Food Technology: Curriculum

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many four to eleven year-olds received a minimum of 24 hours of practical cooking lessons per key stage in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The Department does not collect this information.

The Government believe that it is very important that children and young people learn about the importance of eating healthily and acquire the knowledge that will equip them to prepare healthy meals, and we believe that schools have an important role to play.

Cooking is currently an element of design and technology in the national curriculum. In his recent announcement on the primary curriculum (Monday 11 June 2012), the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, confirmed that design and technology will continue to be compulsory in all maintained schools in Key Stages 1 and 2, and the Department is now considering what the content of design and technology should be and on which it will consult. Decisions on the subjects to be included in the secondary national curriculum beyond English, maths and science will be announced in due course.

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