Schools across Scotland are reaping the benefits of a fund set up to encourage innovation in food education. Primary and secondary schools who received the first batch of Food for Thought funding which was released last year are building poly-tunnels, growing fruit and vegetables to cook with, developing new food products and packaging, using science and technology, and working with local businesses to sell their wares. These are only a few of the activities that are being supported by the funding to date.
The next tranche of funding is currently open for applications with the closing date of 28 March fast approaching.
Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing said, ‘We are really seeing fantastic enthusiasm for Food for Thought in schools already. The projects that have received funding so far are now able to use food education across literacy, numeracy, science, business, art and music. I would encourage any school that has an idea around how they could use this funding, to fill out an application and get it in before the deadline.’
Applications are welcome from early years and primary establishments, as well as secondary; all curricular areas are encouraged to apply. Schools will be required to work in partnership with a local business to enhance the project and consider how to link the activities to the events of 2014 such as the Commonwealth Games, Homecoming and the Ryder Cup. Or they can choose to link with the Year of Scotland’s Food and Drink 2015.
For more information please visit our Foor for Thought: Education Fund pages.