Food and Nutrition GCSE results 2019

These are the results for 2019 summer GCSE.

There were 5.5 million exams taken altogether and Food and Nutrition was taken by 0.9% of total.

The charts below show the results for male, female and total and the % for grades 7 , 4 and 1. The chart shows disappointing results for boys – only 50% got grade 4-7 so this needs looking at and maybe get evaluation on results in NEA 1, 2 and written exam.

Home Economics GCSE plods on with only 3528 candidates. Reading newspaper reports of results, we are not doing enough to get any mention of Food and Nutrition in the newspapers – this could lead to extinction!!

Results on JCQ site

Food and Nutrition GCSE 2019

 

Aquafaba – chickpea water

Aquafaba is the liquid you strain off from a can of chickpeas and it’s used by vegans to replace egg in cooking.

Aquafaba is made up of water, protein and starch and the word comes from the Latin aqua – water, and faba – bean. Other beans as well as chickpeas made good aquafaba.

It can be used as a thickener, binder, emulsifier, foaming agent and gelling agent to replace egg.

The aquafaba science website says there is a lot more science to understand how it works.

The nutritional analysis for aquafaba is on The Nutrition Program. Use 3 tablespoons of chickpea water to replace one egg.

Other egg replacers include

  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • flax egg – 1 tbs of flax seed powder + 3 tbs water

Funding the Nutrition Program

Teachers have been discussing ways to fund the Nutrition Program during these tough economic times.

Here are some ideas

Teachers make bids through curriculum development, the exam budget, and  IT central funding.
Others have asked the PTA and governors and said about grade improvement – I have no proof that the Nutrition Program improves grades but I hope it produces good quality work.
This link was suggested by The Food Teachers Centre
The purpose of the pupil premium is to improve attainment for disadvantaged learners. It follows that the funding should be used to ensure these pupils receive consistently excellent teaching.

Pupil Premium is available to
Local authority maintained schools, including special schools andpupil referral units (PRUs)

Voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement

Special schools not maintained by the local authority

Academies and free schools, including special and AP academies

Some schools choose to use the PP funding to purchase ingredients and equipment for FSM pupils.

Diabetes – what foods to eat

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high.

It’s often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of type 2 diabetes. This NHS website has good information.

A healthy diet and keeping active helps people with diabetes manage their blood sugar level.

This is the diet advice from NHS website

There’s nothing people with type 2 diabetes cannot eat but they have to limit certain foods. They should:

  • eat a wide range of foods – including fruit, vegetables and some starchy foods like pasta
  • keep sugar, fat and salt to a minimum
  • eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – do not skip meals

If people with diabetes eat foods that are too high in sugar, their blood sugar levels can rise to dangerously high levels. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, or glucose, and absorbed into the bloodstream and affect blood sugar levels.

Diabetes UK website has useful healthy living tips.

Weight management is very important and people need to manage portion sizes. Link to The Nutrition Program blog on Portion sizes.

It’s really important to get the portion size right otherwise you can eat too much food and get fat.

Foods to include complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat, oats, fruit, vegetables, beans, and lentils. 

Foods to avoid include processed carbohydrates such as sugar, white pasta, white bread, white flour, and cakes, pastries.

Revision Questions for Food Preparation and Nutrition AQA Spec by Jenny Ridgwell

100 Quick Multichoice Questions with Answers for starter and active learning revision. Questions link to the exam board specification written by Jenny Ridgwell
Plus Sample paper for GCSE AQA
100 multichoice questions
Answers to questions
Self Assessment Mark Scheme

Revision Questions AQA