IFST calls on government to recognise that food is an excellent vehicle to teach children science, supporting priorities in public health, an innovative economy, and the need to move towards a more sustainable food system. With the loss of food science A levels, the next government needs to do more to encourage the integration of food topics into the science curricula for secondary school children. The only secondary qualification dealing with food, the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE, while having scientific elements in the curriculum, has a greater emphasis on the skills of food preparation and cooking and will not automatically be seen as a core GCSE for those wanting to pursue a career in food science.
What IFST is doing about it
IFST currently supports schools in the investigation element of the GCSE by arranging mentors for schools and publishes food science resources for secondary schools under the Love Food Love Science banner (for more information see http://www.ifst.org/lovefoodlovescience)
IFST has an ongoing project to align food science resources to the sciences curricula and encourage their use and integration in the curriculum, through discussions with educational stakeholders. For more information and if you would like to support this activity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Love Food Love Science gives secondary school teachers access to credible food science and technology teaching resources and mentoring support. It is provided free by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), a professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. IFST is an independent membership body, supporting food professionals through knowledge sharing and professional recognition.
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