Training courses

Food – a fact of life (FFL) courses are designed to support the training needs of teachers who teach food, based around delivering the curriculum. The courses build on the successful work of the BNF and AHDB working with teachers over many years, as well as work through the Food Teacher Professional Portfolio programme.

The FFL training courses are open to all teachers (trainee and practising) and teaching assistants that teach food. Training is a mix of free, discounted and paid-for.

Why not join the FFL Personal Professional Development programme? We will keep in touch and let you know about training opportunities available. Click here for further details.

FFL training is delivered by:

  • webinars: live online events to support specific areas of food knowledge or classroom practice (recordings will also be available for ‘catch-up’);
  • online training courses: longer training courses, where teachers can go through content in their own time, at their own pace;
  • practical workshops: small group sessions, focusing on the development of food skills, healthy eating or learning about specific food commodities and food origins;
  • conferences: larger face-to-face events, focusing on topical education or curriculum issues, ideal for networking and sharing good practice.


  • Wednesday 26 June at 8pm – Food literacy versus Food skills,  Dr Sandra Fordyce-Voorham, Head of Food & Nutrition, Mentone Girls' Grammar School, Australia. For more information and to book, click here.
  • Thursday 4 July at 8pm – The Quality Calorie concept – because a healthy diet is about both quality and quantity, Sarah Coe, Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation. For more information and to book, click here.

Food and nutrition education in Scotland conference

Saturday 16 November 2019, The Glasgow Marriot Hotel, Glasgow

The first Food – a fact of life Food and nutrition education in Scotland conference for primary and secondary teachers will take place on 16 November 2019. The conference is aimed at trainee, new, non-specialist and experienced teachers and will provide insight into the food and nutrition issues that impact the lives and education of children and young people in Scotland. There will be presentations from experts in the fields of  education, cooking, food and farming, nutrition and classroom management.

There will be an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and update knowledge to enhance teaching and learning of food and nutrition education for children and young people. There will be sessions dedicated to teaching pupils in the primary and secondary phases.

This half day conference is being offered to teachers at a greatly subsidised rate of £20 (including VAT ) per person. Cost includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Limited early bird discounted tickets are available – use the code primary50 or secondary50 when booking to receive this discount.

There are also a limited number of free places for trainee primary and secondary teachers.  Please contact Frances for more details:

For more information and to book, click here:

Online courses

Free online training for primary school teachers

We believe 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 teaching food in primary school course. The training has been developed to ensure that teachers are confident, competent and motivated in delivering fantastic lessons that inspire children, and equip them for life.

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 Yong People and 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 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 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:

To download a flyer about the course to share with others, click here. For a Gaelic medium flyer, click here.


BNF is grateful to the following organisations which have supported the staff time to develop this course: The Morrisons Foundation, with support from Agriculture Horticulture Development Board, Associated British Foods, Kellogg's, Ingredion UK Limited, M&S, nabim and Warburtons. The content has been developed by BNF alone.

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