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Food Education Project Officer

School Food Matters
Secondary schools in Ealing and neighbouring boroughs

Posted: 10/01/2019

Deadline: 31/01/2019

Compensation: £50 per session/22 sessions

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract

Job description

School Food Matters (SFM) is a registered charity. Our mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from.  To achieve this we campaign to improve school meals and devise, develop and deliver food education programmes for schools. 

Fresh Enterprise is a programme for secondary schools in and around Ealing. The aim of the project is to give students a chance to experience a career in the food industry and learn more about where their food comes from. Students will learn how to create a delicious pesto or paste without a recipe, discover how food products are marketed, develop their own paste and product label and then present their finished creation to a Tasting Panel.

To enrich this programme, we’re looking for an enthusiastic project officer to support delivery. This role offers a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on experience of a food education programme that encompasses cooking, design and enterprise. 

If successful, this role could lead into more paid freelance work in the Ealing area with primary and secondary schools.

Working Hours

Flexible: Part-time work between February - May 2019, during school hours

Key tasks  

  • Attend and support the delivery of 4 site tours, 8 cooking sessions and 1 tasting panel. These sessions are run by other people. Support activities will include:
    • Introduce school to person delivering the session
    • Help to set up food room ready for the session
    • Assist with guiding and teaching students/adults
    • Take photos of the session following guidelines
    • Hand out feedback forms and collect feedback from students/adults
    • Gather data on the year group and number of students and teachers present
  • Independently deliver and manage 8 food marketing sessions. All curriculum and materials will be provided and you will be trained on how to deliver the sessions.

Person specification

Skills and Competencies

  • Experience of cooking professionally and/or teaching cooking to children or young people
  • Experience of, or interest in, working with secondary school students
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • An interest and enthusiasm for the charity sector and SFM’s mission!


  • Reliability, punctuality, common sense and a professional attitude to work
  • Experience working with secondary school students.
  • A commitment to complete the agreed programme of work.

Application information

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About School Food Matters

School Food Matters is a small charity based in London. Our mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. To achieve this we listen to and involve parents, children and schools. We work together to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms. Over the past ten years, our food education programmes have reached tens of thousands of children across the UK.