Lesson about allergies for pupils

By Surrey and Hants News in Education

Children from Wootey Junior School in Alton have been learning about food allergies and ingredients.

Fifty Year 4 pupils took part in the first of a national series of workshops to increase knowledge and awareness of food allergies among children. It included the chance to cook an allergen-free dish to take home.

The event was the result of a partnership between the Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy Adventures and Genius Gluten Free - whose founder, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, hosted the workshop.

Katherine Monston, from Wootey Junior School, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed having Genius Gluten Free and Allergy Adventures in the school.

“It was a brilliant way to help children with allergies feel included and understood, and to really focus on those who often miss out on food-sharing experiences because of their allergies.”

Research by Genius Gluten Free found that 80 per cent of British children have a classmate with an allergy, but 51 per cent of those surveyed in south-east England claimed to have never been taught about food allergies by a teacher.

Some 13 per cent of children surveyed thought that people allergic to eggs could eat them if they were scrambled or in an omelette, and 17 per cent believed people with a nut allergy could eat peanut butter.

Ms Bruce-Gardyne said: “These statistics show the reality of how little our children know about allergies and food ingredients.

“It is so important that children learn about different dietary requirements from a young age, and it’s equally important they are aware of the symptoms associated with different food allergies.

“We are delighted to be working with Allergy Adventures and the Anaphylaxis Campaign to help children gain a better understanding in a fun and engaging way.”

Allergy Adventures founder Hailey Phillips said: “An increasing number of children across the UK now have some form of allergy. Diagnosis can be a daunting and confusing experience both for them and their parents.

“Helping educate children in schools about allergies and ingredients can do so much to help normalise life for children managing them.

“I think it’s fantastic to be working with Genius Gluten Free and the Anaphylaxis Campaign to help even more children across the country.”

For more information on Allergy Adventures, visit www.allergyadventures.com. For more information on the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which advises and supports those dealing with a severe allergy, visit www.anaphylaxis.org.uk.