School cookery 'to be compulsory'

Here’s a great story from BBC Online – remember those days of messing about in the school cookery classroom? And learning useful stuff despite yourself?

It looks like the youth of today is set not to be deprived of the same fun:

Cookery classes to be compulsory

Cookery lessons are to be compulsory in England’s secondary schools for children aged 11 to 14.

Pupils will learn to cook for an hour a week for one term. Poorer pupils’ ingredients will be subsidised.

Cookery is a ministerial “expectation” but, as an optional part of the design and technology curriculum, is not currently taught in all schools.

The move is part of the strategy to tackle obesity, as experts believe 1m children will be obese in a decade. Read full story here…