Information for Teachers and Parents
Welcome to the Teacher Zone! Here you will find everything you need to bring British food alive in your school and get your pupils excited about the wonderful food we produce in this country.
Below you will find downloadable pdfs of our “putting the Ooo back into Food” guides; contact details of organisations that can send a chef into your school to help you run cooking lessons; ideas on how to involve parents; and advice on how to gain publicity for your school's food activities.
You will also find information on taking part in British Food Fortnight - now an established date on the school calendar - and you can read about our annual schools initiative. Hundreds of schools use British Food Fortnight as an opportunity to teach young people about food and how to cook. Everything you need to plan and run your activities is on this page.
We hope that you enjoy putting the Ooo back into food in your school!
Putting the Oooo back into food guides
The following guides can be downloaded as pdfs on the right hand side of this page:
Putting the Ooo back into food: A Resource Pack for Schools’- This pack is designed for those who want to teach young people about food, but do not know where to begin. It contains lessons and activities for each curriculum subject with details of where to obtain the resources to support them; in-season recipes; plus contacts of organisations that can offer activity-based support and learning facilities to help you
‘Putting the Ooo back into food: A Guide to including Cookery within the National Curriculum’- The organisers of British Food Fortnight have worked with experts in education and culinary fields to produce a guide to incorporating cookery within the national curriculum. The guide gives practical advice on how to organise cookery activities for young people. It also contains examples from schools that have successfully incorporated cookery within their curriculum teaching; ideas for cookery lessons for early years, primary and secondary children and contacts of organisations that can help you by providing chefs who can visit your school to give cooking demonstrations and assist with lessons.
‘Putting the Ooo back into food: Case Studies – How schools have linked to British Food Fortnight'
Resources for Teachers and Parents
Our Online Resources page is a comprehensive list of online resources, activities and ideas for parents and teachers. The page has links to organisations which provide up to the minute information on the curriculum, teaching resources and activity ideas.
You can download a Potted History of British Cooking and Food at the bottom of this page. We also have lots of useful information about British Food & Drink and buying British throughout our website.
For example, learn about the logos and marks, such as the Red Tractor that you see on food packaging.
Inviting a chef into your school
Inviting a Chef into your School is a handy guide and a list of things to consider when planning a chef’s visit. You can download the document at the bottom of this page.
Read about the experiences of chefs Andrew Bennett, Phil Brown and Adrian Hornsby, when working with schools, on our Chefs Experiences page.
Organisations that will help put you in touch with a chef include:
The Academy runs the ‘Chefs Adopt a School' programme that teams chefs with schools across the country. The workshop sessions that they organise integrate with Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum. Tel: 020 8673 6300, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The British Culinary Federation has an active development programme for young people, giving them the opportunity to experience catering in a number of establishments. Tel: 01789 491218 email: email@example.com
The Craft Guild is the largest and most diverse chefs organisation in the UK with members from all aspects of the foodservice and hospitality sectors working in a wide variety of positions from trainees to top management. Tel: 020 8948 3870, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MCGB has over 200 members. It provides an excellent training ground for young chefs coming into the industry through its own training programme. Sourcing the highest quality produce and preparing it on the premises is key to the success of its membership who put their culinary talents to good use through a variety of charitable events. Tel: 01884 35104, email: email@example.com
PACE aims to encourage catering educational institutions to work together to manage the challenges of continual change within hospitality and catering education. Tel: 0870 777 9566, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family participation is critical to getting children enthusiastic about preparing and enjoying food so why not set cookery homework activities that involve parents, for example help prepare a family meal using in-season produce? Other tips include:
- Give a list of “Top Tips” to parents in your next school mailing or give to pupils to take home: there are lots of tips, for example: freezing small amounts of mashed veg to save time, buying fruit and veg in season to save cost and hiding veg in sauces for fussy eaters are all practical tips for parents to try with their children.
- Encourage parents to share their tips: ask parents to send in their tips and compile a school list of the best.
- Join Henri Le Worm and Friends as the grow fresh food in their garden and then have lots of fun cooking it. Download the App and join in the fun!
- Use My Cookery Club a website which aims to help parents cook with their child, promote healthy eating, offer advice and cooking information and share ideas and tips. It includes information buying tips and outlines cooking skills, safety and utensils.
- Download and use the Bean and Pea themed children's holiday activity pack for key stage 1 pupil for a host of games, activities and sports to lessons in cookery, gardening and even botany.
Working with the Media
Taking part in British Food Fortnight is a good opportunity to gain some local publicity for your school. Many schools taking part in the event are featured in their local papers and sometimes television. Media coverage can be a good way of thanking teachers, parents and children for their involvement.
Download the PDF: A potted history of British cooking Download the PDF: Inviting a Chef into your School