Children: Obesity

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to amend the initial teacher training syllabus to counteract childhood obesity.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

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There is no prescribed curriculum or syllabus for initial teacher training, but to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must be able to demonstrate that they are aware of current legal requirements, national policies and guidance on the safeguarding and promotion of the well-being of children and young people.

The Government recently announced the first steps in their strategy to help people maintain healthy weight and live healthy lives and, as an important part of that, they are making food technology compulsory at key stage 3 for every 11 to 14-year-old from September 2011—with food technology lessons, involving practical cooking lessons and classes on diet, nutrition, hygiene and healthy food shopping. Extra food technology teachers are to be recruited to lead in this and the initial teacher training that they receive, specifically to teach this subject, will contain detail on diet and nutrition, as it does now.

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