Job / Batch / Flow / Biscuit icing lesson

Updated: Jul 24, 2019


Lots of business teachers and students have been asking (via Twitter)  how the job / batch / flow biscuit lesson runs so here are the main “ingredients” of that lesson plan. You can put your own spin on it, go on take a responsible risk!


  • Disposable table cloths, disposable gloves (check latex allergies)

  • McVities Rich tea, cheaper biscuits just won’t hold up to the production processes and you will have too many quality control issues, don’t be tempted to save 10p on cheaper raw materials

  • Dr Oetker easy swirl cupcake icing – I had two flavours, if you have large groups you may need more

  • A kilo of Tate and Lyle normal icing and a mixing bowl, students used a cup of water to mix it up, I let them do this and they quickly realised what was too runny or too thick to useA really good selection of sprinkles – ask students to bring a variety in before the lesson (without telling them what they will be doing)

  • Dr Oetker writing icing (small tubes for delicate work)

  • Napkins for students to take some iced biscuits away with afterwards

  • Big disposable silver platters Tescos / Morrisons – optional – to put biscuits on at the end so you can clear away and they can take them to the next lesson or into the common room.


Sprint to room before the lesson starts and lay everything out on table. Students sit in horseshoe shape and you sit at the end with a good eye on everyone, generally kids are brilliant because they love this lesson and their curiosity is at its peak, but just in case have a really close seat to the action to nip any shenanigans in the bud


Give one biscuit to the entire class instruct that it MUST stay still. Explain job production and each member of the class gets to add something – did they notice that the biscuit stayed still and they moved round it? How many were produced – just one? What kinds of good could we produce this way?  A wedding cake, a helicopter, a tailored suit. You can add in here bespoke if one person asks for the biscuit to be iced a certain way e.g. all pink