Food Teachers Centre
August 2023 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 of all food teachers this past year, in challenging circumstances.
VOCATIONAL COURSE RESULTS
This is the last year of the legacy WJEC H&C, so we look forward to hearing how the candidates performed. The national results are not accessible publicly to make national comparisions. There are general reports here. So we will update you in our September newsletter. But WJEC H&C senior examiners report is available here.
GCSE Results – reported by OFQUAL
The National Average for Food Preparation and Nutrition 2023 is 66.1%.
This compares to 2022: 72.6%, and in 2019: 64.5% (Grades 4-9).
Whilst grades have been aligned post C19 with 2019 as indicated by OFQUAL, they are overall above 2019 levels.
And GOOD NEWS – we see a steady rise in the number taking GCSE to over 51,000.
Females outperform males once again
Compare your results to your county average:
Pass (Grades 4-9 by area)
Number of candidates (by area)
Please complete our survey of GCSE and vocational exam results to help us to support you!
The Community has been going for 10 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.
Results day – What to do next?
If your results are not what you expected?
You should 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:
4. Seek help to improve your teaching and preparation of students
Is the attainment gap widening in your school – get help here……
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.
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.
Join GCSE BOOST
On-Line training focused on improving grades 1-4 in Food Prep and Nutrition
Get support with this year’s tasks and if you have never run NEA before.
Only £20 (for 12 months) *NEW*
For all GCSE boards and L1-2 H&C
Join us for our NEA Together support meetings.
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 (GCSE) and NEA (H&C), how to carry it out, and mark and moderate NEA.
Gain confidence in food science with our on-line and on demand tutorials.
High Level Skills means better grades!
Join our Vegan High Level Skills (face to face or on-line) *NEW*
For GCSE, H&C and NCFE
Need help with WJEC-EDUQAS Hospitality and Catering?
Join our on-demand course.
Looking for an alternative (Non P8) instead of GCSE or H&C?
Join our BTEC Home Cooking Skills on-line training
Teaching KS4 for the first time?
Join our AUGUST on-line support meetings
New to Teaching Hospitality & Catering Meeting Thursday 31st August 2023 7pm.
New to Teaching GCSE Food Prep and Nutrition Meeting Tues 29th August 2023 7pm.
First 100 attendees (no booking required) it is recorded if you miss it.
Doors open 6.50pm.
Teaching KS3 for the first time?
Face to Face practical day Foundations in Food
*NEW* Foundations in Food
Practical Face to Face Course
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
Improving approaches to assessment in KS3 supports better results at KS4.
*NEW* – Food Assessment Standardised tasks
Looking for other staff training? – for KS3, Food Safety accreditation and support staff training.
We have a wide range of on-line courses, from exam course support, to KS3 360, Food Safety and Technician Training and Toolkit.