Dead end qualifications?

This week I wrote to the Schools Minister Nick Gibb, because the Department for Education has taken the decision to withdraw food technology from the Design and Technology A Level.

It had been anticipated that a new A Level would be created to follow on from the brand new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition, which in turn follows on from cooking and nutrition being embedded in the key stages 1 – 3 curriculum since last September.

But now at age 16, the trail goes cold and if young people want to remain in academic study, then they have to stop thinking about food, grow up, and do ‘proper subjects’. Many other specialist A Level subjects remain or are being reformed, yet food, the basis of our very survival, and (if we must make the economic argument) worth £100bn annually to the UK economy is gone.

You can see the details of the decision, and how to respond to it here


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