Food Teachers Centre May 2015 Newsletter

Food Teachers Centre   May 2015
What does voting on 7th May mean for school food? – check it out
Do you have a technician working with you? Lucky you!! Please get them to sign up if they are interested in specialist food technician training. And read our latest blog here.
LAUNCHING!  Recipes for new GCSE  2016
With the new GCSE coming along in 2016, the one thing we all need are recipes that work in one hour, that provide the key GCSE skills and gain good marks.  Rather than re-invent the wheel or spend weeks trying them all out, we are gathering that set of KEY RECIPES and are going to make them available to the Food Teachers Centre Community – free of charge –
For more information look out for our launch on Facebook and in this newsletter. 
Thank you to all the Food Teachers Centre Associates that have volunteered their time to make this a reality.  And thanks to all the teachers that are willing to share their best recipes.
Your presenters for the day will be Louise T Davies and Simon Gray
Your last chance to book this series….. last places remaining
FUTURE FOOD:  New Look KS3 and GCSE events
These days have two workshops
  • Meat and Fish practical workshop , covering many of the more complex skills to get you ready for the new GCSE and get the top grades in the current specifications
  • National update ‘Where is the subject heading at KS3 and KS4, including new developments for KS3, GCSE and School Food
Thursday 21st May Bracknell  Book here
Friday 22nd May Birmingham  SOLD OUT
Thursday 11th June Birmingham Book here
Friday 12th June Cheam, Surrey  Book here
These events at £150+VAT, plus full access to a digital delegate folder with all the information you need.
You can view all our events on our Eventbrite page

If you were not able to come to our BETTER FOOD TEACHING national face to face in London (Feb 2015), there is a digital ticket. This gives you access to all the presentations, handouts, and resources used over the two days, plus videos of key presentations.


“It was a positive event that promoted pro-activity; the presenters focused on acknowledging that there are problems and provided ways to solve them – reflecting the reality of the world at the moment and not just teaching. ”


“New information, insight into new curriculum, new experiences and stimulus from experts who you would never see in your normal teaching conferences or experiences within schools!”


“The best CPD for food teachers”


  • Are you starting the new GCSE with your Y9s this September?
  • Do you need to brush up on your gelatinisation, caramelisation, dextinisation, aeration, plasticity and emulsification?
  • Looking for the best way to teach making fresh pasta, and variations on choux pastry
Join these days with expert advice on how to make your teaching accurate, fun and engaging.
  • Learn new practical skills or  refresh yourself and gain confidence for the new GCSE
  • Gain valuable advice on common mistakes and what to look out for
  • Think about planning – both for the new GCSE and  fine-tuning your KS3 so that it prepares your pupils well
  • Consider what resources you will need and find out where all the current free useful ones can be found
Everyone joining these courses receives access to a delegate digital folder, so that you can access the presentations, handouts, worksheets, food science activities, recipes and much more advice and guidance.
Bookings are open, But PLACES ARE LIMITED, due to the pracical nature of the days. These events are £165 +VAT
Mon 8th June, Cornwall
Tues 23rd June, Hampshire
Tues 23rd June, Bedford
Weds 24th June, London **
Fri 26th June, Dartford 
Tues 30th June, Liverpool
Weds 1st July, Northampton
Fri 3rd July, Somerset
Tues 7th July, Cambridge
Fri 10th July, Newport (Wales)
Your presenters for these days will be  Barbara Monks, Julie Messenger, Simon Gray and Joe Mann, together with Louise Davies (London/Liverpool)
** The Cow, Westfield Stratford MASTERCLASS

In London to accompany your training on Weds 24th, we are offering restaurant MASTERCLASS and lunch on Tuesday 23rd or Thursday 25th.  This includes a kitchen tour, exploring the food production and systems they use, demonstration of key GCSE practical skills, old classics and new choices across the seasons, discussion of menu development,  tasting and Lunch. On hand, will be an experienced host to discuss any GCSE issues, together with a small group of like-minded teachers.  Check out the venue

 £40 +VAT

Autumn term events will follow, which will continue to enable you to develop your GCSE knowledge and skills.

Textiles in Practice CPD events 
Our sister group has some fantastic summer textiles events called  Textiles in Practice’. Some are at the same venues on the same date as our food events – ask us if you want to mix and match.
Training dates for this term include
June 24th London,
June 30th Liverpool
July 7th Birmingham
Food Teachers Centre Gala Dinner
We are thinking of planning a Gala Dinner for food teachers.  If you are interested, we have posted up a short set of questions and a place where you can register that you are interested – no obligation at all.
Find the survey and registration here
Joining the Closed Facebook group
We have two opportunities to join us on facebook – one is a public page for everyone to ‘LIKE’. The other is a closed group only for food teachers and trainee teachers.
The closed group to protect the conversations within the food teaching community only.  Once you have requested to join we will send you a message and ask that you confirm the current school you work in and we will check that this matches our records. Please check your ‘other’ inbox folder, as this message may go there if you have a secure account.
How to find your Inbox ‘other folder from your mobile device or laptop.
Once cleared to join the group you accept our guidelines of participation.
Did you miss last month’s newsletter?  – Get April News here 
Wishing you a successful summer term, and good luck in the exams to all of your pupils
Do you know another food teacher?
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We look forward to seeing you at our next events
Best wishes
Louise T Davies, (Founder Food Teachers Centre)
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