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I can’t believe it is November already and that Christmas is only just around the corner. The lead up to Christmas is always a busy time of year, and the school calendar just keeps on getting busier! A few weeks ago, I attended a cooking class at Charles Dickens Primary School in London. I was lucky enough to be invited along to one of the cooking sessions with a group of Year 6 pupils. The group were very well behaved, and they were extremely excited by the prospect of taking home their very own apron. It really was a delight to see so many happy faces as they took part in the lesson. With food education being such a hot topic at the moment, it was promising to see a cooking lesson taking place in a school environment. The pupils were treated to a full hour of cooking and learning about different ingredients. Look out for the write up in our next issue of EDUcatering! If there is one thing that I have learnt since looking after EDUcatering magazine, it is how vitally important it is for children to learn about different foods and what constitutes as a nutritious meal. Our interview with the School Food Plan Alliance (SFPA) co-chairs Jeanette Orrey MBE and Stephanie Wood (page 16) highlights how SFPA members are trying to get more cooking in school and the benefits these lessons have. There are several ways that schools can teach about food education, such as growing different produce at schools, or even having some farm animals! Parkside Community Primary and Preschool is one such example of this, and you can read all about how the staff are going one step further in providing food education on page 28. Whatever way you look at it, food education is vital in our society; from helping curb childhood obesity to teaching pupils valuable life skills, food education should be on every curriculum, for every child – no matter how old they are.