Food Teachers Centre November 2023 News

Join us promoting #FoodEdToday
What is #FoodEdToday?
Over the next few terms, we want the world to know about real food teaching in schools! It’s an opportunity to promote positive aspects of our subject and raise its profile and status. We want to open a window on modern food teaching to all – showing the public what pupils do and why it’s a brilliant subject.
To help spread the great food work in schools, we’re simply asking you to post on social media what you do. Check out and use your school social media channels. Use the #FoodEdToday hashtag – we can then like and repost you!
Remember to tag us … here’s where we are:
Need inspiration for what to post?
Consider what makes great food education in your school. Think about all the different areas of food education, such as healthy eating, food science, where food comes from, and cooking.
You could post about pupils:
  • looking at displays and demonstrations
  • performing food science experiments
  • tasting foods
  • exploring the Eatwell guide
  • reading food labels
  • undertaking nutrition analysis
  • investigating where food comes from
  • cooking dishes from around the world.
We have provided a SIMPLE GUIDE HERE
Our Food Teachers Centre programme of support is published here 
Your professional development matters
This professional development update highlights the fantastic range of learning opportunities provided by the Food Teachers Centre – just for you, based on the needs of busy food teachers. We listen to what you need and act swiftly to provide great training that’s pragmatic and in the context of food teaching – developed and delivered by existing/ex- food teachers. We also support those who support food teaching, such as technicians, and provide food safety training.
Our courses are delivered in several formats, including:
  • In person, especially when developing practical food skills
  • Online live events, which are recorded and you have access for one year after purchase
  • Online, where you go through the course at your own pace, in your own time.
Making a case to request training
When making a case to request training, consider how it will benefit the school, pupils and you. Professional development takes many forms, including the courses, events and publications presented by the FTC.
For example, you may wish to consider how the training you want supports the following:
  • school development plans
  • personal development targets
  • supports high quality teaching and pupil learning
  • subject knowledge enhancement
  • mastering practical food skills
  • managing the subject
  • enhancing pupil engagement
  • diversity and cultural inclusivity
  • focusing on assessment and/or differentiation strategies
  • using new resources and technologies
  • improving examination results
  • developing leadership skills
  • compliance, e.g. food safety certification
  • staying informed and relevant.
Our full programme is published here
Mighty Mussels soon to arrive at 250 schools
In the next few weeks 250 schools will be getting fresh mussels delivered by logistics experts @dfdsgroup. Giving the pupils the opportunity to cook & taste seafood. 
They will be using their delivery know-how to get 2000kg of fresh mussels to 250 schools around the UK! This enables us all to work more with the school community & get kids cooking. Can’t wait for the deliveries to start – the results will be delicious!
Watch this space! @FoodTCentre @FishmongersCo
And your school can join the fun of our other fish programmes, such as Fish from the Chippy – all FREE
Get everyday help from our Facebook GUIDES section
There is some amazing work shared in the on line community – our closed facebook groupPeople might assume that its ‘just a Facebook group’, but it houses free CPD, training and best practice.
We have curated some of the best content, for our most frequently asked questions and most needed support – and grouped them under the GUIDES for eacy access.
There are nearly 30 GUIDES to support you through the year. So we thought we would share some quick links to those topics in this newsletter
Let us know the best way to help us get you the CPD you need – a quick survey
We want to make sure we are helping you as much as possible.
Please tell us the times and formats of training that suit you – twilight, day time, saturdays – face to face or on-line.
We would love to hear from you – its a very short survey
We will be giving away four free training places to those who respond, this is via a prize draw at the end of November.
Get ready for GCSE exam tasks with NEA 2 Together On-Line training



There are two parts to this training!

Part 1

This ticket provides access to a live meeting see the dates and times and exam board available BELOW.
This is also recorded, if you miss it or would like to watch later.


  1. Process and marking criteria for NEA 2
  2. Exam Board specific resources for NEA 2
  3. Set tasks and initial thoughts on them
  4. Dishes – possible
  5. Things to consider / have in place
  6. Top Tips for setting up the final practical session
  7. Further help / resources
  8. Additional training available
  9. Q&A

Part 2.

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.

To access the
NEA TOGETHER 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.

There are many GUIDES to choose from: all at your own pace, unlimited access for one year.

  • Planning and Preparing for NEA1 (Food Science)
  • Planning for AQA NEA 1 tasks (2023-24)
  • Planning for EDUQAS NEA 1 tasks (2023-24) 
  • Planning for OCR NEA 1 tasks (2023-24)
  • Planning and Preparing for NEA 2 (Practical Skills)
  • Marking and Moderating NEA 1 (Food Science)
  • Marking and Moderating NEA 2 (Practical Skills)
  • Useful teaching resources for NEA
  • Using NEA Marking and Moderators reports to improve teaching
  • Certificate of Completion
In addition for WJEC Hospitality and Catering L1-2 we have
  • New to Teaching H&C
  • Plannng for NEA tasks (released Sept 2023)
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 through dedicated CHAT ROOMS for each board 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.
Time to practice presentation skills ready for those NEA photos
Tunnocks TeaCake Challenge provide the perfect opportunity to practice presentation skills.
This year’s theme: ‘The four elements’


What is this? 
A challenge for your students to have a bit of fun whilst practising their plating up techniques and win prizes too!
Can any pupil take part? 
Yes, there are categories for all ages.
I don’t think I have time to plan for this? 
There is a folder full of all the resources you will need in order to run the challenge, ready just to pick up and go. Look here
How do I enter? 
You will find everything you need in the above folder.
The challenge closes on 24th May 2024.


Last years winners!  Fabulous inspiring work
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.
Best wishes
Food Teachers Centre team
Volunteer Associates  and Ambassadors throughout the UK with a passion for ‘Better Food Teaching’.
The Food Teachers Centre is a place of:
  • creative and innovative ideas and action
  • practical solutions
  • learning and sharing


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