Measuring up – food assessment at Key Stage 3

Saturday 1 July 9am-1.30pm

Join the Food Teachers Centre and inspirational speakers for this national food and nutrition education conference. This event focuses on successful assessment strategies at Key Stage 3 – from theory to practice, providing practical solutions and ideas to use directly in your teaching to support learning. 

Ross McGill, TeacherToolkit, is the keynote speaker, plus there are presentations from experienced teacher trainers and practicing teachers to inspire you. After the event you will have access to the presentations, support notes and exemplar materials.

In addition, attendance also includes COMPLIMENTARY access to Food Assessment Standardised Tasks (FAST) training resource, developed by Louise T Davies and Roy Ballam (available from 1 July ’23). The FAST resource will be launched in September 2023, costing £150.

The event aims to:

  • demystify assessment – from theory to practical implementation 
  • set out the context and rationale for food teaching and learning assessment, including practical lessons 
  • highlight best practice by practicing teachers 
  • outline strategies for assessment implementation and monitoring – big picture to pupil 1-2-1
  • review assessment ideas for practical cooking activities 
  • explore practical ways in which a variety of assessment strategies can be used together
  • look at, and sign-post to, useful resources and materials to support food teaching and learning.

Why attend?

  1. Learn more about assessment and ensure you are following best-practice. 
  2. Get take-away strategies and tips to implement directly back at school.
  3. Listen to a range of inspirational speakers.
  4. Join like-minded food teachers who want to (and do!) make a difference.
  5. Focus on, and support, your own professional development – a certificate of attendance is provided as evidence.
  6. Receive a digital package of support based on the day – including the NEW Assessment package (worth £150).
  7. Attend from the comfort of your home (less time and money traveling).

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Measuring up – food assessment at Key Stage 3


Session 1: Keynote – context, theory and application

Opening address will be given by Ross McGill, Teacher Toolkit. 

Session 2: Assessment in action – practitioner led insights  

This session comprises five interrelated areas of focus which will be considered through an assessment lens:

  1. Planning what will be taught over a series of lessons – choosing key content, concepts and documents; being clear about planning for progression
  2. Building on what students already know – knowing your students (strengths and weaknesses); building on what students know; strategies that work
  3. Moving each student forward in a busy practical class – new learning, checking progress and tracking; making learning stick
  4. Showing and demonstrating what they have learners and can do – testing and practice assessments; practical assessments; opportunities for students to bring together what they know
  5. Supporting students with SEND – individual learner needs; choosing focus for lessons.

Real life experiences and case studies will be shared, along with exemplar handouts, worksheets and activity ideas.

These will be presented by:

  • Food Teachers Centre Ambassadors and teachers: Fiona Mather, Adele James, Deborah Prigg and Sharon Blunden
  • Plus:  Steph Reid, Lloyd Henry, Laura McGreevy, Adrienne Gristwood, Emily Bucknall, Mary Campbell, Lisa Othon, Stuart Thompson and Sarah Badzire. 

Session 3: The theory of practice – making sense of the why?

Join Sue Parker-Morris, University of Worcester, and Karen Fuller, Manchester Metropolitan University, to explore the theory behind the practitioner led insights. They will use their experience in teacher training to exemplify best practice, as well as use real-life training case studies to look at how assessment could be improved.

In addition, Frances Meek, British Nutrition Foundation, highlights useful resources to support different areas of assessment, including progression and student self-assessment.

Session 4: Introducing the new FAST resource 

The last session introduces the new Food Assessment Standardised Tasks (FAST) resource, developed and written by Louise T Davies and Roy Ballam. The FAST training resource not only explains the theory and practice of food education assessment, but comprises assessment resources for Years 7, 8 and 9  which can be immediately embedded into your curriculum. Louise and Roy will introduce the new resource – highlighting access, and the training and downloadable materials available. 

The FAST resource includes:

  • a training guide, providing presentations with support information and guidance
  • assessment 101 overview, specifically related to food education 
  • detailed testing and monitoring tasks for Years 7, 8 and 9
  • a question bank
  • certificates for students 
  • an action planner.

Session 5: Plenary – 10 Next steps

Louise T Davies and Roy Ballam bring the event to a close by summarising the learnings around KS3 assessment – focusing on 10 steps for action.