This BNF Food Life Skills course comprises:

  • A Teachers' guide;
  • 13 main modules and 6 support modules (as Microsoft PowerPoint presentations);
  • 39 recipes;
  • 12 BNF Food Skills Videos (in Quicktime);
  • Certificates for pupils.


The course has been developed to be flexible, enabling you to dip in and use those modules and resources that best suit and support what you want to achieve with your pupils.

The course modules are provided as a series of presentations to enable you to:

  • Pick and choose those modules relevant to your school;
  • Customise them to better suit your own circumstances;
  • Use them as a template to develop additional modules of your own;
  • Use them on an interactive whiteboard;
  • Print them as booklets to give to your pupils;
  • Print them in A4 or A3 format to produce a display in the classroom;
  • Cut and paste content into your own worksheets;
  • Provide them to students for interactive study.


All BNF Food Life Skills resources can be accessed from this website. It is a good idea to download this guide, the modules, videos and the recipes before you start. Then you will have all the essentials that you need to get started.  The resources can also be purchsed on CD, to order your copy, click here.


? It is surmised that you have already recruited a group of young people to take part in your cooking course. Details for setting up a cookery club can be found in the Food in Schools Toolkit.

? Decide which modules you want to use. Plan the length of your course, along with which modules and recipes you are going to include.

? Ensure that a suitable cooking room is available, along with the necessary equipment. Decide how ingredients are going to be provided and secure funding or decide a charging policy. Shopping lists are available in the main modules for each week.

? At the start of each cooking session, show the main module to the young people, perhaps on an interactive whiteboard. Allow time for questions and answers. This is a good time to set the scene and go through your expectations, e.g. plan of action/behaviour. You could show/demonstrate key skills, e.g. use the BNF food videos.

? Pass round the recipes for the module. Go through each recipe - highlight any areas of potential misunderstanding. Remind them of the plan of action, i.e. which recipe to start first.

? Allow the young people to cook. Go round and help. You could have the PowerPoint presentation for the module being constantly displayed, particularly the ‘plan of action'.

? As the young people are cooking you may wish to demonstrate key skills, e.g. making shortcrust pastry or lining a tin or chat about healthier eating. Use the information in the main (or support) modules to help.

? Check the time frequently - are the young people keeping to plan? Remind them of any time targets they need to meet.

? At the end, get the young people together to look at what they have cooked. If possible, get the young people to eat together. Ask them to explain what they thought of the experience and the dishes prepared.

? Talk about the next session. You will need to organise shopping.

? Invite members of staff, Governors and other community representatives to some of the sessions. Promote the cooking sessions widely.