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Food Technology

Question for Department for Education

UIN 816, tabled on 2 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote in primary and secondary schools (a) participation in home economics by and (b) the catering industry as a career for boys.

Answered on

8 June 2015

Since the introduction of the new national curriculum for England, in September 2014, cooking and nutrition have been compulsory for both boys and girls from key stage 1 to key stage 3. Pupils can also take the new GCSE in food preparation and nutrition from September 2016. This qualification will be a valuable stepping stone for young people wishing to develop their skills, interests and career paths in food-related professions.

Our reforms to careers guidance in England are based on schools connecting pupils with employers, helping them to understand the breadth of career opportunities available. The new, independent Careers and Enterprise Company, announced by the Secretary of State for Education in December 2014, will help secondary schools to build these links. We also welcome the work of programmes such as Primary Futures, which help to broaden the aspirations of young people from an even earlier age.

Schools should consciously work to prevent all forms of stereotyping in the advice and guidance they provide in order to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds consider the widest possible range of careers. This is made clear in statutory guidance for schools, which underpins their careers duty.