Why schools need to talk about mental health?

Tonight on Channel 4 Edna O’ Brien, the 80-year-old Irish writer give out some sterling advice. She said “never lose your feelings” as she admitted to often feeling lonely and that her “gift of language has been her bread and wine”. As a fellow Irish woman, I admit that my love of education has been… Continue reading Why schools need to talk about mental health?

Sugar rush, sugar tax and food education

In order to reduce the health conditions associated with the over consumption of sugar such as obesity, diabetes and dental caries it has been suggested that a sugar tax is introduced in the UK. Jamie Oliver released an interesting documentary highlighting the health concerns associated with consumption of sugar aptly named “Sugar Rush”. Action for… Continue reading Sugar rush, sugar tax and food education

Food Policy and Education – a joined up approach to Malnutrition and Food Poverty

News headlines today highlight the extent of malnutrition in the UK and the comprehensive Fabian Commission Report “Hungry For Change ” details the extent of the problem and the need to create a food system that works better for people on low incomes. It calls for the government to put in place a strategy to… Continue reading Food Policy and Education – a joined up approach to Malnutrition and Food Poverty

Malnutrition in schools – a problem far too great to ignore!

As I flicked through various Twitter feeds which highlighted that food banks in Britain are expecting a greater demand during school holidays it struck me just how worrying malnutrition is in this country. Most people think of malnutrition as bad nutrition and in its most life threatening form it is often associated with images of… Continue reading Malnutrition in schools – a problem far too great to ignore!

How skills competitions can enhance the curriculum?

In education it is important to remember that many pupils learn very effectively by doing and it is important to celebrate this as well as academic excellence. Competitions in skills based activities can be used effectively to drive up standards and encourage excellence. Competitions can also use formative and summative assessment when pupils are made… Continue reading How skills competitions can enhance the curriculum?

Food Education should be a government priority

We live in a society that is plagued by ill health both physical and mental. Food teachers can make a tremendous impact on the way pupils prepare and eat food to maintain good health. Food teachers, in a way are health promoters who can play a proactive role in educating nutritionists,┬ádietitians, teachers, doctors of the… Continue reading Food Education should be a government priority