Helpline;Briefing;School Management

8th May 1998 at 01:00

We have a teacher who is willing to teach on our home economics (food) course. Is there a legal requirement that a teacher of home economics must be trained to teach the subject?


No,there is not,although it is preferable to employ qualified teacher if one can be found.

There is a range of specialist requirements in this area, including knowledge of food hygiene as well as the ability properly to supervise the use of kitchen equipment. It is the responsibility of the head to ensure that any teacher is competent to do the job adequately.

If the head is unsure it might be wise to call in an adviser to assess whether the offer of help can be safely accepted.


At this primary school, we have been obliged to leave children in the care of the school nurse. Are we at risk in doing this?


It is the duty of the head to ensure pupils are properly supervised. The best test is to ask whether one feels that one would be able to offer a totally convincing defence of the arrangements, in the event of a dreadful accident.

Archimedes regrets he cannot enter into correspondence with readers.Questions should be sent to Helpline, The TES, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1 9XY.

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