Food Teachers Centre Newsletter August 2023


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.
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)


County Total number of pass grades awarded in
Percentage 4-9  grade in county
Bedfordshire 635 63.8
Berkshire 1,155 68.7
Buckinghamshire 1,010 63.2
Cambridgeshire 825 68.7
Cheshire 950 73.4
Cornwall 475 51.9
County of Bristol 350 69
Cumbria 525 70.4
Derbyshire 1,000 62.2
Devon 1,380 68.6
Dorset 885 74.7
Durham 580 71.3
East Riding of Yorkshire 605 57.9
East Sussex 985 57.8
Essex 1,770 63.8
Gloucestershire 1,140 68.7
Greater London 5,115 66.5
Greater Manchester 2,515 63.6
Hampshire 2,385 60.6
Herefordshire 320 65.2
Hertfordshire 1,610 73
Isle of Wight 170 53.5
Kent 1,635 69.6
Lancashire 1,555 67.7
Leicestershire 1,200 62.1
Lincolnshire 995 64.4
Merseyside 770 57.6
Norfolk 760 65.2
North Yorkshire 1,190 71
Northamptonshire 900 57.2
Northumberland 270 49.6
Nottinghamshire 880 68
Oxfordshire 755 71.1
Rutland 85 73.3
Shropshire 680 56.5
Somerset 1,255 68.2
South Yorkshire 910 73.7
Staffordshire 920 64.5
Suffolk 990 61.1
Surrey 1,485 72.6
Tyne and Wear 550 71.2
Warwickshire 765 68.1
West Midlands 2,175 64.4
West Sussex 1,005 66.7
West Yorkshire 1,800 69.5
Wiltshire 785 66.5
Worcestershire 835 64.7


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.

GCSE EXAM Results survey


VOCATIONAL Course Exam Results survey 
LINK here
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:
  1. Read the Moderators
     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
    the teaching and assessment of the GCSE/Vocational Courses.  Turn this into an action
    plan to discuss with your senior leaders and exam officers. This should
    • 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 (GCSE) and NEA(H&C)
    • 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 GCSE and NEA H&C (1st Sept) and NEA 2 GCSE (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 below:


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.
  • 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 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.


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.
  1. Familiarise yourself with NEA 1 Food Science assessment for GCSE (15%) and NEA for Hospitality and Catering (60%).
  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
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?



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
  • 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


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.
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