BNF believes that teachers play an important role in helping to shape children’s food understanding. This is why we have launched an initiative to provide free online training in food and nutrition to all primary school teachers throughout the UK.

The training forms part of our charitable work, as well as lasting legacy from our 50th anniversary, ensuring that teachers are confident, competent and motivated in delivering fantastic lessons that inspire children, and help equip them for life.

Children looking at the eatwell guide

The course is specifically created for initial and practicing primary school teachers. It is based on the requirements of the curricula in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the PHE Core Competences for Children and Young People and government guidance to support primary school teachers deliver food teaching in schools (PHE/DfE).

The course covers:

  • Module 1: Food in schools
  • Module 2: Food origins
  • Module 3: Healthy eating
  • Module 4: Nutrition
  • Module 5: Applied nutrition
  • Module 6: Food safety
  • Module 7: Cooking
  • Module 8: Teaching

Each module includes a short test, providing you with feedback on your progress. On successful completion of a final assessment, a personalised BNF certificate is created. The course will take approximately 5-7 hours to complete. You can complete the course at your own pace – there is no time limit.


The course is FREE to all UK primary schools and those in primary teacher training only, please do not register if you are not a primary school, trainee or are based outside the UK.

Please complete one registration per school, we will send access details for all the teachers in your school indicated on your form.

To register for the training, click on the relevant link below.

  • England - available now
  • Northern Ireland - registration open, course available soon
  • Scotland registration open, course available soon
  • Wales - registration open, course available soon (available in English and Welsh)


Find out more

To read more about why we are providing this course, click here.