Grow, Cook, Eat Sessions in East Ayrshire & Stirling

by East Ayrshire Council and Stirling Council


Teachers and catering staff in East Ayrshire and Stirling came together in February to share and learn from each other at ‘Grow, Cook, Eat’ in-service days.

Delivered in partnership with local and national expertise, the days gave participants the opportunity to learn and build on practical food-related skills, as well as explore some of the wider learning that this ‘soil to plate’ journey can add value to.

The Royal Highland Education Trust gave participants the chance to learn where food comes from through scone-making, and local food-growing experts facilitated hands-on growing workshops. Local authority catering staff then led practical food preparation sessions; where teachers and catering staff worked together to create simple, healthy dishes from local, seasonal ingredients. Participants then sat down and shared the delicious food they had created together. Afterwards participants took part in a Food for Life Scotland-led discussion around the importance of creating a positive food culture in the school dining hall and beyond. These practical sessions were combined with the opportunity to ‘mind-map’ the links that could be made across and beyond all aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.


What did participants have to say about the day?

"Growing and using your own produce will be rewarding and will develop confidence in children & staff." - teacher in East Ayrshire 

"The cooking workshop provided practical, hands-on activities and good ideas to transition into class. I enjoyed eating!" - teacher in East Ayrshire 

"I have not yet cooked with a class - I will do this soon. I have only grown potatoes before as part of a RHET project and will branch out into other things next session." - teacher in Stirling

"I'm more informed regarding how, where, and when food gets to the table." - teacher in Stirling


We’re thankful for all of the partner organisations who helped to make these events possible. You can find out more about all of them by clicking on the links below.

The Royal Highland Education Trust

Stirling Council Catering Services

Forth Environment Link

East Ayrshire Council Catering Services

Dumfries House



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