.1
North Yorkshire
1,135
80.8
Northamptonshire
945
66.7
Northumberland
280
64.1
Nottinghamshire
830
71.5
Oxfordshire
735
73
Rutland
85
74.1
Shropshire
650
67.9
Somerset
1,205
73.1
South Yorkshire
795
75.8
Staffordshire
870
72.5
Suffolk
955
73.4
Surrey
1,355
78.6
Tyne and Wear
695
77.5
Warwickshire
775
77.7
West Midlands
2,125
72.7
West Sussex
945
68.2
West Yorkshire
1,765
71.6
Wiltshire
655
75.8
Worcestershire
880
73.3
Please complete our survey of GCSE and vocational exam results to help us to support you!
       
The Community has been going for 9 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.
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 15 minutes, so we do appreciate your time in filling it in.
GCSE EXAM Results survey LINK HERE
VOCATIONAL Course Exam Results survey LINK here
Is the attainment gap widening in your school – get help here……
How are you managing poverty in your school and lessons?
 
As a result of the Government’s recent White Paper ‘Levelling Up’, the Food Teachers Centre has been providing information and events to support food teachers with the Government’s ambition to place a focus on food education.
Closing the GAP
– your own INSET PACK available now!
Create your own INSET session at ONLY £50.
A ready-made INSET PACKAGE, instant workshop ANYTIME with Food Teachers Centre and inspirational speakers.
  • contains everything that you need to provide a school based subject specific in-service training.
  • You chose when you will do the training. It lasts lasting approx. 4.5 hours. Great for a half day session.
This workshop brings together the latest national changes and challenges for food education all in one place, as well as providing practical solutions and ideas to use directly in teaching.
What are the benefits of the INSET PACK
  • Get updates about the national picture and what this means to you and your school
  • Take away strategies and tips to implement directly back at school – from tackling attainment and deprivation to delivering modern food lessons for all
  • Watch a range of inspirational speakers
  • Join like-minded food teachers who want to (and do!) make a difference
  • Focus on your professional development – a certificate of attendance is provided as evidence
  • Attend from the comfort of your classroom/home

 

GCSE BOOST
On-Line training focused on improving grades 1-4

 

 

Teaching KS3 for the first time?

 

Look out for our FREE GUIDE in the Food Teachers Centre group, this is full of useful tips and ready- made documents to use.
For all the teachers who are new to teaching exam courses who have posted asking for help, YOU are in the RIGHT PLACE. But get started by signing up for a Mentor and going to the GUIDES section. We have ” New to teaching……KS3….GCSE…H&C …L3”. All free. We also have paid for on line courses on our website, run by very experienced teachers.
Foundations in FoodFace to Face Course
  • Suddenly found that you are teaching Food?
  • Feel daunted and would like some support and training ready for  the autumn term?
  • Come and join us for a face to face, practical session.
This course has been designed to support non specialist teachers who are planning to teach food at KS3. It will give teachers the opportunity to look at the pedagogy of teaching food and cover the practical requirements which will help practical sessions run smoothly. Focusing on Basic Nutrition, Health and Safety, setting up demonstrations and tips on how to set up the practical classroom.
The practical aspect of the day will consist of a hands-on approach, covering key practical skills required at KS3 and provide ready to use resources to take away. This course is designed to meet current national standards set out: Available Here
London – Sat 15th October BOOK HERE
More locations to follow, including NW, Birmingham, Leicester and SW
This course can also be delivered at your school (One to one or small group) * ask us to quote fee
NEA1 is back!
Get support with this year’s tasks and if you have never run NEA1 before.
Join us for our NEA1 Together support meetings.
  1. Familiarise yourself with NEA 1 Food Science assessment for GCSE (15%)
  2. Top tips on this year’s tasks (released on 1st September), useful resources and links
  3. Understand how to plan for the assessment process and plan the autumn term to prepare your candidates.
  4. Q&A
Details of each date are below
Thurs 8th Sept 7pm EDUQAS:   DETAILS HERE  
 
Mon 12th Sept 4.30pm OCR:   DETAILS HERE  
 
Mon 12th Sept 7pm AQA:   DETAILS HERE
 
Tues 13th Sept 4.30 AQA:   DETAILS HERE 
 
Sat 17th Sept AQA Live in Taunton tbc
 
Tues 20th Sept 4.30pm EDUQAS:   DETAILS HERE  
 
Weds 21st Sept 7pm AQA:   DETAILS HERE  
ALL meetings are recorded and will be uploaded to the NEA TOGETHER traning room, if you miss these dates.
As well as the live meeting your ticket also includes access for ONE YEAR to the NEA TOGETHER training room
Our on-line training room has pre-recorded training videos on how to prepare yourself and candidates for NEA 1 and NEA 2, how to carry it out, and mark and moderate NEA. AND revision ideas for the written paper
There are many GUIDES to choose from: all at your own pace, unlimited access for one year.
GUIDES TO CHOOSE FROM:
  • Planning and Preparing for NEA1 (Food Science)
  • Planning and Preparing for NEA 2 (Practical Skills)
  • Giving Generic Feedback
  • Marking and Moderating NEA 1 (Food Science)
  • Marking and Moderating NEA 2 (Practical Skills)
  • Using NEA Marking to improve teaching
  • Written Paper: Creating a Revision Plan and Revision Strategies
  • Written Paper : Command Words and High Mark Questions
  • Certificate of Completion
Each Guide has a pre-recorded 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.
REVIEWS FROM TEACHERS
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.
Results day – What to do next?
If your results are not what you expected?
There will be a chance to give feedback to OFQUAL as part of their teacher’s survey. Look out for the link in the Facebook group.
You should also discuss with your exams officer and follow any complaints process in school and for the exam board.
If you want to fine-tune your results next year, here are some suggestions:
  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 or NEA Adviser 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 assessment 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 todayNEA
    Together training room. This is a £20 donation. 
  • 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:
  • 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 ro look for the Mentorship tab in the group..
Looking for training – for KS3, GCSE, H&C, Food Safety in classrooms, Food Science?
We have a wide range of on-line courses, from exam course support, to KS3 360,  Food Safety, Food Science and Technician Toolkit.
Best wishes
from
Food Teachers Centre team
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  • creative and innovative ideas and action
  • practical solutions
  • learning and sharing

 

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