Food and nutrition training for primary school teachers - Scotland

Teaching food in primary: the why, what and how

Food training - primary (Scotland)

This course has been specifically created for initial and practising primary school teachers in Scotland.


This course is based on the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence and the government's Core competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years, as well as the guidance document from PHE to support primary teachers delivering food in schools entitled, Food in primary schools: a framework of knowledge and skills.

What will be covered?

  • Module 1: Food in schools: Introducing the online training approach and key documents which support food teaching in school.
  • Module 2: Food origins: Exploring where food comes from and some of the processes involved in producing food.
  • Module 3: Healthy eating: Exploring the Eatwell Guide, its food groups, key messages and application.
  • Module 4: Nutrition: Introducing energy, nutrients, fibre and water and the differing nutritional requirements throughout life.
  • Module 5: Applied nutrition: Using nutrition knowledge to plan and prepare meals that contribute to a healthy varied diet.
  • Module 6: Food safety: Considering and managing food safety and hygiene in the classroom.
  • Module 7: Cooking: Managing and preparing the classroom, resources and pupils for safe and purposeful, practical food lessons.
  • Module 8: Teaching: Planning a progressive, whole school approach to food.

Why attend?

  • Update knowledge to enhance teaching and learning about teaching food in primary schools.
  • Signposts to free editable resources for use in the classroom will be highlighted.
  • Sources of further support and information will be made available.
  • A certificate of completion will be provided – useful as evidence for your professional development and performance managem


Trainee and practising primary teachers across Scotland. 

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