Childhood obesity: How much is food education in schools part of the solution? (Northern Ireland)

Childhood obesity: How much is food education in schools part of the solution? (Northern Ireland)

Join us for this regional conference tackling the importance of childhood obesity and food education in Northern Ireland.


This conference is one of a series around the UK and is aimed at teachers in primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland.

Each conference tackles the importance of childhood obesity, which has been raised further as an issue since lockdown. The conferences will be presented through a series of inter-related presentations, focusing on key themes of obesity, curriculum, whole school, qualifications, food supply and, teaching and learning.
While the context is childhood obesity, it is also very much about the ‘here and now’, the challenges presented by Covid-19, but also the green shoots of opportunity. The sessions will be of interest to colleagues involved in food and nutrition education from primary through to secondary phases*. Each event will have a regional flavour.

Feedback from teachers who attended previous events include:
• Excellent event, thanks. Great variety of speakers and they were all fantastic (primary teacher).
• I always learn something new, whether it is statistics, a curriculum matter or info from another teacher. Great way to network and know you're not alone (secondary teacher).
• Wonderful day - full of brilliant ideas and information which I look forward to using in the classroom (secondary teacher).
• Excellent combination of resources and talks (secondary teacher).
• As always, a brilliant morning with lots of very useful information to take back to school. Also very useful for me in terms of my own CPD - very informative (secondary teacher).

The event is FREE to attend – the cost of this event is fully subsidised by FFL. As the events are virtual, please bring your own refreshments!

*There is one presentation on qualifications, which may not be appropriate to primary colleagues.

What will be covered?

There will be a series of inter-related presentations on the day, with a Q&A session:

• Childhood obesity in the UK: Context, Covid-19, reality and the future. Alex White, Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation
• Curriculum perspective: Speaker TBC
• Whole school perspective: Speaker TBC
• Qualifications: Speaker TBC
• Insight: What we buy and eat: learnings from lockdown and opportunities for the future? Kim Malley, Senior Retail Insight Manager, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
• Resources and training to support teaching and learning - Frances Meek, Senior Education Officer, British Nutrition Foundation

• We have published the dates and themes of the conferences in advance to help with diaries and booking – it is first come, first served.
• Exact details of each speaker will be added shortly.
• FFL reserves the right to amend the programme at any time.

Why attend?

• Engage in a national conference with your peers, focusing on current issues with food and nutrition education in schools.
• Listen to key speakers present on issues that affect what you do – supporting your professional development and critical thinking, as well as providing a basis for change back at school.
• Opportunities to ask questions and virtually ‘network’.
• Take part in insightful polls around key topics and areas of interest – seeing the results live.
• It is 100% subsidised – your commitment is your time.
• Access the slides and videos of presentations just after the event – at least a month before they become publically available.
• Signposts to free editable resources for use in the classroom.
• A certificate of attendance will be provided – useful as evidence for your professional development and performance management.
• The training event supports the Food teaching in primary and secondary schools: a framework of knowledge and skills– backed by government.


• Trainee and practising primary and secondary teachers (note – there is one session around qualifications aimed at secondary, which may not be appropriate to primary school colleagues).
• Trainee, new, less experienced and non-specialist secondary food teachers.

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