New online training course

The latest online training course, Food spoilage, hygiene and safety, is now available. The course, usually priced at £45, is FREE for the first 1,000 registrants. The course focuses on food spoilage, food poisoning, food safety, food preservation and how we use microorganisms.

To secure your training place, click here.

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Characteristics of good practice in teaching food and nutrition education

The Characteristics of good practice in teaching food and nutrition education guide defines and exemplifies key characteristics that are specific to teaching secondary school food and nutrition across the UK and highlights how they can be put into practice.

For more information and to download the guide, click here.

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Licence to Cook videos

The Licence to Cook videos comprise a series of short films for secondary pupils covering a range food and cooking skills. These include preparing ingredients, using flour, making a sauce and using equipment.

To view the videos, click here.

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BNF Healthy Eating Week 2020 – registration open!

This year’s BNF Healthy Eating Week will take place from 8-12 June 2019. Mark the Week on your nursery or school planner now! Registration is quick and easy and will ensure you are the first to receive the latest information and resources to help you plan your Week. To register now, click here.

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National food and nutrition education conference 2020

The second Food – a fact of life National food and nutrition conference for primary and secondary teachers will take place on 1 February 2020. This half day conference is being offered to teachers at a greatly subsidised rate of £20 (including VAT) per person and includes refreshments and a light lunch. For more information and to register for the conference.

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Skill-a-long’ – a practical webinar for primary teachers

Come and join our 30 minute ‘Skill–a-long’ on 15 October at 16.00. This will be a practical webinar where participants will be encouraged to simultaneously try out the food skills being demonstrated and discussed. Why not get all staff to participate in this session in place of your weekly staff meeting? To find out more and book your free place.

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Back to school: healthy eating and food safety teaching resources

FSS Education Marketing Manager, Tanya Olmeda-Hodge, writes about our education resources and the benefits they have for teachers.

As the new school year has just begun, I thought it would be a good opportunity to offer a little reminder about our range of education resources and to share some feedback from teachers who’re using them. These healthy eating and food safety activities were created by FSS experts and teachers as a ‘go to’ for food and health learning.

FSS is committed to supporting teachers to help make lesson planning easier and deliver engaging, fun content for Curriculum for Excellence food and health topics in primary and secondary schools.

Our hope is that by using these resources, children and young people will be encouraged to improve their diets and food hygiene practices.

The resources are free and can be used in a classroom and at home. Some of the activities are more hands-on such as What’s in my Basket?, where you learn about different food by answering questions, and Stop the Germs!, an experiment, discussion and worksheet to learn about bacteria and cross contamination. The resources are compatible with SmartBoards, tablets, desktops and laptops. Some activities use food cards and each topic includes teacher background notes and what you need for each activity.

Here’s some of the positive feedback we’ve received from teachers who use the activities with their classes:

Mhairi Dalglish, teacher at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, said: “I use the FSS resources for planning and teaching across health and wellbeing. It is simple to search for by age and stage using the drop-down menu, and the resources are well-organised within each stage.

“The children enjoy the lessons which vary from whole-class interactive sessions to individual tasks. I have been asked more than once for the website name so that the children can show their parents and play the games at home.”

Audrey Blair, home economics teacher at Meldrum Academy, said: “The FSS educational resources for secondary school are excellent, very easy to use and access, and extremely coherent. They are linked to the benchmarks which helps with planning courses and progression.

“The resources are not solely reliant on technology which is a good thing as it’s not always possible to access computers/laptops in every class. The …

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Making a Living From Local Food College Course

Nourish Scotland is planning a year-long full-time course with Moray College in Elgin mostly for new entrants and early stage small food businesses. Starting in early 2020, this is a SCQF Level 6 course and Scottish students can apply to the Scottish Funding Council for a fully funded place. Core modules will range from regenerative agriculture to professional food standards and business …

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Scottish Government commits to a Good Food Nation Bill in the next year

Earlier this week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Government would bring forward the Good Food Nation Bill in the next year. Nourish Scotland alongside partners in the Scottish Food Coalition are excited by the renewed commitment and are looking forward to working with the Government to ensure the bill is ambitious and robust enough to tackle the …

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More opportunities to be involved in this year’s SLF

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival will give more educators the opportunity to be involved in Scotland’s biggest education event with later opening hours, live streaming of the keynotes and catch up on some seminars on our SLF TV channel.

Register here –


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