Plymouth Fishing and Seafood Association CIC (PFSA) have arranged a free days’ training for the Fish in School Hero (FISH) program
Plymouth Fishing and Seafood Association CIC (PFSA) with support from Plymouth City Council and City College Plymouth have arranged for the Fish in School Hero (FISH) program to offer a free days’ training on all thing’s seafood in Plymouth on Saturday 21 January 10am-2pm.
Food Teachers Centre ‘Fish in School Hero’ aims to ensure that every child gets a chance to prepare, cook and eat fish before they leave school. The programme aims to train secondary food teachers to be confident in preparing and cooking fish with students in their classrooms.
Teachers will be supported by local Heroes: fishmongers, fish-loving chefs and fish suppliers, as well as other Heroes who can support schools to talk first-hand about their role in bringing seafood from the sea to the plate, highlighting careers and opportunities in the fish industry.
The course will be delivered by Simon Gray, who is an experienced teacher, and a former head of food who has worked in Hospitality and Retail Catering Management at a senior management level. He said:
“It is great to be rolling out our Fish Heroes’ (fish in schools training) project in Britain’s Ocean City. This is the first City to run a scheme open to all schools directly supported by the local fishing community.
“Young people in the UK are eating less and less fish, missing out on the health benefits of seafood unaware of sustainable British food choices that are available on their doorstep. We are excited at the chance to work with the PFSA to bring seafood straight into classrooms and highlight the best of UK food choices.”
This practical training day matches the GCSE and vocational course requirements closely, so that teachers can develop their student’s knowledge and skills in how to buy, prepare, cook, present and taste a variety of fish.
PFSA CEO Jason Berry said:
“We are so pleased that we are able to bring the FISH program to Plymouth and give the City’s’ food teachers the opportunity to hone existing skills and pick up new ones using local seafood.
“The health benefits of eating have fish has long been understood, but all too often young people do not have the core skills to choose, fillet and prepare seafood, we know it can be quite daunting to be faced with a whole fish to deal with. This course helps support teachers to deliver those skills in their classrooms and we are excited to support that work.”
The one-day course will deliver:
An introduction to Fish
• Types, seasonality, nutritional benefits, cost, sustainability and environmental issues.
• Fish facts – methods used to catch, availability and cost.
Teaching about Fish
• Mapping the curriculum – why these skills are important to learn and how preparing and cooking fish can gain marks in practical exams
• How to introduce fish preparation into the classroom, risk assessment, health and safety issues and tips for addressing any resistance to using raw fish
• Suitable recipes, how to use fish for GCSE development work (NEA2) and higher-level skills.
Cooking with Fish
• Teachers will prepare a variety of different fish species, learning the correct skills and techniques to filet and portion
• Teachers will prepare and cook at least two high level skill dishes that your students can replicate within the classroom
Post event follow up
• Partnership development with local ‘Heroes’ for school demonstrations, ordering of fish for tasting, preparation and cooking with your classes.
Elaine Hayes CEO of the National Marine Park said:
“It is vitally important that we equip teachers with the knowledge of how to prepare and cook sustainably caught fish This course does just that and we are delighted to be able to support this initiative.”
Anyone interested in applying or wondering how they can set-up a similar program in their area can do so by emailing [email protected]