Food Safety in Classrooms On Line (2022-2023)

Food Safety in Classrooms On Line (2022-2023)

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Award of Level 2 Food Safety PLUS Accreditation to National Food Teaching standards 9.1-9.6 ‘Implementing good hygiene and safety’

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Food Safety in Classrooms - FULLY accredited training

Our course includes award of Level 2 Food Safety AND accreditation for the national recognised framework for food teaching standards SECTION 9.1 to 9.6 ‘Implementing good hygiene and safety’ (listed in ‘Food teaching in secondary schools: A framework of knowledge and skills’ 2015 Public Health England, British Nutrition Foundation and Department for Education). Download this framework Here

This course is designed for all who teach and support in food activities in school, this includes teachers, technicians, teaching assistants / higher-level teaching assistants, trainee teachers, special needs support staff and cookery club leaders.

Everyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health and well-being of their learners. This course also helps your school meet Ofsted requirements for ‘safeguarding’.

This course is designed specifically for those working in schools; as it delivers the Level 2 content with school examples to make it relevant to your everyday work. It also helps you teach elements of food safety confidently at KS3-KS5.

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How does an on-line flexible learning programme run?

You can take the course at your own pace. There are 13 sessions and the assessment. Taught content and follow up classroom activities take about 8 hours to complete. You can complete the programme:

Week by week: For example, you can do one session a week for 8- 9 weeks.

Intensive: For example, you can do all or most sessions over a weekend or half term.

As you begin, the course leader will get in touch and plan with you how you want to approach the programme. You can slow down and speed up to fit with the ebb and flow of the pressures of the teaching year. Less experienced teachers or those setting up safety systems from scratch may take longer than those simply refreshing and reviewing.

You have one academic year from booking to complete your course, your progress will then be archived. You can ask for permission to extend this if you need to and if we can accommodate this.

On-line Course support

During the on-line course, you be invited to discuss key questions or issues with your course leader by email. You will also receive feedback and advice on activities that you are given to check your knowledge and skills.

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Aims and Objectives


To ensure the food we make, serve and sell as part of our food curriculum in safe to eat.


  • To understand the terminology related to food safety and realise it’s importance
  • To gain knowledge of the systems, techniques and procedures involved in food safety.
  • To realise the importance of strict time and temperature controls when dealing with food
  • To understand the concept of food hazards and how the risk of food poisoning can be contained.
  • To be aware of the importance of good personal hygiene and the role of cleaning in preventing food contamination.
  • To understand the need for high standards of structure and equipment in food premises
  • To understand, plan and apply the standards for teaching food that relate to food safety.
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Why do we recommend this course and not just a Level 2 certificate?

This flexible learning on-line course leads to a Level 2 Food Safety certificate but offers much more for practising food teachers and support staff. The flexible learning course is delivered by experienced food teachers, so instead of a generic course about ‘Food Safety in Catering’ the content is delivered in the school context. It includes essential planning and teaching information, risk assessment and other documentation relating to safe working practices. It explains food hygiene and safety, personal hygiene and safety related directly to classroom practice.

Through a modular approach of on-line short recorded presentations, school focused activities, on-line support and live on-line group discussions you will:

  • Share good practice to ensure a high standard of food safety and hygiene in the classroom
  • Gain confidence to work safely with pupils when delivering food activities
  • Implement safe working practices, develop risk assessments and documentation

Make a case for compulsory training

If you need to make case for your training, please attached the following NEU Standards to your training bid to your school leadership team.

Training standards required

NEU: It is essential that staff delivering food technology lessons have received appropriate training in health and safety issues. Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires that employees receive appropriate health and safety instruction and training. Teachers who have qualified in the subject will have received some such instruction as part of their initial teacher training. Non-specialists, however, should be provided with specific health and safety training for food technology teaching – whether in a primary or secondary context.

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What do you need to gain access to the training room?

To access the training room you will need a Facebook account and access to the internet. The training can be accessed on a mobile device, tablet or computer.

Reviews by teachers

“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.”

"Gave me a chance to clarify so many issues (time to think with lots of practical advice from subject specialist experts)."

"The best CPD for food teachers"

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Your On Line presenters and Course Leader

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 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.

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Julie Messenger (Food Teachers Centre Senior Associate)

Julie has 22 years teaching experience, including 17 years as a Head of D&T and more recently in initial teacher training. Her skills as an Advanced Skills Teacher and Local Authority adviser have been utilised to: implement Food Technology in primary schools; support secondary schools to deliver KS3 &4 curriculum; provide practical based courses for non- specialist including HLTA’s; plan, deliver and support food based STEM challenges and careers events.More

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