Food a Fact of Life – Education News

Online training – Characteristics of good practice in teaching food and nutrition education (secondary)

Our new course aims to help teachers become even better food teachers. One teacher who completed the course said, “I have come away with not only inspiration to be a better teacher but a checklist of things we need to implement in our department as well as a reminder of the wealth of resources on FFL – it’s totally worth the time!”. To sign-up and secure your free training place, click here.

FFL National food and nutrition conference – 1 February 2020, London

Join us at our annual conference for keynotes on health, cooking and the environment. There will also be presentations on wheat and dairy – ideal for both primary and secondary teaching and learning, and a secondary session on boosting pupil performance. Tickets are available now at the greatly subsidised price of £20. For more information and to book, click here.

New parental engagement resources

A new set of parental engagement resources have been launched to help schools support parents and carers with promoting healthy lifestyles at home. The resources include information, activities and workshop ideas for breakfast, healthy lunchboxes, eat well, healthy hydration, activity and sleep. To view these resources, click here.

Resource spotlight: Food science investigations and activities

This month’s latest resources are our new food functions investigations. These are a series of resources that enable pupils to investigate and compare the ingredients and methods for making a variety of dishes. Teacher and pupil instructions, recipes and evaluation charts are included for each investigation. To explore these resources and the rest of our food science area,

click here.

Eat Like A Champ

ELAC offers free healthy eating lesson plans and resources for pupils aged 9-10 years (Year 5, Primary 6 or P6) across the UK. Those who sign up get free access to the Eat like A Champ digital toolkit that includes lesson plans, posters and activity cards. For more information, and to sign up,

click here.

Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP)

GYOP is a free, hands-on growing project teaching pupils aged 5-11 years all about potatoes: how they grow, where they come from and how they can fit into a healthy balanced diet. Schools that sign up before Friday 24 January 2020 receive a free growing box, containing everything they need to grow two crops of potatoes.

For more information, or to register, click here.

Learn with stories

Learn with stories, for pupils aged 5 to 11 years, follow four ‘food investigators’ as they explore healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from. Each resource pack comprises a story presentation and a series of worksheets that support cross-curricular and inter-disciplinary learning around literacy and numeracy.

To view the resources, click here.

Nutritional analysis – Explore Food

Explore Food is a free nutritional analysis tool that enables pupils to analyse a recipe or a day’s food intake. It also comes with a range of worksheets, including recipes, diets and case studies, to support the learning. To use Explore Food and the accompanying resources, click here.

Guidelines for producers and users of school education resources about food

Our Guidelines for producers and users of school education resources about food set out a series of voluntary guidelines which can be adopted as part of a good practice approach by those that produce education resources for schools about food. Teachers may find these useful when creating their own resources, or to use …

Read more

Lochend Community High School: Developing the Young Workforce

At Lochend Community High school they strive to open up opportunities for all of young people regardless of ability or background. They have a strong focus on Developing the Young Workforce across the whole school and through their links with colleges, universities, employers, local business and other organisations. They want to embed work related learning opportunities across the whole school. They continue to expand and develop skills through a range of activities in and out of the classroom with a particular focus on ‘closing the gap’. They are empowering young people to develop their skills for Life, Learning and Work. This strategy involves establishing ever-increasing local, regional, national and global partnerships to support all curricular areas to provide real- life contexts for learning.

How have they done this?

Working with young people and partners to embed opportunities and developing skills across the curriculum.

Enhance young peoples understanding of different career routes ,offering curricular programmes and regular engagement with employers.

Actively collaborate with partners to develop and deliver a curriculum that supports the development of young peoples employability and career management skills.

Reviewing the work placement model in line with the ‘Work Placement Standard’,creating bespoke opportunities tailored to the needs of all young people.

Careers Events
Allowing  young people to find out about potential employers. Young people have the opportunity to talk directly with representatives from industry and education.

HE/FE Fairs
Partnerships with City of Glasgow, Glasgow Clyde, Glasgow Kelvin, West College Scotland, GCU, UWS, UoG, Strathclyde, Stirling and Glasgow School of Art. Each year group has a short presentation and an opportunity to meet with the Further and Higher Education representatives to ask  questions about courses, entry requirements and education beyond school in general.  Parents of senior phase young people are invited to attend.

Mock Interviews
All young people are given interview skills training and mock interviews from their business partners.

Salters Chemistry Festival
In partnership with University of Glasgow, Salters Chemistry and Royal Society of Chemistry, young people are given experience of working in a working laboratory carrying out investigations and experiments.

Chemistry Careers Event
In partnership with Glasgow Science Centre, UWS and Royal Society of Chemistry young people learn about laboratory techniques, discuss career pathways and alternative routes into careers in Chemistry

STEM Glasgow/Jacobs Engineering Challenge
In partnership with DYW Glasgow, West Partnership, Glasgow City Council and Jacobs Engineering young people are involved in real life engineering challenges. Working  with partners to create a solution to plastic pollution while investigating and learning about careers in the sector.

Young people have the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying STEM related subjects can lead to rewarding careers.

In partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College young people explore STEM related careers with input from various organisations. Young people take part in practical activities to enhance skills and knowledge of STEM based careers.

Science Club
In partnership with STEM Ambassadors S1 young people are involved in weekly activities which promote learning and careers in STEM.  Links are made to STEM careers and young people are encouraged to explore and research  career pathways.

Numeracy Week
Making links between numeracy used in subjects across the school and how numeracy is used in the world of work. Using partners such as credit unions, Barclays Bank, Santander, Mott McDonald, NHS, Marks and Spencer to showcase Maths in the world of work.

Apprenticeship Tests
Young people have the opportunity to learn and practice numeracy tests for apprenticeships, colleges and universities.

P7 Maths Challenge
Young people work in teams to learn about Maths in the world of work.

Young people working collaboratively,  researching existing products and designing a new product to present as part of the competition. The winners will have their product marketed, displayed and sold in Aldi stores across the country.

Quality Meat Scotland Chef Visit
Chef visit to work with S2 young people, demonstrating and embedding skills as well as sharing their experience of working in the hospitality industry

ZooLab Junk Bus
Delivered in partnership with Zoolab Junk Bus young people learn about the production of some of our favourite foods.

GHA/ Loretto Afternoon Tea
Partnership with Glasgow Housing Association and Loretto Housing allowed young people to work with local partners  and allowed an opportunity to experience working in this sector.

Future Textiles
Developing an understanding of the textile industry and the available progressions pathways.

Marks and Spencer – Work Placement Programme.
The partnership was set up to strengthen the link between employers and young people, building  confidence and supporting the transition between school and the workplace.

30 young people have had the opportunity to apply and experience a work placement in the retail sector. Many young people have secured part time jobs as a result of the experience.

Glasgow Kelvin College Pathway
As part of the S2 options process, young people will be offered the opportunity to attend Kelvin College for one afternoon per week throughout the school session. This partnership programme allows young people to participate in a college based course alongside their school studies. This will not only enrich their learning experiences but will provide them with qualifications in the form of SCQF Level 4 units. Young people enrolled in these courses will also be considered as an internal applicant for any further courses.

RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills, raising their aspirations. RUTS are currently delivering a bespoke personal development/employability, this is achieved through motorcycle and bicycle based programmes tailored to the individual needs of the young people.

NHS @ Work
Young people S1-S6 have the opportunity to attend an NHS@Work Event showcasing the careers available within the NHS, dispelling some of the myths about working in the NHS.

Widening Participation
Educational support and guidance programme designed to widen access to higher education.

FARE are a voluntary organisation based in Easterhouse . They work with communities to improve the lives of children and families. FARE are employed within the school, engaging with a number of projects and programmes that link to the DYW agenda.

Young Enterprise Company Programme –
The Company Programme is the ultimate business experience for S5 and S6 young people. They set up and run their own company and develop a range of skills throughout this entrepreneurial experience.

Career Ready
Career Ready is a programme that prepares young people for the world of work. The model links young people to employers through master classes, mentoring, workplace visits and internships.

EY Foundation partnership
EY Foundation is a charity that works directly with disadvantaged young people,employers and social entrepreneurs to create and support routes into education, employment and enterprise. They support the school in world of work events, mock interviews and industry presentations. They also have a paid work experience programme called Smart Futures.

Skills Academy
Working with a range of business partners, young people who are studying less than two National 5 qualifications are invited to attend a programme that helps develop crucial knowledge and understanding of the world of work.

Flexible Work Placement Model
Lochend  offer a flexible approach to work placements, encouraging and supporting young people to source and secure their own work placement . There are also targeted placement opportunities available on WorkIT and via our business partners which are available to all young people.

Departmental DYW displays 
Displaying potential careers and pathways relevant to their own curricular area. The Pupil Leadership Team have created a number of notice boards around the school to promote the DYW agenda. The boards also include live job/apprenticeship and work placement opportunities.

Lochend CHS Skills Framework

Read more

A final farewell!

A final farewell, maybe…

Our Fashion and Textiles subject specialist Linda Adam has finally put away her sewing kit and turned off the machine…or has she?! She’s tried twice before to give up working for SQA!!

Linda has been involved with SQA over many years, stretching back to the 1990’s. She started off marking Standard Grade question papers then progressed on to writing them for Intermediate 2 level. It wasn’t long before she became the Principal Assessor for the Intermediate 2 Home Economics courses, which back in the day had 3 different contexts, Fashion, Health and Lifestyle.

On retiring early from her day job, a principal teacher of Home Economics at Cardinal Newman High School, she also gave up her PA role, only to …

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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, click here.

Read more

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, click here.

Read more

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 …

Read more