Summer Weekender Event

From August 16th-18th Friends of the Earth Scotland are holding a three day festival full of workshops, trainings and speakers at Wiston Lodge in Biggar. The agenda will cover many aspects of environmental and climate justice including air pollution, divestment, climate change and migration, plastics and the circular economy, sustainable agriculture, democratising the planning system, sustaining activism and much more!

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New Scottish Child Payment announced

The Scottish Government has announced plans to bring forward an income supplement, which will be known as the Scottish Child Payment. By 2022 it will provide eligible families with an additional £10 per week for every child under 16. Initially it will be introduced for families with children under six from early 2021. When delivered in full it is estimated that over a third of children in Scotland will be eligible. For a family with two children under 16 this would mean additional support …

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Book Your Place at the Scottish Learning Festival

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the annual conference and exhibition for educational practitioners across Scotland and is completely free to attend. Organised by Education Scotland, SLF is the biggest professional learning event for Scottish education which aims to inspire, innovate and inform great educational practice.

With a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and boasting more than 100 seminars, opportunities for …

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Brand new 14-16 years’ area

Next month, the 14-16 years section of the Food – a fact of life website will be launched. This section will include resources on Healthy eating, Where food comes from, Cooking, Consumer awareness, Food commodities and Nutritional analysis. Resources have been developed to be used by teachers and students to support key qualifications throughout the UK.

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Gourmet Burger Builder resources

The Gourmet Burger Builder (GBB) resources have been updated. GBB is an interactive activity which challenges pupils to create their own burger using a variety of ingredients. The activity goes through the stages of ingredient selection, mixing, dividing and shaping, cooking and assembling.


To use the GBB and its accompanying resources, click here.

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BNF Healthy Eating Week 2019

There is less than a week to go until this year’s BNF Healthy Eating Week! We hope everyone has a fantastic week planned, remember to let us know everything your nursery or school is up to by tweeting us @Foodafactoflife using #BNFHEW19 – you can use our social media guide to help!


To register for the week, if …

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Scottish shellfish farm production survey 2018

Statistical news release

Marine Scotland Science today published the Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2018. The publication details statistics on the employment, production and value of shellfish from Scottish Shellfish Farms. It is structured to follow industry trends within the mussel, Pacific oyster, native oyster, queen scallop and scallop species sectors. Some statistics are given for the 10-year period 2009-2018.

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Food and Nutrition Education in Scotland Conference

The first Food – a fact of life Food and nutrition education in Scotland conference – 16 November 2019, Glasgow.

The first Food – a fact of life Food and nutrition education in Scotland conference for primary and secondary teachers.

The first Food – a fact of life Food and nutrition education in Scotland conference for primary and secondary teachers will take place on 16 November 2019. The conference is aimed at trainee, new, non-specialist and experienced teachers and will provide insight into the food and nutrition issues that impact the lives and education of children and young people in Scotland. There will be presentations from experts in the fields of  education, cooking, food and farming, nutrition and classroom management.

There will be an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and update knowledge to enhance teaching and learning of food and nutrition education for children and young people. There will be sessions dedicated to teaching pupils in the primary and secondary phases.

This half day conference is being offered to teachers at a greatly subsidised rate of £20 (including VAT ) per person. Cost includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Limited early bird discounted tickets are available – use the code primary50 or secondary50 when booking to receive this discount.

There are also a limited number of free places for trainee primary and secondary teachers.  Please contact Frances for more details:

What will be covered?
The programme

Key note sessions (primary and secondary)

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education – whole school approach to health and wellbeing – Ann Floyd, HM Inspector of Education, Education Scotland (TBC)
Cooking for life – Gary MacLean, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Hospitality and Leisure,City of Glasgow College and Scotland’s National Chef
Food security, provenance and quality in the UK – David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Primary sessions

Food Standards Scotland – Tanya Olmeda-hodge, Marketing Manager Education, Food Standards Scotland
Education Scotland update – Jeanette Smart, Development Officer, Education Scotland
Healthy Eating: bringing the Eatwell Guide to life – Alex White, Assistant Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation
Food safety in the primary classroom – Frances Meek, Senior Education Officer, British Nutrition Foundation
Focus on cooking – a practical session including resources and training for primary teachers – Claire Theobald, Education Services Manager, British Nutrition Foundation

Secondary sessions

Springboard – support for teachers and pupils in Scotland – Amanda McDade, Careers & Education Manager, Springboard
Education Scotland update – Frances Duffy
Scottish Qualifications Authority update – Graeme Findlay, Qualifications Manager, Scottish Qualifications Authority
Teaching Home Economics – the highs, the challenges and the future – Emma Creaney, Home Economics Teacher, Carluke High School
Get portion wise! – Roy Ballam, Roy Ballam, Managing Director and Head of Education, British Nutrition Foundation
Resources and training from Food – a fact of life – Frances Meek, Senior Education Officer, British Nutrition Foundation

Why attend?

Enhance your own professional development.
Network with like-minded professionals.
Update knowledge to enhance teaching and learning.
Engage with experts in food and nutrition, education, food and farming.
Collect a comprehensive delegate pack …

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BNF Health Eating Week registration!

BNF now have 3,100 registrations for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2019!  They started from zero again this year and are very pleased with the progress so far!

I just wanted to let you know that nurseries, schools, universities or workplaces registered by the close of play tomorrow (Thursday 4 April), will be guaranteed a printed set of five colourful BNF HEW 2019 posters!

Please …

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QMS – New Meaty Career Videos put Spotlight on Careers in Butchery

Three new videos highlighting the opportunities and many benefits of working in Scotland’s butchery sector have been launched today (11 March 2019) by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scottish Craft Butchers.

The inspiring videos, entitled “Meaty Careers”, feature four young Scottish butchers from across the country who talk about how they got started in the trade, the training they have …

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