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BNF Life Skills

Interest in food, nutrition and health in our schools is high on the political agenda. One area where teachers, parents and pupils have expressed an interest is the teaching of basic food skills, such as cooking, budgeting, food safety and consumer awareness. In light of this response, the Foundation has developed a Food Life Skills course for students aged 14-19.

The course is not be a replacement for any examinations, but offers the opportunity for young people to experience more intensive practical food sessions. For example, the course can be used:

  • as an additional non-certificated course in curriculum time for some selected pupils;
  • in schools or sixth-form centres to provide skills for school leavers;
  • as evidence within a school’s Healthy Schools bid, especially in light of recent changes.

It is envisaged that a food skills course would provide opportunities for young people to:

  • have hands-on experiences with food, i.e. cook;
  • learn about and demonstrate basic food hygiene and preparation skills;
  • learn about healthy eating through practical work;
  • apply simple budgeting skills to food choice;
  • work independently and in small groups to develop confidence;
  • become better informed consumers.

    Last reviewed January 2009. Next review due December 2013
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