Online training

Online training for primary school teachers

BNF believes that teachers play an important role in helping to shape children’s food understanding. This is why we are launching our initiative to provide free online teaching food in primary school course.

The training forms part of our charitable work, as well as lasting legacy for our 50th anniversary, ensuring that teachers are confident, competent and motivated in delivering fantastic lessons that inspire children, and equip them for life.

The course is being specifically created for initial and practicing primary school teachers. It is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum (England), the PHE Core Competences for Children and Yong People and guidance to support primary school teachers deliver food teaching in schools (PHE/DfE). A course for primary schools in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will also be available. 

The course covers:

  • Module 1: Food in schools
  • Module 2: Food origins
  • Module 3: Healthy eating
  • Module 4: Nutrition
  • Module 5: Applying nutrition understanding
  • 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 BNF 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.


To register for the training when it becomes available, click here. (Currently open to primary schools in England.)

Find out more

To read more about why we are providing this course, click here. 



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