March 2024 Newsletter

Food Teachers Centre
March/Easter 2024 News
Helping to recruit more food teachers
Where are all the food teachers?
The issue of food teacher recruitment and retention is a serious issue. Every week we can see adverts for positions in the TES, as well as in the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group. It’s fantastic that we have such a demand for jobs … but where are the new recruits coming from and how do they know how to become a food teacher?
We’re thrilled to let you know that we will be launching a new promotional campaign next academic year to help address this issue. This is being supported by the Savoy Educational Trust.
We will launch a TeachFood social media campaign to promote and encourage more people to enter the secondary school food teaching profession. The campaign aims to highlight the positive aspects of food teaching. Case studies will be used to promote entry, using teachers from various background. The social media campaign will be boosted through platforms, extending its reach.
Can you help us? If you are new to teaching, we’d love to hear from you. We want to build a collection of case studies and statements to help encourage others to join the profession. This might be a short video or a photo and quote.
The campaign is due to launch in September, so if you can support please contact us as soon as you can to engage! Thank you! Email us today:
Launching  NEW High Level Food Skills
On-line course ONLY £30
High-Level Food Skills – improve your exam grades.
Now that the practical NEA sessions are over and marking started, it’s a chance to regroup and consider any changes and updates in the way you teach skills next year.
  1. Where did your candidates lose practical marks?
  2. Did they have enough high level skills in their dishes?
  3. Can you build in more essential  HIGH LEVEL skills for your upcoming Y10?
To support, we’ve just launched a High-level Food Skills online course for teachers. The course is designed to enhance your own food skills, so that when you are teaching Key Stage 4 food (GCSE or H&C), you are imparting food skills with greater accuracy and precision. The course covers: sauces, bread, pasta, pastry, meat, fish and presentation skills – all delivered through 39 videos, with recipes too!
To find out more about this training CLICK HERE 
This training is on-line, on demand, start anytime, train at your own pace.
Unlimited access to the course. Use the resources with your classes.
ONLY £30
Need Vegan High Level  Skills?
Teaching pupils who follow a vegan diet? Want all candidates to perform at the highest level on plant-based or vegan/vegetarian NEA tasks?
Check out this higher-level vegan course –  BOTH OPTIONS ONLY £180
  • On demand on line (at your pace) CLICK HERE
  • On line LIVE Weds night series 7pm- 8.15pm May-June CLICK HERE
  • In person practical days (DUO with Affordable Foods course too, at various locations CLICK HERE  ONLY £275, includes two full resource packs.
Need help to meet the May marking deadline?
Hundreds of teachers were marking together in March at over 30 regional meetings that we held.
You can still catch up and get help on-line with our ‘NEA TOGETHER’ training for H&C and GCSE HERE
ONLY £20 donation for 12 months support
‘Everything Food’ Bookings open NOW
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June
ONLY £40
Everything Food – Your CPD lifeline
It’s been a busy few terms, but it’s important to stay up-to-date, reflect on your own practice, see what’s new and (hopefully) get motivated too!
Join us for a new two-day event – ‘Everything Food’ teaching. It will bring together inspirational speakers on a variety of topics, including curriculum planning, learning, subject specific knowledge, practical work, resources and much, much more. It’s open to food teachers (trainees, early career, non-specialist and experienced) and technicians. Why not plan a CPD session together?
There’s already over 30 sessions planned over 2-days (which you can watch at a later date as a team), all for just £40 per school ticket!
Get more info and highlights CLICK HERE


Join the Food Teachers Centre for our must-attend online event, in a new format over two days!
  • ‘Everything
    food’ teaching brings together inspirational speakers on a variety of
    topics, including learning, subject specific knowledge, practical work,
    resources and much, much more.
  • Follow
    themes and threads throughout the two-days, supporting your own CPD.
  • Dip
    ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the two-day programme to suit your needs.
  • Join
    networking rooms with other food teachers, technicians, teacher trainers
    and food leaders to further discuss presentations and share best practice
  • Get
    access to the entire programme, post event.
  • A
    Food Teachers Centre CPD certificate of attendance will be provided.


Fish HERO offers:
– FREE Fish teacher training
– FREE student masterclasses
– FREE Fish delivered ‘Fish from the Chippy’
Fish HeroTeacher Training dates
Sat 20th April
Sat 11th May
To find out more and register for the FREE training, click here.  
Free Fish delivered to your local Chip shop 
Book frozen fish delivery for May, June or July
Artificial Intelligence In Food education
Missed our last AI in food session, or keen to move up to the next level?
Our AI food sessions are open now – why not get involved and see what potential AI has for you! For many, it has already saved them time and provides another tool to create lessons, differentiated content and assessments!
Introducing AI – a 1-hour overview of the potential of AI in food education. Includes detailed overview of AI in food education examples, which supporting notes provided. Available as catch-up now!
Integrating AIjoin us for a 3-hour workshop, 26 June. The course provides a comprehensive exploration of integrating AI tools in food education, featuring hands-on workshops and deep dives into AI tools. You will gain practical insights into integrating AI into their teaching practices, enhancing the learning experience for both educators and students.
For tickets CLICK HERE


On-Line Workshop:
 Integrating AI in Food Education 
  • 26th June 2024  2-5pm
This workshop introduces you into the potential use of AI in food education. It focuses on how it could save you time and increase effectiveness, support your planning and teaching, and enhance pupil learning and experience. The pros and cons of AI will be discussed, as well as how to talk to pupils about its appropriate use.


Staff supporting food lessons
Food Technicians and Support Staff Training
Technicians are a vital part of any Food team and should be used in that context.
Larger classes, and shorter lessons requires a technician who can support the teacher and enhance teaching and learning.
They deserve CPD as part of their Performance Management and Food Technicians and Support Staff Training is designed just for them.
Join like-minded Secondary Food Technicians and Support Staff for this one-day course to share best practice, top tips and great ideas.
There is a Face-to-Face Food Technicians and Support Staff Event in OLDHAM on Monday 15th April 2024 10.00 – 15.00.  ONLY £125
  • The role of the technician
  • Setting up practical lessons, demonstrations, sensory testing, food investigation.
  • How to support the teacher and students during practical exams
  • Supporting smaller groups of students
  • Managing the food room
  • Health and safety
The day includes practical activities, resources, and certification plus 12 months mentor support.  More information and BOOK here
Alternatively the training is available online BOOK here
For more information contact

You can also gets lots of free guidance in our Technicians Guide No. 30 Technicians and Support Staff

Need help with KS3 Assessment?

Food Assessment Standardised Tasks (FAST) gives an overview of, and practical support for, assessment within food education at Key Stage 3. FAST not only explains the theory and practice of food education assessment, but provides standardised tests and tasks for Years 7, 8 and 9 which can be embedded into your curriculum. It combines teacher CPD with classroom resources.

  • a differentiated ‘food’ learning framework for Key Stage 3, i.e. what will be taught at each Year, which acts as the basis for assessment (which can be used to audit what you teach)
  • baseline tests for Years 7, 8 and 9, helping you understand pupils’ previous relevant knowledge
  • ‘Learning journals’ for pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9, allowing them to record what they learn (as well as tell you what they already know and can do)
  • a Food equipment proficiency worksheet
  • differentiated standardised tests for the end of Year 7, 8 and 9 learning – multiple choice and open questions, with marking guides
  • differentiated standardised practical tasks for the end of Year 7, 8 and 9 learning, with presentations, pupil booklets, marking sheets and recipes
  • a ‘question and answer’ bank (multiple-choice and open questions), for you to use to build your own tests – just cut ‘n’ paste
  • certificates, featuring the Food Teachers Centre logo for external recognition.
This resource and full CPD package for all KS3 year groups is ONLY £150.
Need help with teaching food science in cooking sessions?
Recipe Led Food Science – on line CPD and easy to use resource pack is just what you need!
More details and BOOK HERE ONLY £60.
Eight short, illustrated presentations will take you through these essential food science topics and frequently asked food science questions for KS3.
  1. shortening
  2. dextrinisation
  3. caramelisation
  4. coagulation
  5. gelatinisation
  6. enzymic browning,
  7. fermentation
Taking 12 – 15 minutes, each presentation will show recipes most likely to help the delivery of this food science concept, explain the food science and function of ingredients and highlight further learning opportunities. The aim is to increase teacher confidence in delivering basic food science during practical food sessions whilst students are cooking.
Recipe led food science is a short, half day course ( 2 – 3 hours). It can be divided into short 15 minute topic-led sessions. It is an on-demand, self paced course.
This online course guides the teaching of food science via practical food preparation by:
  • Identifying and linking key food science terms to recipes
  • Explaining the food science behind the key term
  • Exploring various ways to show food science in practical lessons and enrich schemes of work
  • Guidance for further study
  • Review of basic food science for Key Stage 3.
Affordable Food Lessons for All – FREE UPDATE
We’ve updated Affordable Food Lessons for All.

💷KS3 recipes & tips on healthy tasty dishes to cook, being mindful of cost.

🛒We analysed 89 ingredients in 3 supermarkets in Jan ‘24 – checking 267 prices! Phew!

🥰Updated & added at no extra cost.

🍏More information and order here 

ONLY £48.00


Complete Resource Pack and on-line training in how to use it.


  • 24 recipes for around £20* TOTAL for KS3 (11-14 years)
  • Suggested recipes – Year 7: £5.72, Year 8: £6.17, Year 9: £8.45*
  • All recipes can be cooked in 60 min or less lessons
  • Tried and tested, loved by students
  • Progression in key skills across the set of recipes for KS3
  • Contributes to a healthy diet and meets current guidelines for healthy eating
  • Life-skills for students and their families and tips to reduce costs further
  • Spreadsheet costing to share with Senior Leaders and justify funding bids, with updated costs (Jan 2024)
  • Spreadsheet template to adapt or update recipes made simple
(*updated costs – Jan 2024)
Do join us at our Face to face events – Affordable Food and Vegan HIgh Skills DUO HERE



Vegan High Level Skills – 6 week course
This Vegan High Level Skills course provides teacher CPD and teaching resources to use in lessons. It is aimed at exam level courses (such as Hospitality and Catering L1-2 WJEC, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, NCFE Food and Cookery Technical Award).

Overview of the course

6 practical fast track sessions, plus access to all the complete on-line training and teaching resources , including videos, recipes, slide presentations (unlimited access).
Each session will take you through a demonstration of high skilled vegan recipe, a food science explainer for the recipe and ingredients used and planning tips to meet exam board requirements, and legal protection for vegan learners and staff.
All sessions are recorded for catch up.

Join 6x LIVE ON-LINE workshops :

Wednesdays 7- 8.30pm.

8th May, 15th May, 22nd May

5th June, 12th June, 19th June

Recording available afterwards – don’t worry if you miss one
Example:  Session 1  8th May Aiming High
An overview of why and how we should be planning to include vegan cookery and food choices from several viewpoints.

Examination performance – what the exam boards group as high-level skills for vegans and non-vegans.

Vegan recipe choices that provide clear alternatives and equal access to those in exam board exemplar lists.

Developing school policies and food lesson policies that are inclusive of vegans and meet their entitlement to a full curriculum as they hold ‘protected characteristics’.

Part 1 Essential Guidance: policy and planning to meet the needs and legal requirements of students who are vegan.
  • Inclusive Vegan School Policy – the Vegan Society
  • School Case Study: Vegan Policy – Phillip Friend
  • Aiming HIgh – What are high level skills? – Louise Davies
Part 2 Step by Step Recipe Demonstration : Aquafaba Pavlova, Mango and Passion Fruit, Salted Caramel Sauce and Caramel Shards with Leith’s Cookery Academy
Part 3 Explainer presentation: Vegan Meringue. What it is, what ingredients are used and what needs to change to make it vegan and the science behind it. With Fiona Mather
All videos, slide decks, recipes are available for your use in class.

What teachers have said about this course

“The Vegan course is superb, so detailed and regardless of starting point is accessible to everyone. It’s another quality resource produced by The Food Teachers Centre and is certainly something I’ll be using with both our vegan students and indeed meat-eating students. Worth every penny.”
“The resources that come with this will make such a difference to my GCSE lessons. So much food science to link with the great recipes. The video clips make it very accessible to our students for flip learning too. Thank you for making CPD enjoyable!”
“A brilliant course which informs how to plan and build a food practical curriculum which is interesting, develops practical skills and is affordable along with preparing a range of high skill dishes which are suitable for vegans. Supporting not only the development of a Key Stage 3 curriculum but also up skill to be used within Key Stage 4.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to practice High level skills, especially working with aquafaba. The volume of resources curated is very much appreciated and will be a huge asset for teaching and learning.”
Produced with support from Leith’s Cookery Academy, Pro-Veg UK, The Vegan Society and practising food teachers, such as Phillip Friend, this course is led by Food Teachers Centre Ambassador – Fiona Mather, and Founder – Louise Davies.
If you cannot attend these dates- this course is also available on line for learn at your pace – DETAILS
 Tunnocks TeaCake Challenge
Closing date 24th May 2024


A challenge for your students to have a bit of fun whilst practising their plating up techniques and win prizes too!



There has been quite a lot of chatter recently, where members have been using the ideas for the Teacake Challenge in their lessons. The reasons why they are using them is because there is no planning needed – everything is planned ready for the teacher. The great thing is that students can have a bit of fun whilst practising their plating up techniques & win prizes too!
All Food Teachers Centre Facebook group members are automatically given access to the Tunnock’s Challenge Facebook group, where they can upload their school entries, and find all of the rules and T & Cs.
There is also a dedicated resource folder full of all of the ‘ready to go’ resources for running the Challenge in your schools.
If have recently joined us, then do have a look at the Challenge and see how beneficial it can be.
This years Challenge will close for entries on 24th May , so do start to get your entries in! We are really looking forward to seeing them.


How do I enter my school? You will find everything you need in the above folder. The challenge closes on 24th May 2024. There is also a Facebook group just for the Challenge , you are automatically a member 



Looking for training?
Visit our website HERE
Our full programme is published here
Best wishes
Food Teachers Centre team
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  • creative and innovative ideas and action
  • practical solutions
  • learning and sharing


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