New cooking and nutrition GCSE provokes fears among D&T teachers

The TES is reporting that students will be encouraged to master the “vital life skills” of how to prepare and cook healthy meals under plans for a new GCSE to be unveiled today…

The ‘cooking and nutrition’ qualification, to be taught in schools from September 2016, will include food science alongside practical cooking techniques.

It follows cooking and food education becoming “an entitlement” from this month for all pupils up to the age of 14. But the new GCSE has provoked fears among design and technology teachers that a major aspect of their subject is being marginalised.

The Design and Technology Association (Data) fears it could lead to schools taking food out of design and technology (D&T) lessons, even though it is included under the new national curriculum…

There are currently a number of food-related GCSEs – design and technology: food technology; home economics; and hospitality and catering.

But Ofqual, the exams regulator has been consulting this summer on how to prevent overlap in content between similar subjects, and the government wants the new GCSE to “build on the best of” the existing ones.

The new GCSE will also require pupils to learn about where food comes from and prepare them for further food-related study or apprenticeships…

But Richard Green, Data chief executive, said: “The development of separate cooking and nutrition subject criteria is not the association’s preferred option as food is an integral part of D&T in key stages 1-3.

“Schools could misinterpret the [new GCSE] criteria as signalling a complete separation of food from D&T.”…

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  1. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove ReadWriteBuySellCookCleanFix first, and then you can do the Leisured Victorian Gentleman stuff and avoid these tangles.

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