BBC Radio 4 Food Program – Food and the Curriculum

Food and the Curriculum

First broadcast:Sunday 06 July 2014

Stefan Gates talks to teachers, kids and cooks about food and the curriculum, ahead of the changes that come into force from September. Stefan asks how well prepared schools and teachers are, what students think of it all and whether the changes will finally spark a real change in the attitudes to food that will grow for generations.

Food Program  He interviews primary and secondary teachers in school to find out what they are learning about food.

Brian Turner the chef, says how much he enjoyed the Domestic Science lessons, working with all the girls.

He believes that in 5 years in secondary school students should cook 18 dishes.

The School Plan has requirement to teach cooking and nutrition in schools. Henry Dimbleby is one of the authors. They used food poverty evidence to show government how important the health benefits are of learning to cook.

One primary school teacher is worried that there are no facilities for teaching cooking. Only 25% of primary schools have cooking areas, so it is tricky to cook in classrooms, especially with no help.

One headmaster tells how he accessed funds to create facilities to learn about healthy food from the following:

School Food Plan,

Big Lottery Fund,

Community Fund have pockets of funds. They got bee hives, and introduced cooking. He explains how schools are trying to get outstanding results by pushing curriculum.

Adopt a chef has been going on for years. Jamie Oliver speaks about diet related disease. And says School Plan is a really good start.





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