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Teachers Vegan Summit (Saturday only)

Brand-new feature with a series of workshops and talks showing teachers and individuals in the teaching profession how to effectively promote veganism in schools

Taking place on the Second Floor - see floor plan here



12.00 -  Dean Bracher Vegan Society School Speaker - Vegan Lesson Plan Ideas (all ages)

1.00 - Liz Hughes Animal Aid 'cookery expert' (Primary/Secondary/College)

2.00 - Diane Smith Animal Aid School Speaker Training Officer - Taking animal rights into the classroom (Secondary)

3.00 - Ellie Bedford - Plant based cooking for Primary children

4.00 - Dr Kate Stewart - Fact or Fiction? School Food Nutrition and Sociology (primary teachers - lecturers)

5.00 - Capt James Tea Cook Ethical Pirate of The Carob Bean (Primary Health & Nutrition Topics)


Dean Bracher Vegan Society School Speaker - Vegan Lesson Plan Ideas (all ages)

Dean has given 500 talks/presentations on veganism and animal rights and gets great feedback on his approach from teachers and education providers. He will explain how to contact organisations, arrange talks and have knowledge of what it involves and the perceived fears and how to overcome them! How to use animal rights as a way into human rights and ethics and morality and then promote veganism in a non-judgemental way.


Liz Hughes Animal Aid 'cookery expert' (Primary/Secondary/College)

Animal Aid's food expert and cookery guru Liz Hughes, will discuss how cookery demonstrations can best be used to promote awareness of animal friendly diets in the food technology classroom. Liz will give a cookery demo and present a talk on giving cookery demonstrations in schools.


Diane Smith School Speaker Training Officer - Taking animal rights into the classroom (Secondary)

Diane Smith, Animal Aid's School Speaker Training Officer, illustrates the importance of advocacy in schools. She shares her experience of giving school taks and of delivering training to the network of volunteers who visit schools across the UK. Diane will discuss how teachers can sensitively deal with the issues in the classroom whilst giving students the opportunity to articulate their own beliefs.


Ellie Bedford - Plant based cooking for Primary children

Ellie presents simple classroom strategies to teach practical cookery in the classroom using fresh fruits and vegetables. These lessons are engaging, fun and accessible for all schools as there is no need for ovens or a kitchen to teach kids how to cook! With rising concerns about children's health, the environment and animal welfare it's never been more important to get kids to engage with healthy eating, centred around fruits and vegetables. The earlier we start the better. By introducing a variety of these foods into children's diets and teaching them how to create recipes with them from an early age, we're encouraging them to grow up to make better food choices in adulthood.


Dr Kate Stewart - Fact or Fiction? School Food Nutrition and Sociology (primary teachers - lecturers)

This talk looks at how food practices in schools support the normality of consuming other animals and reinforces the marginal status of veganism. This happens in a number of ways, including the promotion of policies implementing breakfast clubs, free school meals for infants and recommendations such as the School Food Plan, many of which partner with large food corporations who are able to access child consumers and through them their families.

Advice about the appropriate content of lunchboxes is provided through a broad spectrum of commercial and non-commercial organisations. The role of vested, animal exploiting interests in the form of commercial producers (or their representative bodies) in the production of materials targeted at and distributed through schools is often hidden, and through partnerships with non-commercial bodies such as the NHS, advice looks objective when it is sometimes little more than sophisticated advertising campaigns aimed at children and distributed through the state funded school system.

The talk will look at examples of some of these, such as the Change4life packed lunch meal plans, the British Nutritional Foundation's ‘Food a Fact of Life' DairyCo partnered resources, the School Food Plan, and RSPCA schools guidance which advises on the care of living human animals in schools while also promoting school visits to see animals in their ‘natural environment' of farms, and the consumption of animal products with their ‘Freedom Foods' label. The talk will also share examples of how healthy vegan diets are marginalised and cautioned against through similar materials, and the kinds of alternative materials available that promote fairer, healthier plant based diets to children.


Capt James Tea Cook Ethical Pirate of The Carob Bean (Primary Health & Nutrition Topics)

Teaching food groups, macro and micro nutrients: There are 5 key principles for better nutrition. Most of which are hidden in the NHS advice for healthier eating if you take time to look carefully to see beyond the NHS Eatwell Plate that inexplicably suggests one should have a portion of cake, crisps and coke each day. Captain James Tea Cook explains how he weaves these 5 principles into games, kitchen science , song dance and cookery workshops to teach optimum nutrition practices.

5 A Day: Eat a Rainbow every day - at least 5 portions of different brightly coloured vegetables every day to ensure you get a balanced range of vitamins minerals and antioxidants.

Fibre Rich Carbohydrates: Eat wholefoods not half foods If you eat fresh foods as near to their natural state as possible without nutrients removed and without lots of added chemicals, sugar, salt and processed fats (E.G. Doughnuts) you'll naturally avoid some of the main culprits that exacerbate the risk of ill health and gain useful amounts of minerals and vitamins. Too much sugar can cause weight gain and inflammation.

Essential Fat Rich Protein: Eat Fats for your Brain Not Fats That Cause Pain - We can't make poly unsaturated essential omega 3 fats that's why we need to eat them. We can make saturated fat - from sugar, from fruit from carbohydrates. It can be argued that a few mono un saturated fats and fatty lipids are useful but not essential. Too much saturated fat can cause weight gain and inflammation.

Hydration: Water is for concentration, Syrup is for constipation They only time you can nutritionally legitimately be sanctioning sugary drinks and foods is during or after sports where children have burnt off more calories than they have taken in, or medical emergencies. Wherever possible encourage the drinking of water. Sufficient water can transform learning potential and help with weight management.

Excercise: Don't Worry About It, Get up and Do It ! If you are not good at something you probably just haven't practised enough. Sedentary lifestyles are often blamed for modern day afflictions such as lack of vitamin D, poor bone health, obesity, digestive and back problems even asthma . Stretching our muscles, getting our heat beating vigorously are vitally important for optimal health. However you can't outrun a full size Pizza, Milkshake, Fries and a Mars bar . Sensible nutrition principles have to be at the core of any baseline health strategy.

Captain James Tea Cook also teaches basic health and hygiene and safety principles.

Captain James Tea Cook @JamesTeaCook



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