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Food Technology: Curriculum

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL389, tabled on 17 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that cookery is included in the curriculum as part of design and technology lessons.

Answered on

23 June 2014

All pupils should be taught to cook and to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Design and Technology (D&T) is compulsory for all maintained schools from key stages 1 to 3 and the new D&T curriculum, which will be in force from September 2014, strengthens the requirements on schools to teach about food at primary and secondary. At primary, the curriculum will ensure pupils are taught about healthy eating, where food comes from and to prepare and cook a range of dishes. At secondary, for the first time, cooking will be compulsory at key stage 3: teachers will be also required to cover nutrition, diet and where food comes from.