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June 28, 2017 at University of East London in London.


Food Technicians and Support Staff

Join like-minded Secondary FOOD TECHNICIANS and TEACHING ASSISTANTS for this one-day course to share best practice, top tips and great ideas when working in the food room.

Food is now compulsory from key stage 1-3 national curriculum and from 2016 the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is available for all schools.

Since September 2015, Ofsted are focusing upon how well-being, health and healthy eating are taught throughout the school. Inspectors will consider the breadth and balance of the curriculum under “leadership and management”, of which practical cookery is now a part. As it’s an “extremely important area” inspectors will assess if pupils develop knowledge of a good diet and useful practical food skills.

In order to support secondary schools, we are providing a one-day training course for food technicians and support staff. This is delivered at various centres around the country, by Food Teachers Centre Associates who are highly experienced Food Technology teachers able to support and offer advice.

These are practical, hands-on training days providing the skills and resources for secondary schools, with opportunities for discussion.

Programme for the day

The day will consist of a combination of information, discussion, practical tasks and hands on learning:

What’s your role as a technician?
What’s happening in food teaching and how will this affect your role?
Working alongside the teacher to ensure that the room is safe to work in – know about the key systems and processes needed.
Working alongside the teacher to deliver practical lessons – smooth operations! Setting up practical lessons, demonstrations, tasting, testing and food investigations, practical exams. For example, ingredients provision, supervising equipment, knowing when to intervene, what to do if…….?
Providing support to small groups and individuals so that all abilities succeed in achieving quality end products

Everyone who comes gets access to a digital course folder with all the presentations, useful handouts and resources. This includes a technician’s guide, health and safety systems, logs and checklists.

Benefits of the training

Develop awareness of the role of the Technician / TA in a practical food area.

Provide useful and up-to-date information to enable that the correct procedures are followed and quality teaching is maintained.

Provide an opportunity for personal reflection in order to ultimately support teaching staff and students as effectively as possible.

What Technicians say about their day:

“The course excelled in covering Health and Safety and the new Food and Nutrition requirements. I was also very impressed with the presentation pack to refer to later.”

“It was a really useful event meeting others in the same position as oneself. The course was very informative and will help me a lot in the near future.”

Dates & venues- all days 10.00 – 3.00



Your presenters

These days are staffed by the Food Teachers Centre Associates and colleagues:

Barbara Rathmill (Food Teachers Centre Senior Associate)

35 years of teaching both Food and Textiles undertaking the roles of Head of Food Technology and 2nd in Design and Technology.

Barbara has shared her expertise and passion for food education by being involved in several food projects at national level such as

Food in Schools Primary training,

Food Technology Specialist Higher Level Teaching Assistant Training,

Consultant presenter National Curriculum 2014 – Cooking and Nutrition

Teaching Food Safely as a Registered Design and Technology Health and Safety Consultant.

Barbara holds Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Food Safety Awards and is an accredited Centre and Trainer with the CIEH delivering Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Food Safety, Level 1 and Level 2 Nutrition and Level 2 Allergen Awareness to teachers, students and other areas requiring training.

Kath Callaghan (Food Teachers Centre Associate)

Kath Callaghan is a Food teacher with over 30 years’ experience in both mixed and single-sex schools. She was AST for Food Technology in West Sussex prior to taking early retirement. She was a Lead Practitioner for “Licence to Cook”, a trainer for: “Food in Schools” (for Primary teachers); “Teach Food Technology”; Level 2 Food Safety; and the West Sussex HLTA Food Technology course.

Kath taught GCSE D&T:Food Technology for many years and was a moderator for AQA, and also taught WJEC GCSE Catering. Kath co-authored for the Collins (2016) “GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition” Revision Guide. Kath offers Technician courses and the Teach Food course (for non-food specialists). She also offers Level 2 Food Safety training and Primary Food skills training.

How to Book



All of these events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Food Teachers Centre automates these bookings via credit card. When you book you will receive by email a full VAT invoice/receipt.

PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL- SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on.

If you have any queries,

Kath Callaghan – Course presenter 07828 325128 or email Kath.Callaghan@foodteacherscentre.co.uk

please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily.

or leave a voicemail on our website www.foodteacherscentre.co.uk

Terms and conditions

Once booked, if you cannot come You can send someone else, but you may not get a refund unless we can resell your ticket, but we are happy to transfer your booking if there is space on another event.

The draft programme might be subject to change. We would always endeavor to run the day as advertised.

About the Food Teachers Centre

FOOD TEACHER CENTRE is a UK based self-help group founded by Louise T Davies in 2013 and supported by experienced associates. It provides a platform to exchange best practice, give advice and support to less experienced teachers, answering practical concerns and keeping them abreast of the latest curriculum changes. A one-stop shop for like-minded professionals who seek help and information. It is free to take part and is facilitated through a closed on-line group, safeguarding the conversations of the teaching staff.

The idea of a ‘Teacher’s Centre’ is a response to the lack of local and national specialist support and diminishing Continuing Professional Development with the demise of local authority advisers ASTs, lead practitioners and supporting organisations.

The Centre utilises new technologies, not requiring a physical space in new times, but providing the same high quality service that our traditional teachers centres were recognised for.

The Food Teachers Centre is a place of

creative and innovative ideas and action

practical solutions

learning and sharing

To join the closed group, simply visit www.facebook.com/groups/foodteachers

Bright Ideas Food and Health Consulting Ltd Registered Office 69-71 East Street Epsom Surrey KT17 1BP

Registered No 9096275 VAT No 189 4024 84

Food Technicians and Support Staff (East London)

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