Game on Warburtons Challenge

Game on Warburtons Challenge

About the Project

Game on Warburtons Challenge was developed as a partnership activity between family bakers, Warburtons, St Andrews Hospice, Education Scotland and SFDF as part of the SFDF Schools Programme and The Food for Thought Fund.

Warburtons pride themselves on being a community based bakery and were delighted to support the Game On Warburtons Challenge to help the school develop employability skills in the pupils.

The other, third sector partner, was St Andrews Hospice, a local independent charity in Lanarkshire that provides care and support for those dealing with life threatening illnesses.

This IDL project for all S1 pupils aimed to build capacity of learners by encouraging educated food choices and developing employability skills.

The pupils were challenged to design a food product suitable for sale at a Commonwealth venue and encouraged to explore the areas of new product development, existing products, sustainability, marketing and promotion and careers and job roles to support these activities in the industry.

Project Partners, Aims and Objectives

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    Bolton, Lancashire

  • Develop positive links with a local business partner
  • Adopt an interdisciplinary approach to teaching
  • Provide pupils with real life experiences and active engagement with industry
  • Help pupils to gain practical skills
  • Help pupils to understand the links between subjects studied in schools and careers in food and drink.
  • Work as part of the local community
  • Support new product development
  • Encourage educated food choices
  • Develop co-operative learning with personalization and choice at the core


Personalisation and choice – the activity allowed learners to experience a depth of learning across the wider curriculum. Learners understood how a variety of subjects linked into the project and transferred skills that they had gained into meaningful active learning events.

Industry and stakeholder input – pupils really benefitted from the input of business partners and stakeholders. The school has now established links that will be used in the future. The pupils also demonstrated evidence of “social conscience” by supporting the local hospice. Most of all they had “FUN”..

Industry visits – were a highlight for the pupils and really helped enhance their understanding of the industry and dispelled many of their preconceptions of what happened at a manufacturing site.

How we did it

The School launched their “Game on Warburtons Challenge” at a spectacular showcase event for all S1 pupils. At this event pupils, staff and invited guests were treated to a specially made video detailing the background to the activity, business partners also provided presentations about the industry and healthy eating, Education Scotland provided the educational context and SFDF provided input about the jobs and skills in the industry.

Representatives from each class also attended the North Lanarkshire Dragons Lair final event to see what the primary school sector was doing and they reported back to their classes.

The year group split into practical classes to start the challenge, within each class smaller teams developed new products that could be sold to visitors or athletes at the Commonwealth Games. Prototypes were tested on teachers and pupils. The pupils also made mini movies on their ipads to record progress and kept blogs. Pupils were allowed to try out different recipes and different foods and the teams were allowed to experiment and work on their product ideas.

Pupils created presentations to promote their products and some teams undertook additional research out of schools time to investigate nutritional information and other facts.

Each class chose an individual winner to go forward to the final stage. The selection of class winners was supported by members of Warburtons staff who gave the pupils input, advice and feedback relating to product development.

Each class worked on their winning product and took a turn running the “Athletes Village” to make and sell their products and host cafes to friends and family and raise money for St Andrew's Hospice.

A final event saw all the winning products being presented to a team of judges and the whole year group, the whole event was just like the X Factor.

What we learned

Exploring the wider curriculum - staff enjoyed the opportunity to explore the wider curriculum through the project and were amazed by the extent to which learners made efficient use of technology to assist research and track progress. Staff were also amazed at the way in which the pupils stepped up to the challenge which enabled them to explore “Blue Sky” thinking, inclusion and team work occurred naturally. Motivation of learners was also increased.

School Community – benefitted from the excitement caused by the project and the wider community enjoyed the Athletes Village coffee shops and the hospice benefitted from the fund raising activity. This all contributed to building positive relationships within the community.

Raising aspirations – Industry and stakeholder involvement in the activity provided pupils with access to a range of different job roles and skills requirements and also potential job and career pathways, all of which help to inspire and encourage young people.

Impact on breadth and depth of learning – learners produced more than could have been delivered through normal delivery of the curriculum, exploring real life situations in a real life context. Practitioners gained confidence in the delivery of food education as they saw learners exceeding all expectations.

What next?

Embed activity in curriculum – the project is now embedded in the S1 curriculum and will run in future years allowing more departments to work together and involve more business partners.

To include more departments – expand the project to include other departments

Promotion of activity as a CPD opportunity – involvement in this partnership provides an ideal opportunity for school staff to improve their knowledge of the industry through site visits and working with industry on specific projects and also supports staff development in industry.