Teaching Food Safely in the Primary School

A new primary food safety course developed to ensure the food we make, serve and sell as part of our food curriculum is safe to eat

Teaching Food Safely in the Primary School

Aims of the course

The course Teaching Food Safely in Primary School has been developed to ensure the food we make, serve and sell, as part of our Food Curriculum is safe to eat.

The course covers

Training and assessment for Level 2 Food Safety certificate and more, including risk assessment guidance and other documentation relating to safe working practices in terms of food hygiene and safety, personal hygiene and safety related directly to classroom practice.

This course is recommended for everyone who is involved in primary food education, including cookery clubs or food activities in school. This includes teachers, technicians, teaching assistants/ higher level teaching assistants, trainee teachers, support staff, parent helpers. As working with food is compulsory at KS1 and KS2, it is crucial that staff are up to date. This training is designed to support all those who work in this capacity.

Successful completion of this course results in a Level 2 Food Safety in Catering award.  It will also increases  confidence in supporting pupils safe working during food activities. The course also provides the resources necessary to implement safe working practices, complete risk assessments and documentation to support Food Safety in your primary school.

Course start and finish times: 8.45 for 9.00 – 17.30 (a requirement for accreditation)

The course will ensure that you

  • understand the terminology related to food safety.
  • realise the importance of strict time and temperature controls when dealing with food.
  • understand the concept of food hazards and how the risk of food poisoning can be contained.
  • be aware of the importance of good personal hygiene and the role of cleaning in preventing food contamination.
  • understand the need for high standards of structure and equipment in food premises.
  • understand, plan and apply the Primary Health & Safety Standards that make reference to Food Safety

Host your own training session

If there is not a course nearby, you may wish to host a training session at your own school. Find out how.

The Exam

The exam is up to 1 hour long; 30 multiple choice questions; 20 right answers needed for a pass. Ofqual Accredited Certificates issued by the Highgate approx 6-8 weeks after the exam. It is recommended that the award is updated every 3 years. Take a look at the candidate charter at the bottom of this page.

How can I can I book a Teaching Food Safely course?

An event can be booked online by following the steps in the Training & Events section, by calling 01789 470007 or email events@data.org.uk.

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