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Food for Thought Education Fund

Food for Thought Education Fund

Food for Thought Phase 5 application

The Food for Thought Education Fund gives financial support to develop Food and Health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development.

Now in its fifth year, the Fund allows Local Authority Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings to apply for grants of up to £3000 to develop projects that support the aims of the Fund. (Note – ASN establishments in the independent sector are also eligible to apply). Establishments may apply individually or as part of a cluster of schools from their education authority.

It is essential that food based projects include a business or community link . Business in the Community Scotland is a partner in the Food for Thought Fund and can help establishments to find a business/community link if help is required.

What Are We Looking for This Year?

Scottish Government’s aspiration that Scotland is a Good Food Nation, means a country where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they buy, serve, and eat day by day. It also means that :

  • It is the norm for Scots to take a keen interest in their food, knowing what constitutes good food, valuing  it and seeking it out whenever they can.
  • People who serve and sell food (including schools) are committed to serving and selling good food.
  • Everyone in Scotland has ready access to the healthy, nutritious food they need.
  • Dietary-related diseases are in decline, as is the environmental impact of our food consumption.
  • Scottish producers ensure that what they produce is increasingly healthy and environmentally sound
  • Food companies are a thriving feature of the economy and places where people want to work.
  • Other countries look to Scotland to learn how to become a Good Food Nation.’

This year, we are particularly interested in bids which will to contribute to this vision by:

  • ensuring learners have gained understanding about food education and can apply that knowledge and understanding, including a knowledge of the wide range of careers that are available in the Food and Drinks industry;
  • improving outcomes for learners in ways which seek to eliminate the inequity that currently exists amongst learners from different backgrounds and from particular vulnerable groups;
  • demonstrate an impact on learners, with learners being able to reflect on their knowledge of food and associated issues;

In this phase, we also ask that projects incorporate some or all of the following themes:

  • Developing the Young Workforce
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Inequity / Attainment Gap
  • Digital Learning
  • Progressive Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Working with Parents/Community

Projects may also relate to national events and/or Government initiatives including :

Fund PartnersEducation Scotland is building on its strong partnership with Scottish Government with a continued commitment to high quality learning in health and wellbeing, including food education, across educational establishments in Scotland.

Business in the Community Scotland (BiTCS) brings together businesses and partner organisations across sectors to more effectively play their role in a stronger, fairer, wealthier, healthier, and greener Scotland.

In order to enhance skills for learning, life and work it is essential that you work in partnership with a business for this funding. BiTCS’s role in the Food for Thought Fund will be to help schools to link to a business or community organisation that can fulfil this role for the fund. These partners are not required to be a food based business/community organisation. Schools can also work with existing partners or create their own new partnerships. Securing a financial contribution from this partner is not mandatory; however it may be beneficial to your project if you were able to find additional income or ‘in kind’ funding to develop your project.

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring all schools in Scotland embed food education through the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, and the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007. The Government supports good quality learning and teaching around food through funding a number of stakeholders to engage and work with schools.

Application Details

Food for Thought Phase 5 application

 To apply for Food for Thought Phase 5 funding, please complete the attached application form to arrive by 14.00 on Wednesday 31st May 2017.   Examples of completed application forms from earlier phases are housed in the ‘Resources’ section of the Food for Thought Glow Newsfeed . (Glow log-in required)

Practitioners from previous phases have also shared photographs, stories and information about their projects through the newsfeed conversation.

A Glow Meet has been organised for Tuesday 25th April at 3.45pm and this will be an opportunity to ask questions about the application process or the project you are planning. If you would like to join me, Sign up here.

Please send completed application forms to :

Foodforthought@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scot Pot – School Meal Product Development Competition

Test your creativity and innovation skills!

The competition is open to all primary 5,6, and 7 pupils from schools across Scotland. Individual prizes will be given to the best entries, but all the pupils in the winning class will win an all-expenses paid trip to the Royal Highland Show 22nd – 25th June 2017. The winning product will be showcased at the ASSIST FM National Conference on 24th & 25th August 2017 in Glasgow.

The winning product will feature in schools across Scotland during Scottish School Meals week, 31st October 2017.

We are asking pupils to conduct their own market research to develop a new Scots Origin One Pot Dish that could be sold as a stand-alone product or be part of school meal that can be used in schools across Scotland.

The challenge is based on a similar format to the television programme ‘Dragons Den’. We would like pupils to put their creative and entrepreneurial skills to the test and design an innovative new ‘one pot’ product that:

  • They would like to eat and that could form part or all of a school meal for example; meal soup, meal pot, layered dish or something creative and innovative.
  • Has to contain AT LEAST ONE Scottish ingredient.
  • Would encourage more pupils to take school meals if it was sold in the dining area.
  • Could be promoted with an innovative advertising campaign that would include a name and a catch phrase to promote the product and fit with the Scots Origin branding.
  • Can be sold as a stand alone product.
  • Meets the nutritional guidance for a theme day in school.

To enter, please complete the attached entry forms and send to schools@sfdf.og.uk by 5th May 2017

Scot Pot Entry Form 2017

 

 

The Big Pedal 20th – 31st March 2017

The Big Pedal is our UK wide inter-school scooting and cycling challenge, where schools compete to try to get the largest percentage of pupils, staff and parents travelling to school by two wheels.

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Details:

This year’s challenge will be running from March 20th – 31st. It is open to primary and secondary schools who register and then log their data each day.  Schools with the highest participation win great prizes.

Schools can choose to enter a 1 or 5 day challenge where their best day or best 5 days out of the two weeks count. On the final day of the challenge we encourage schools to run a Superhero Day, where pupils dress themselves and their bikes as superheroes.

This year’s theme is Around the World in 10 Days and schools will track their progress on a wall chart – register using the link below –  learning about the countries and cities they pass through along the way.

Information and registration is at http://bigpedal.org.uk/.

The value:

We see the challenge as a great way to get whole school communities excited about active travel and to impact school traffic issues.

 

Red Nose Day 24th March 2017

https://www.rednoseday.com/schools

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Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March 2017. Thousands of schools across the country will be getting involved and making their laugh matter.

Comic Relief has designed lots of learning resources and fundraising activities for teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

There are  films, assemblies, learning resources, tutor time activities and an interactive story to make Red Nose Day come to life in the classroom.

How is your school getting involved?

To get involved go to www.rednoseday.com/schools and order your free fundraising pack.

Follow @rednosedaysch for fundraising tips, ideas and lots of fun!

 

**NEW** Better Eating Better Learning Award

**NEW** Better Eating, Better Learning AWARD

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The BEBL award is a competition open to primary and secondary schools across Scotland who can demonstrate innovative ways to improve school food and food education.

Is your school using Better Eating, Better Learning to champion positive changes to school food and the food education experience?

To apply, please complete the following questionnaire by midnight on Friday 31st March. Following this, the committee will review all entries and select 8 schools to visit based on strength of    application. These visits will take place from April – June 2017.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X3VPXCL

What are we looking for?

Projects will be assessed based on the following criteria;

  • How well are you are using school food as part of a whole school approach to support learning as an integral part of the curriculum?
  • Are you serving school food that drives dietary behaviour change and supports our health and environmental goals?
  • Does your school champion fresh, seasonal, local and sustainable produce?
  • Do you celebrate provenance and ethical sourcing?
  • How are you inspiring future generations who are proud of, and contribute to, Scotland’s ambition as the a Good Food Nation?
  • Do you ensure that school food provides affordable access to good nutrition for all children and young people and optimising the uptake of school meals, in particular for those children and young people receiving free meals?
  • How well are you supporting children and young people, their parents, teaching and catering staff, to enjoy and value school food for its quality, provenance and appeal and in doing so to enable them to understand the relationship between school food, culture, health and the environment?

ASSIST FM, who provide support for suppliers and delivery of school food have created the innovation awards with CRB Cunningham sponsoring the secondary prize and Spaceright sponsoring the       primary prize.

For further Information and details, please contact lorna.aitken@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

International School Meals Day 2017

International School Meals Day

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Thursday 9th March 2017

http://www.internationalschoolmealsday.com/

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International School Meals Day encourages children and young people around the world to connect and talk to each other about the food they eat and the role that it plays in their lives.

In 2017 the theme is Food, Culture and Heritage

Share your food stories & be part of a global event

Join our Glow meets on the day!

Sign up to take part here

https://eventpub.meet.glowscotland.org.uk/content/connect/c1/7/en/events/catalog.html?OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=8ec01637b0ce39321b206037c84528a06bc9e77f041e5094f5ab81b890fa81a9

The way that food is cultivated, prepared and consumed is an expression of culture and heritage. This year’s theme provides an opportunity for pupils to express themselves through the food and associated traditions that form an important part of their identity.

In the run up to International School Meals Day we want pupils from around the world to share their food stories through whichever medium they wish

pictures / posters / videos / poems / stories / dance /drama

The approach that you take to getting pupils to think about their culture and heritage and its associated food traditions is up to each individual school and classroom. However, here are some quick ideas of how ISMD can be celebrated:

  1. Deliver one-minute talks or videos about favourite meals and national traditions
  2. Have an International Menu Day
  3. Have food tasting sessions or other fun food activities
  4. Fundraising activities for charities to support school feeding programmes in developing countries
  5. Incorporate global citizenship and food culture into classroom learning
  6. Have sessions on the theme of ‘food’, with extracts from favourite poems and stories
  7. Skype – teachers and students can skype with another school around the world to share their experience of food, culture and heritage.

Stories and pictures will be shared on the ISMD website and on Twitter so be sure and follow

@IntSchoolMeals and use the hashtag #ISMD2017.

 

 

Future Textiles at Dumfries House

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Click on the link to find out more information relating to FREE CLPL opportunities linked to textile technologies across the curricular levels.

Travel grants available for schools

Future Textiles at Dumfries House is an exciting project, currently ongoing at stately home Dumfries House in Ayrshire,  in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald Campus) and Ayrshire College. The project was initiated by HRH The Duke of Rothesay who listened closely to the needs of the textile industry who wish to address a skills gap.

The project brings together industry and education in a unique setting, in order to train the next generation with skills for the textile industry, by providing a range of no cost workshops suitable for secondary school teachers, pupils and those seeking employability skills.

To date, over 800 participants have taken part in sewing, pattern drafting and woven textiles workshops, from secondary teachers to pupils from S1 – S6, as well as master classes and  specialist training programmes for industry.

The project has received invaluable input since inception from local and national industry with vital support & advice from Marks & Spencer, Sarah Mower OBE, Tammy & Christopher Kane, John Lewis Partnership, Savile Row Tailor Patrick Grant as well as other local and national textile manufacturers.

The local industry in East Ayrshire currently has twenty textile related companies with workforce consisting of 45% male and 55% female employees. Many of the companies are considering recruiting modern apprentices and participation in the workshops will allow pupils a greater understanding of industry requirements

 

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

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What to do in your school garden now…

Join the campaign and receive support to develop a sustainable garden for young people’s learning and health & wellbeing.

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home

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Make 2017 your year to get growing. Here are some tips to help kick start your garden this year:

  • Plan which crops you need to sow and harvest over the coming months using our spring guide to an edible school garden.
  • Keep the birds well fed during the colder months by making these fun bird seed cakes using pine cones or recycled yoghurt pots.
  • If you’ve got some new crops to sow and plant in spring, use our guide on how to prepare your soil so that it’s ready to grow.
  • Once your soil is ready, this activity sheet will show you how to sow annual seeds into the ground.
  • Need an indoor activity? Try making and decorating these fun watering cans from recycled milk bottles.

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home

Food Education News January 2017

Please find below and attached pdf outlining food education news that may be of interest to you and your networks.

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Education Scotland Food & Health support on the NIH

Our Food & Health resources and support have moved to the National Improvement Hub.

Who can help food education in Scotland?

Better Eating Better Learning

Learning for Sustainability using food as a context

STEM Central

Scottish Education Awards 2017

Celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. Nominate your school or staff member here by Wednesday 15th February 2017

ASSIST FM Better Eating, Better Learning Award 2017

Following on from the success of Busby Primary School and Stirling High School receiving the inaugural Better Eating, Better Learning Awards, applications are now open for schools to demonstrate creative and innovative practice in implementing Better Eating, Better Learning. Schools can apply using this link. Entries are open until the end of February.

International School Meals Day Thursday 9th March 2017

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/2017/02/01/international-school-meals-day-2017/

Emphasise the connection between healthy eating, education and better learning. This year’s theme is ‘Food Culture and Heritage’.

Food & Drink Federation Scotland (FDFS)

FDFS Scotland have created a new resource to help Scottish teachers and pupils understand food labels. The resource is available here

FDFS / College Development Network

Improving Food & Drink Career Pathways SRUC Aberdeen Wednesday 22nd March 2017 1pm – 6pm For more information and to sign up, click here

BNF Healthy Eating Week 12th – 16th June 2017

To register for BNF Healthy Eating Week and receive lots of free resources and support for your school, click here

BBC Food Awards

Celebrate the unsung heroes of food in your school. Details of how to nominate can be found here

RHS

School Gardening Awards Progress with your students through 5 levels of gardening challenges designed to develop skills & encourage a healthy relationship with gardening.

Training courses & events Find and book school gardening training courses or events in your area.

Receive your free welcome pack Join the Campaign and receive support to develop a sustainable garden for young people’s learning, health and wellbeing.

Young Pea Chef of the Year (primary & BGE)

Win £500 of cookery equipment for your school. Enter your best pea recipe by 3rd April 2017. Details on how to enter can be found here

REHIS

Where to find Elementary Food Hygiene Courses in Scotland

http://www.rehis.com/community-training/courses/course/elementary-food-hygiene

Questions or queries about food education?

Please contact

lorna.aitken@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Got food news to share?

Share you pics and stories on Twitter @EducationScot

 

Interactive Eatwell Guide

Food Standards Scotland is proud to have launched the new Interactive Eatwell Guide today. This teaching resource is designed to show the balance of food groups required for a healthy diet. We would be delighted if you would be one of the first to use and share this resource with your peers.

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The tool makes learning about a healthy diet simple, fun and accessible. We would also like to invite you to share the resource through your social media channels if possible. Below you will find some suggested social media content, and attached to this email is a still form of the resource which you can use to add a visual element to your posts too. Thank you in advance for your support.

The Interactive Eatwell Guide

Use our interactive Eatwell Guide tool to teach your class how to get a balance of healthier and more sustainable food.  It will help you teach about the different food groups and the proportions of each one we should all be eating, in a fun and interactive way, and at the same time will deliver Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes.  There is more information on the food groups within the resource.

Please note: this resource is designed primarily for use in a classroom environment and will work best on Smart Boards and iPads. It also works on desktops and laptops but please ensure that your screen is set to full screen (go to View and Full Screen).

Supporting information

The Eatwell Guide now replaces the eatwell plate as the main tool showing you a healthy balanced diet. It shows the proportions of the foods that make up a healthy diet. The proportions of food groups have been updated to take into account the new dietary recommendations for more fibre and less sugar.

 

Contact Lynsey.Gray@fss.scot for further assistance on using this interactive tool or Tanya.Olmeda-Hodge@fss.scot for more information on educational resources.