The Schools Food Trust (SFT) has designed a series of low cost cookery courses aimed specifically at the education sector.
The SFT was established in 2005 and is a national charity and specialist advisor to the Government on matters relating to children’s food, school meals and related issues.
The aims of the SFT are to ensure that children receive the food education; cookery skills and balanced diet that they will need to live a healthy life and achieve their potential.
The series of one-day courses will include topics such as how to develop flexible and compliant menus and how to put the fun back into cooking and food.
Other subject areas will include engaging pupils and parents with healthy food; creative marketing of school meals and increasing the take up of free school meals.
A spokesman for the SFT explained that the courses will cover the key issues currently affecting school food, with the content developed from expertise that has been gained through working in partnership with numerous schools since 2005.
The SFT are confident that the low-cost courses will provide a great deal of practical help to those looking to increase the take up of school meals. Delegates should expect to leave with a number of ideas and actions that have been used effectively in schools throughout the country.
The SFT has recently published figures showing that the number of children choosing to eat school meals has grown for third successive year. However the majority of children still opt not to eat school meals.
The sessions will begin in the autumn with courses in Birmingham and London and prices starting from as little as £150. Further information is available online at www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/howto