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29/01/14 15:15

Feeding the mind

First awards from food education fund.

Young minds will be able to feast on a regular diet of food-related lessons at more than 300 Scottish schools.

Scotland’s Food Minister Richard Lochhead announced the first successful applicants to the Food For Thought Education Fund, which helps pupils learn about all aspects of food and supports the aims of Curriculum for Excellence.

The first 61 successful projects, which link into the major events of 2014, will share almost £360,000 of Scottish Government funding, with another £640,000 to be handed out in the next round of the scheme.

Among the successful applications this time are:

  • St Eunan’s Primary School (£2,841) in West Dunbartonshire for pupils to learn about life on a farm at the Ardardan Estate and host a Homecoming 2014 Farmer’s Market
  • Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh (£4,400) to focus their studies on a certain country, develop a festival and decide on and grow their own fruit and vegetables
  • The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway (£5,000) for pupils to work with local businesses to use local produce to make healthy products in a project inspired by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Mr Lochhead said:

“Scotland’s food and drink industry is booming and interest in it has never been greater. It’s a sector which Scotland can be proud of and one with plenty of room for growth, and it is tremendous to see schools getting involved.

“I want youngsters to not only engage with the journey of their food and its health impacts, but also open their eyes to potential careers in the industry and further afield - they can learn about business management and how to plan and promote events.

“2014 is a huge year for Scotland. It’s a time when we will be at the centre of the world’s attention with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and, of course, the Year of Homecoming. Food can play a key role in getting our pupils engaged in these events.

“The next round of funding is now open through the Education Scotland website and I would encourage more schools across Scotland to look at possible projects and get involved in this food revolution. I’m also keen to see the private sector support this project – both to increase the funds available and to develop productive relationships between schools and local firms.”

Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer from Education Scotland said:

“The opportunity to apply for funding from the Food for Thought: Education Fund will give schools and clusters scope to explore food education across Curriculum for Excellence. Health and wellbeing underpins the skills, attributes and capabilities required for children and young people to get the most out of their learning and supports them to achieve positive destinations in the future.”

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Background

More on the Food For Thought Education Fund:

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningteachingandassessment/curriculumareas/healthandwellbeing/supportmaterials/foodforthoughteducationfund/introduction.asp

Funding of up to £5,000 per school will be available to teachers to support projects over 2013-15, each of which will be topped-up with a direct financial or in-kind contribution from the private sector.

More on Education Scotland:

For further details on individual projects please contact foodfund@educationscotland.gov.uk

Education Scotland is committed to building the confidence and capacity of practitioners to improve learning and teaching within food education in Curriculum for Excellence using national initiatives 2014 Commonwealth Games and Homecoming.

Applications are welcome from early years and primary establishments, and secondary practitioners from all curricular areas are encouraged to apply.