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Food Education News June 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Please find below Food Education News for June 2017, which includes links to resources to support Food & Health as well as information about opportunities for staff and pupils.

Food Health news JUNE 2017

1.    Using food as a context to raise attainment & close the gap

Scottish Learning Festival Thursday 21st September 10.45am – 11.45am


Using exemplars from schools across Scotland, this workshop aims to empower practitioners to consider innovative and creative ways in using food as a context for promoting equity and excellence for our children and young people. Hear from teachers and      partners who have implemented and measured positive change using food at the heart of   learning.

2. Food & Health Benchmarks now published on the National Improvement Hub

Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks

3. Progression of skills exemplar Skills at the Heart of the Curriculum

These short videos demonstrate the progression of skills in one primary setting, looking at the experience from a range of key stakeholders.

4.    BNF Health Eating Week 12 to 16 June 2017

Is your school registered for BNF Healthy Eating Week? To date, an incredible 8,038 nursery practitioners and primary/secondary teachers have registered for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017.

Register now and you will receive a number free resources, as well as the opportunity to join in health challenges and cook-a-longs!


  1. Revised Nutritional Analysis

Guidance for schools and local authorities to demonstrate compliance with nutrient standards can be found on the National Improvement Hub.

Revised Nutritional Analysis

  1. SQA N5 course assessment changes 2017 – 2018

            Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft                http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/56929.html

Hospitality: Practical Cookery                    http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47439.html

Between April and September 2017, SQA are running a programme of subject specific webinars which focus on the requirements of the revised National 5 course assessments being introduced in 2017-18.


For some subjects, SQA are publishing audio presentations that cover the same content as webinars. These will be published between May and September 2017.         http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/Hospitality

  1. REHIS

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) is Scotland’s awarding body     for a number qualifications in Food Safety, Food and Health, Control of Infection and Occupational Health and Safety.  REHIS has worked in partnership with Food Standards Scotland for many years to make the Elementary Food Hygiene Course and Introduction to    Food Hygiene Course available to secondary schools all over Scotland.  For further            information please contact training@rehis.com or 0131 229 2968.


  1. Food & Drink Federation Scotland

Video resource looking at what the food industry is doing to reduce sugars in food.


  1. Food Standards Scotland ‘Munch That Lunch’ competition **Closing date 9th June 2017

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is running a competition inviting P4-P7 pupils from Scottish primary schools to design and draw a healthy and balanced packed  lunch based on the Eatwell Guide and using our Munch That Lunch Guidance. The full briefing and entry form can be accessed online via        www.foodstandards.gov.scot/teachers

  1. Children’s Food Trust

To receive regular updates about Let’s Get Cooking, we invite you to register as one of our friends Let’s Get Cooking 

  1. Food and drink Career showcase Thursday 14 September at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

The College Development Network (CDN) Food and Drink Industry Expo is designed for  education practitioners, pupils and students. This hands-on event showcases the  opportunities available in a fast-growing sector. The Food and Drink Industry offers careers      in:



Design and innovation

Product development and production.

The event takes place 1300 to 1800 Thursday 14 September at Murrayfield Stadium,   Edinburgh.

Find out more and sign up yourself and your pupils.


  1. Better Eating, Better Learning – 3 easy steps
  1. BEBL online support materials
  2. Follow activity on Twitter @BEBLScot
  3. Join our BEBL Glow community http://bit.ly/beblhome



Questions or queries about food education?

Please contact


Scot Pot – School Meal Product Development Competition⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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.




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.


**NEW** Better Eating Better Learning Award⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

**NEW** Better Eating, Better Learning AWARD


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.


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⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

International School Meals Day


Thursday 9th March 2017



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

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.



Interactive Eatwell Guide⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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. peers.


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.

International School Meals Day Competition⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Why not take part in a competition for children and young people to enter to help decide the theme for next year’s International School Meals Day?

Your school or class could take part during Scottish School Meals Week 31st October – 4th November 2016.


The flyer/poster is attached, and it would be helpful if you could please distribute it as widely as possible within your school, learning centre and community.



There are three options to vote / choose:
• Food that reflects your heritage, culture or traditions
• Recipes that help make the most of the food you have at hand
• Completely open to suggestions!

There is a closing date of 7 November – and the chance to win an Amazon voucher!


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – Free event for education professionals⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Free Event for Education Professionals

10.00 – 15.00

17 November 2015

COSLA, Edinburgh, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known preventable cause of permanent learning disability worldwide and is caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Affected children can have a wide range of physical, growth and neurobehavioural problems which impact on their everyday lives and limit their independence.  Often teachers are the first professional to notice a child has difficulties.

As part of a programme of events over the last 4 years, the Scottish Government has arranged a free event for nursery and primary school teachers. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr Ana Hanlon-Dearman – a Developmental Paediatrician from the Manitoba FASD Centre in Canada. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Dr Hanlon-Dearman in moving FASD forward in Scotland. Dr Hanlon-Dearman has a wealth of experience working with schools in Manitoba, and will be discussing their work supporting children and young people, as well as tools that have proved successful.

For further information or to book a space on the event, please contact Jamie.garden@gov.scot 0131 244 4634.

Dissenting voices and counter intuitive thinking…⤴

from @ Mimanifesto - Jaye's weblog

Education needs dissenting voices and counter-intuitive thinking. 

So says the leader in last week’s Times Educational Supplement Scotland. I’ve been asked quite a lot why it is that I’ve stopped being the ‘dissenting voice’ I used to be particularly with regard to Glow. I guess the answer to this is that I’ve tried to put my money where my mouth was and contribute to a future successful iteration of a national managed learning platform… however, recent developments have made me reconsider this comparative silence, together with my own role within the current process.

PersonalityPruningThe ICTEx group, of which I was a member was tasked with producing a ‘blueprint’ of how a user-centred Scottish Schools National Intranet should take shape over the coming years from December 2013 onwards.  My colleagues and I produced a paper outlining a vision for a future version of GLOW. It was a user centred proposal based upon vast experience brought to the table by group members representing all areas of education expertise and constituency, as well as the extensive collective consultations with the education community of the previous two years. This was a radical departure from the normal practice of collecting a spattering of the ‘usual suspects’ (Unions, ADES, GTCS, etc etc) and civil servants to form such groups and prompted huge expectations from the Scottish Education community that at long last, things were on the up with Glow and the future of ICT in Scottish school education as the excellence group brought an unbeatable combination of skills and experience to meld with the political will of an education secretary determined that the project should break free of the previous troubles and become something which would add real value to classrooms up and down the land.

This progress now appears to be in danger from two directions; Firstly, the current debacle which has been allowed to develop over the migration of GLOW resources to Office 365 (despite the problems being identified as potential threats as early as last August!).   The changeover to Microsoft 365 with the migrated date being in a format which is unrecognisable has caused chaos around the country and  will require significant time and effort from Local Authority education staff to reconstruct all of their Glow sites (and thats before they even get started on their schools!)  This poses a threat to the future credibility of any government/Education Scotland managed learning environment, or GlowPlus as our paper called our vision. I will write about this shortly.

However, it is the second danger to progress which I’m going to highlight in this post.

Avid followers of the GlowPlus project evolution and implementation might be frequent flyers on the Scottish Government Learning Directorate website where all the minutes and presentations are published. The revamped website appeared to be a huge improvement and heralded a more open and transparent future  (albeit with some rather glaring omissions like missing meeting minutes from all three connected groups ). And so visitors to the site might have wondered why the Project Board commissioned two particular pieces of work. The ones I’m referring to are of course the review of  ”Learning VLE’s”  by MRUK and a review of   “user experiences/development of user stories and prototyping”  by Story/Nile.

I’ve been out and about quite a lot in recent weeks, and more than a few folks have asked me why this first piece of work was commissioned as it tells us nothing we don’t already know. There are two educationalists on the board who could have told the board everything that was in it.  Furthermore, the Key Reference group, set up to ‘act as a reference point’  for the board contains internationally experienced and renowned experts on learning platforms. Are the wider community observing this process seriously to believe that folks such as Ewan McIntosh,  Mike Sharples, Ian Somerville,  Jeff Hayward,  Steven Heppell, Charlie Love and Neil Winton had nothing to offer the project Board here? And that the other group members, most of whom have experience with a range of learning platforms and who are frequently consulted by both suppliers and user groups on their use could not have given advice? It’s been said to me that their collective knowledge on Managed Learning Environments far surpasses anything a consulting business such as MRUK, a generic market and social research company could put together. They are, collectively, at the cutting edge of everything which has gone before, is currently in use, and what is coming, and so why are we spending education funding on this piece of work? In fact, if you look at the front page of their website,  MRUK have lots of links to their ‘specialist areas of expertise’ but strangely enough, education does not feature amongst these!  One well respected Scottish education figure privately described the MRUK report to me as ‘Utter shite’!

Ironically,  Key Reference group Member Professor Stephen Heppell is chairman of Learning Possibilities, the company which is implementing the Hwb national education MLE for the Welsh Government which is mentioned nowhere in the MRUK report even though there are many obvious parallels with Glow. Incidentally, Hwb+, the secure part of Hwb, is based on the LP+ VLE and can be accessed on any platform or device (the favoured communications technology is Microsoft’s Office 365).  Is anyone from the Project Team, Board or Education Scotland  talking to our Welsh counterparts or, better still,  visiting Welsh schools using the service?

What a pointless waste of taxpayers money, and shocking discourtesy and naivety on the part of the implementation team lead by Robbie Parrish. But then again, this team has one glaring omission which might explain this – it (currently) has no one on it with any experience at all in education!

And even worse, the Project Board agreed this.  Now it does have educationalists -one of whom is still teaching in school on it, but  were they listened to? Is this a gradual exclusion of the educationalists and the isolation of those that remain? Because there was a definite commitment from Mr Russell that this new practice of involvement of teachers and other educationalists started with the make-up of the Excellence group would continue.  Are we going the same way as previous GLOW projects have gone?   sunk by a sublimation into generic government project management and the exclusion of the people with the real experience to make it work well to suit the needs of the real end users – teachers and pupils.  When will they realise that education does not and cannot work in this way?

The second piece of work is even more concerning.  After nearly three years of consultation resulting in probably the most wide ranging opinion gathering exercise in education ever,  why are we now spending more education money on a ‘Glow user analysis and GLOW user experience’ commission?  If the team had *any* members from the education community on it (and there are many who are well qualified to do this work) then there would be absolutely no need for this. In any event, the ICT Excellence paper outlined a recommended plan based upon the needs of the education community represented by its members.

As a member of the Excellence group, and of the Key Reference group, lots of people have been asking me in recent weeks just what is going on with GlowPlus?  And why is work being carried out which appears to be at best, duplication and at worst, downright incompetence? Particularly as there is already a group of people who both individually and collectively have far more relevant, strategic and international knowledge available which could have informed the Project Board’s decisions where necessary. A world- beating source of education experience and knowledge in fact.  After all, in the remit of the Key Ref Group, it says..

“ Given the extensive and valued experience and expertise provided collectively by the Group, it is also anticipated that they will:

  • provide advice in relation to stakeholder engagement and consultation activities;
  • ensure the Project Board has identified all of the relevant issues and perspectives; and
  • where consulted, make suggestions as to how the implementation could be changed or improved”

If I’m honest, I couldn’t answer these questions folks have asked me or defend the decisions of the board about the commissioning of this work. Only the board itself could do this.

However, as a member of the Key Reference group set up to..

 to ensure that the implementation of those ICT in Education Excellence Group’s recommendations, as accepted by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, are designed, developed and taken forward with a user-oriented approach

…I will be asking these questions on behalf of those teachers, parents and educationalists who’ve asked them of me.  Yet again, I’m reminded of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and what he wrote  in his book about the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa which is highly relevant. He said this..

We need to develop our capacity for asking awkward questions.

I’ve had somewhat of a history of doing just that, at least as far as GLOW has been concerned.  I see this an essential check and balance mechanism on the work of the project team and board going forward.

If we are serious about building a national intranet, then we must learn from the mistakes of the past.  From a process which failed the country quite badly,

This is not a ‘Government IT project’…. this is an Education IT project.  The difference is in the word beginning with an ‘ E’ . Research from past such projects shows why education needs to be treated rather differently. Michael Russell, to his credit, realised this very early on in his tenure in the education hot seat.  However, six months later, progress on the implementation of GlowPlus is stuck in this mire of government procedure and red tape.

Just like before, the learning directorate appears to many to be unable to get a grip on this project or realise that an education community which has previously felt so disenfranchised and remote from the process is now feeling exactly the same way again. Confusion and poor communication yet again characterise every part of the overall GLOW project, both current and future. Transparency and openness are virtually non existent.   Either this project starts moving forward in a way which will be for the ultimate benefit of the education community, rather than for the convenience of generic civil service project management planning checklists or it needs to be completely dumped once and for all.

With the myriad of resources, tools and devices now available, and with increasing capacity of both awareness and skill building within the education community, Maybe we need to revisit this fundamental issue of whether there is still the appetite for a national MLE in Scotland. There has been an apparent political consensus over Glow in recent years with surprisingly little mention by the opposition parties at Holyrood. With the independence referendum coming up fast and an election to follow, I’d think that the current government have a lot to lose in terms of political capital,  if Glow can’t be realised in the way that the ICTEx report envisioned.

I started this post by quoting the TESS opinion leader comment  - Education needs dissenting voices and counter-intuitive thinking -

So much for being a dissenting voice and my need to re-register my membership,  but what about the “counter-intuitive thinking mentioned by the TESS?

 Well clearly the intuitive thinking of our civil servants is that they know best. When it comes to technology that is their ‘snap to guides’. Even when their customers – educators and learners – tell them the opposite. 

Counter-intuition should tell them that the Scottish education community is involved in all sorts of ground-breaking work so we are the ones who should be in the driving seat of GlowPlus. It might be the only way to get such this potentially transformational project back on track to release the value of such a massive investment of effort and cash.

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