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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.

Tunnocks Biscuit Challenge

Tunnocks Biscuit Challenge

The Tunnocks Biscuit Challenge set pupils the task of developing a high energy snack suitable for an athlete participating in the Commonwealth Games.

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

Image: Tunnocks Biscuit Challenge

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
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

David Stewart of The Edrington Group working with pupils

Drumchapel High School & The Edrington Group Business Partnership

One of the the largest local employers in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow is The Edrington Group, which blends and bottles some of Scotland's best known whisky brands.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Ethical Trading, yellow circle
  • Health and Wellbeing, aqua circle
  • Food Security, red circle
  • Curriculum themes:
  • Mathematics, blue star
  • Social Studies, pink star
  • Languages, red star

Image: David Stewart of The Edrington Group working with pupils

Food Forensics, Springburn pupils

Food Forensics

GSS set two classes of S2 the challenge of investigating a possible food contamination incident and reporting back to a “court”.

  • 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
  • Sciences, green star
  • Languages, red star

Image: Springburn pupils visit the lab to find out what happens and the jobs available

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

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

The Charcuterie Apprentice

Meat and sausage manufacturer Charcuterie teamed up with their local primary school to challenge around 50 primary seven pupils to set up their own companies and run a profitable business.

  • Industry scenarios:
  • Sustainability, lime circle
  • 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
  • Languages, red star

Video: Team Talk

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