Educational tattie project catches the eye

AT THE TATTIES: Pupils from Glamis Primary School and a representative from Agrico UK, the potato seed company, taking part in 'Tattie Tastic'.
AT THE TATTIES: Pupils from Glamis Primary School and a representative from Agrico UK, the potato seed company, taking part in 'Tattie Tastic'.

‘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 to gain practical skills via real life experiences and active engagement with industry.

So far, pupils involved in the project have had a series of interactive 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 conclude with 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 also learnt just how qualified staff at Agrico are and the level of training required 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 consider a 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 the food industry to facilitate learning and awareness of future employment opportunities ranging from plant pathology to production management, agronomy to storage expertise, marketing to sales.

The winner of the Partnership Excellence Award will be announced at the Partnership Recognition Event, on Tuesday, August 28 at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

Moira Stalker, National co-ordinator for SFDF’s A Future in Food said: “We are absolutely delighted that Tattie Tastic has been shortlisted.”