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Featured Case Studies

These case studies highlight examples of schools and industry working together to bring the curriculum to life using food as a context for learning. Below are some of our featured case studies.

Coatbridge Burger Challenge

Coatbridge Burger Challenge

The pupils were challenged to design a healthy new burger suitable for sale in a local butcher shop and encouraged to explore the areas of; new product development, different cooking methods, nutrients in food, marketing and promotion and careers and job roles to support these activities in the industry.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Sustainability, lime circle
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Technologies, aqua star

Image: Coatbridge Burger Challenge

Secret Sausages Marketing Challenge

Secret Sausages Marketing Challenge

Secondary school pupils were challenged to produce a marketing plan to make Secret Sausages a relevant and compelling healthy option for school children – both at school on the lunch menu and at home.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Languages, red star

Image: Secrete Sausage Business Challenge Final

Game on Warburtons Challenge

Game on Warburtons Challenge

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Sustainability, lime circle
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Technologies, aqua star

Image: The winning team

Smoothie Challenge

Smoothie Challenge

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Languages, red star

Image: The Smoothie Challenge: Market research

Morgan Academy and Scotherbs Marketing Challenge

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Social Studies, pink star

Video: Scotherbs Business Challenge at Morgan Academy

Make it with Meat

Make it with Meat

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Social Studies, pink star

Border Biscuit Challenge

Pupils in the first year of the secondary school were challenged to design and make “a new exciting children's biscuit” for Border Biscuits.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Technologies, aqua star
North Lanarkshire Junior Dragon's Lair

North Lanarkshire Junior Dragon's Lair

An authority wide competition for all primary schools in North Lanarkshire was based on a similar format to the popular television programme “Dragons Den”.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Expressive Arts, yellow star
  • Technologies, aqua star
Milky Twist pupils

Milky Twist

Developing a partnership with Müller Wiseman Dairies, one of the largest dairy companies in the UK, was an ideal partnership that helped a class of pupils extend their knowledge and understanding of the food and drink industry “from farm to fork”.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Social Studies, pink star
  • Languages, red star

Image: Pupils visiting the dairy farm

Waid Academy pupils

Barnetts Biscuit Challenge

Local Artisan baker, Murray Barnett is passionate about his craft and keen to share his passion and enthusiasm for bakery with his local school. Through this passion he aims to promote the industry and encourage more young people to think about a future in the food industry.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Sciences, green star

Image: Pupils during the product development process

Will it blend?

Will it blend?

Pupils were tasked with working in teams to adopt key roles to develop a company with associated branding, make a range of smoothie products.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Ethical Trading, yellow circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Expressive Arts, yellow star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Languages, red star

Image: Will in Blend - pupils work

Warburtons Challenge

Warburtons Challenge

Pupils from four local primary schools were challenged to design, create and market a new bread product that would fit into the Warburtons range, and later present their product to the company via a simulated sales pitch.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • New Product Development, purple circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Expressive Arts, yellow star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Languages, red star
Tattie Tastic pupils

Tattie Tastic

Developing a partnership with Agrico Ltd., the Scottish based seed potato company was an ideal partnership that helped a class of pupils extend their knowledge and understanding of the food and drink industry “from farm to fork”.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Sustainability, lime circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Sciences, green star
  • Languages, red star

Image: Pupils harvesting their tatties and finding out how well they have grown in different conditions

Nairn's - The Story of an Oat

Nairn's had previously worked with their local primary schools to develop “The Story of an Oat' DVD in which pupils describe the growing cycle and production of oats from seed to oatcake.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Expressive Arts, yellow star
  • Technologies, aqua star

Video: Story of an Oat

Coatbridge Students creating a new baby food

Coatbridge Baby Food

The partnership was an opportunity to provide practical and industry-led contextual learning for S5/6 pupils studying Higher Health and Food Technology.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Languages, red star

Image: Coatbridge Students creating a new baby food

Auchenblae - The 'Souper' Apprentice

Auchenblae - The 'Souper' Apprentice

Enterprise is a core part of the ethos at Auchenblae School. A Future in Food provided an opportunity to extend enterprise education into a wider industry context.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Expressive Arts, yellow star
  • Technologies, aqua star

Image: Apprentice winners

Microbiology at work

Microbiology at work

S1 pupils were tasked by Devro to work in teams to investigate new product development, the science of food, food safety and hygiene and career opportunities and job skills.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Health and Wellbeing, lime star
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Technologies, aqua star
  • Sciences, green star

Key to industry scenarios:

  • Sustainability, lime circleSustainability
  • Marketing and Labelling, blue circleMarketing and Labelling
  • Ethical Trading, yellow circleEthical Trading
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circleHealth and Wellbeing
  • New Product Development, purple circleNew Product Development
  • Food Security, red circleFood Security

Key to curriculum themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing, lime starHealth and Wellbeing
  • Mathematics, blue starMathematics
  • Expressive Arts, yellow starExpressive Arts
  • Technologies, aqua starTechnologies
  • Religious and Moral Education, purple starReligious and Moral Education
  • Social Studies, pink starSocial Studies
  • Sciences, green starSciences
  • Languages, red starLanguages

Last reviewed: 22 Feb 2019