20 June 2012
'Tattie Tastic' shortlisted for Partnership Excellence Awards
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'Tattie Tastic', an innovative educational project between Scottish based seed
potato company, Agrico UK, and its local school, Glamis Primary, has been
shortlisted in Angus Council's Partnership Excellence Awards.
'Tattie Tastic' supports 'A Curriculum for Excellence', and enables pupils to
gain a better understanding of the production and processing of food and also
gain practical skills via real life experiences and active engagement with
So far, pupils involved in the project have had a series of
lessons led by Agrico, to teach them all about potatoes – from farm to fork,
including growing their own potatoes and marketing them. The project will
a cook-off when the children will have the opportunity to both cook and eat the
potatoes they have grown.
Participants in Tattie Tastic have found that the programme has provided them
with a multitude of new skills including for both life and work. Pupils have
learnt just how qualified staff at Agrico are and the level of training
to work in the industry. Staff at Agrico have also reported benefits such as
increased pride in their organisation and in encouraging young people to
future in food.
The Award's judges describe the project as: “a fantastic example of partnership
working between education and the wider community, which has made a significant
impact on the learning experience of young people and a lasting contribution to
the life of the school and employees”.
Tattie Tastic is one of the many partnerships set up by the Scottish Food and
Drink Federation's (SFDF) as part of its schools programme – A Future in Food,
which creates mutually beneficial educational relationships between schools and
food industry to facilitate learning and awareness of future employment
opportunities ranging from plant pathology to production management, agronomy
expertise, marketing to sales.
The winner of the Partnership Excellence Award will be announced at the
Partnership Recognition Event, on Tuesday 28th August 2012 at the Carnoustie
Moira Stalker, National Coordinator for SFDF's A Future in Food said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Tattie Tastic has been shortlisted. It's a
great project that has produced significant benefits for all involved. Using
food industry as a context for learning is a great way to give young people an
insight into both the industry and the world of work. By opening the doors to
industry, we are encouraging young people to think about a career in the
industry by giving them an understanding of the wide variety of jobs
Archie McGibbon Executive Director, Agrico UK said:
“It has been a privilege to partner Glamis Primary School on year one of
Tattie Tastic in collaboration with the Scottish Food & Drink Federations,
in Food “, programme."
" The children have been a delight to have around and are a
credit to their schools and families. We all know the misconceptions associated
with where milk and eggs come from etc , well telling the story of the humble
potato, the third most important food crop in the world is no less compelling.
Everyone who has been involved with this project have commented upon the way
children have embraced the range and scope of the project from growing their
potatoes to measuring carbohydrate in the laboratory, designing marketing
and conducting sensory evaluation taste tests. We look forward to many more
years introducing our young people to where food comes through Tattie Tastic.”
Jayne Ferguson, Head Teacher at Glamis Primary School said:
“Our involvement with Agrico has brought real inspiration to our pupils and
had made their learning interesting, fun and engaging. Throughout the project
they have become more motivated about their learning and for many of them has
boosted their confidence as a result of the success they have achieved. Agrico
provided a unique perspective for our pupils and staff.”
Notes to Editors:
The Scottish Food and Drink and Federation is the voice of the Scottish food
drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector. For
information about SFDF and the industry we represent visit: www.sfdf.org.uk.
Further information on SFDF's schools programme A Future in Food,
Images available for download from FDF's Flickr page.
FDF press Team:
Nicki Hunt on or 020 7420 7132 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebeca Wilhelm or 020 7420 7140 - email@example.com
Avni Raval or 020 7420 7131 - Avni.Raval@fdf.org.uk
Anna Taylor or 020 7420 7118 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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