Why was food left out in the cold?;Letter

24th September 1999 at 01:00
THE REPORT that the study of food is now compulsory in design and technology for 11 to 14-year-olds (TES, September 10) is wrong.

Question 3f in the national curriculum consultation did, indeed, attract massive support.

Nearly three-quarters of the 1,801 schools and other consultees answering this question agreed with the proposal to make food compulsory at key stage 3, despite possible resource implications for a small number of schools.

The proposal was supported in written submissions from the major subject associations, including the Design and Technology Association.

On what basis did the Secretary of State decide to ignore such strength of feeling? If there is an educational rationale, I would be interested to know it.

Stephanie Valentine, Education director, British Nutrition Foundation, London WC1

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