@CHandCO the independent catering and hospitality business with specialism in the education sectors, has launched The Education Board by CH&CO to address and take action around the prominent issues of physical and mental health and sustainability through food and nutrition.

It brings foodservice, independent schools, state schools and the third sector together to challenge the role of food in schools and lead the conversation on the intrinsic link between nutrition and wellbeing.

CH&CO created The Education Board to help facilitate partnerships and interactions between independent and state schools and the third sector. The beneficial connections will provide a strong platform to share knowledge, best practice and facilities relating to food, nutrition and sustainability, and to create positive food messaging with young people throughout all stages of education and into society.

It also champions the diverse and exciting career opportunities the hospitality industry offers.

The Board is a collaboration of foodservice, nutrition, education, healthcare and sustainability experts who believe that creating good relationships with food in young people through education will have a positive impact on their wellbeing and those of future generations, and on the planet. It’s also supported by The Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical centre, which supports the initiative as creating a healthier nation will reduce the pressure on the healthcare sector.

Nourishment & Beyond Event

The Education Board by CH&CO launched with a Nourishment & Beyond Conference, held at Westminster Kingsway College. Attendees from across the education sector enjoyed a programme of relevant and inspiring speakers that supported the vision and objectives of the Education Board by CH&CO, which were introduced by Deborah Homshaw, Managing Director Education and Healthcare, CH&CO and John Pratten, Chair of The Education Board by CH&CO and former Bursar of Box Hill School and past Chair of the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association (ISBA).

Keynote speaker Professor Tanya Byron gave a fascinating presentation on ‘Emotional Nourishment: wellbeing and food’; renowned chef Raymond Blanc OBE made the link between good food and sustainability with ‘Smart food is nourishing food: provenance, sustainability and zero waste’; Tim Baker, Head Teacher at Charlton Manor Primary School, London, discussed his successful approach of ‘Teaching the national curriculum through food’; CH&CO’s consultant nutritionist Amanda Ursell shared her nutrition expertise; and Juliane Albrecht, Head of Patient Support Services at The Cleveland Clinic explored ‘Linking healthcare and service careers through food’.

Lunch also offered a real taste of the vision with interactive pop-ups showcasing how food can engage and excite, whilst delivering important, positive food and sustainability messages. For example, zero waste street food dishes featured ingredients usually thrown away; ‘smart bowl food’, created by CH&CO chefs and Westminster Kingsway College students, offered clever seasonal dishes that can be adapted to use produce in season all year round; the cookery teacher and students from Charlton Manor Primary School demonstrated mini anatomy and science lessons using food to teach the national curriculum; and the emotional nourishment menu showed the power of food in evoking memories and emotions.

Vision into action

The first initiatives that put The Education Board’s vision into practice were also unveiled and will launch in September. This includes accredited, age appropriate food and nutrition courses, which are being developed in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College and will be delivered by CH&CO chefs and nutritionists. They will bring students together from across the education sectors to learn about good food and nutrition in a fun, interactive and tangible way.

The Education Board Chef Competition was also introduced, which will see teams featuring students from each sector plus a mentor chef compete in their relevant age category.

Deborah Homshaw said: “I’m incredibly excited and proud of what we’ve created. As experts within foodservice we have a responsibility and the capability of forging really positive messaging, relationships and action with people within all the different parts of the education sector focusing on the powerful benefits of intrinsically nutritious food. The Education Board by CH&CO is the result of that vision and it’s gaining momentum.

“We’re challenging the status quo.  For many years, society has, unintentionally, created bad relationships with food by focusing on negative messages, state and independent schools have worked separately and the clear impact of food and nutrition on physical and mental wellbeing and academic and sporting performance has been, on the whole, ignored.  We’re turning this on its head. By bringing everyone together, we’re delivering positive messages around food, making it fun for our children and investing in practical solutions that put food and nutrition at the centre of conversations. This is how we empower young people to make good choices today and into the future, and that’s the right thing to do.

“We’re also working with schools and colleges to champion the fantastic career opportunities within hospitality. From chefs and front-of-house teams to accountants, lawyers, marketeers and HR professionals, our industry offers diverse career paths and excellent development pathways.”

John Pratten said: “Partnerships between independent and state schools are not new and we hope by adding this nutritional dimension as well as career pathways into the hospitality and healthcare sectors that we can extend these excellent relationships even further. It’s important that we address the primacy of nutrition on mental, as well as physical, wellbeing. The impact of food and nutrition applies to us all, regardless of background, so it makes sense that all parts of the education sector should share their knowledge, skills and facilities to ensure young people are given the right information, in a fun and tangible way, so that they can embrace and enjoy nutritious food that fuels their wellbeing.

“The response we’ve had from the schools we’re talking to has been very positive. They get what we’re doing and want to be part of it. We’re also listening to the children. We link a lot of our messaging to sustainability and the environment as they can relate to this. Children have shown us how interested and motivated they are, and food is no exception.”

Board members include Deborah Homshaw, Managing Director Education & Healthcare, CH&CO; Amanda Ursell, Consultant Nutritionist, CH&CO; John Pratten (Chair), Former Bursar of Box Hill School and past Chair of the ISBA; Tim Baker, Head Teacher, Chartwell Manor Primary School; Garry Ratcliffe, CEO, The Galaxy Trust; Louisa Vicaria, HE Programme Area Leader – Culinary Arts & Culinary Health and Nutrition, Westminster Kingsway College; Juliane Albrecht, Head of Patient Support Services, The Cleveland Clinic, as well as a strong support team from CH&CO.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel commented on this video 7 hours 46 minutes ago

The College of the Future
UK-Wide Final Report

The College of the Future UK-Wide Final Report

The College of the Future UK-Wide Final Report

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel shared a video in channel. 7 hours 48 minutes ago

The College of the Future UK-Wide Final Report

The College of the Future UK-Wide Final Report

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel The College of the Future
UK-Wide Final Report
7 hours 46 minutes ago
FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 7 hours 48 minutes ago

RT @julia_heap1: Great to read this @YourAAT, started my own #AAT journey in my early 20’s & never looked back! Investment in lifelong lea…
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page