I REGRET that Archimedes is, by his own admission, unaware of the requirement for a food technology teacher to be qualified in the subject (TES, March 17).
The Health and training safety standards for design and technology, published by the Design and Technology Association (DATA) 1999, clarify the position and are compatible with BS 4163 (2000).
In order to be fully compliant, food technology teachers should have the secondary core in design and technology together with scondary food technology (including the basic food hygiene certificate).
Similarly, DATA has published minimum competences for the teaching of design and technology in secondary schools (1995) and these outline the minimum requirement to provide well trained professionals who meet the expectations of employers.
Deputy chief executive
Design and Technology Association
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