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Jamie has today (Sunday) welcomed changes to the curriculum in UK schools which will see cookery lessons becoming compulsory for 7-14-year-olds from September 2014.

The changes will hopefully mean children will be able to cook at least 20 different meals from scratch before they start GCSE studies.

Jamie’s school dinners campaign continues to fight obesity and educate youngsters about food, but last year the Government commissioned the founders of Leon restaurants, John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, to further report on the state of school food.

Jamie said earlier: “Henry and John have worked extremely hard in pulling the whole school food story together and I think they’ve done a brilliant job of representing many different viewpoints, from teachers and parents to campaign groups, as well as individuals, like myself. It’s a critical time for children’s health right now, and government have a tremendous responsibility to get this right. School food and school food education is paramount.”

Jamie continued: “The commitment to food education is a great milestone, but there’s still a lot more commitment needed from Mr Gove. This is the first bit of good news in a long, long time and a big victory for our children’s futures. Most importantly, they’ve got the government to see reason where many of us couldn’t. Onwards and upwards.”


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  • http://www.squareonemd.co.uk Elliott the web design guy

    Sweet! About bloody time!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/josiah.sulc Josiah Sulc

    Fantastic news, fortunately there are schools and community groups are already doing this! One example is a registered charity based in the middle of a council estate in Allerton, Bradford called Kidz Klub Allerton.

    Working closely with four primary schools we quickly saw there was a problem, this problem is reflected in the higher than national average BMI statistics which are worsening year on year! In response to this we set up a cookery school based within a community center within walking distance of four primary schools. Here full classes come to spend half a day learning a wide variety of practical cookery skills, health and nutrition teaching alongside understands what food is and where it comes from. To complement the cookery sessions we have developed a children’s allotment (constructed by teenagers from within the community) where children gets their hands stuck in…literally! They get the opportunity to be involved with all the steps in seeing a seed turn into produce they can harvest, cook and eat!

    Going forward we have plans to take over a derelict building and create a fully staffed all-bells-and-whistles cookery school initially focusing on being accessible to the four primary schools. Further down the line we will look to putting on cookery classes for various sectors within the community including single dads, teenagers, college students and more!

    To get involved, support us or find out more information get in touch with Josiah Sulc on Josiah@kidzkluballerton.co.uk

  • Eugenia

    Congratulations, Jamie!

  • http://inaregee.com/ Ian Dixon

    problems with this one because it is hidden in a very long document.
    1. Sorry Jamie but they havent committed to teaching kids about food. This is only a discussion paper that you have until April 16th to respond to. Guess they hope that is long enough for them to sli the idea out.
    2. Dont bother trying to comment on it anyway because the government has made it mandatory to use Microsoft Word to compose your reply. Already complained to my MP on that one because it is so ridiculous when I neither have nor want the pile of *%$* known as Word.

    Conclusion – Our wonderful government is playing a publicity stunt ahead of the Eastleigh by-election and any local elections due in May. Then after May they can drop the idea without fuss.

  • stephaniejanesims@hotmail.com

    I think this is brilliant! But believe there needs to now be a push with incorporating this into the Food Tech curriculum. If it was up to me Food Tech would be changed to Food studies, and focus on not only how to cook, but the best methods of cooking for certain ingreds and why, understanding of macro and micronutrients and the effect on health, safety and hygiene and environmental issues etc rather than the current focus. For a long time i have said this is the way to tackle obesity and these classes should just take the place of some of the Food tech lessons! their is a big need to change the curriculum of Food tech altogether and get with the times! Thanks, Steph. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephaniejanesims Stephanie Jane Sims

    I think this is brilliant! But believe there needs to now be a push with incorporating this into the Food Tech curriculum. If it was up to me Food Tech would be changed to Food studies, and focus on not only how to cook, but the best methods of cooking for certain ingreds and why, understanding of macro and micronutrients and the effect on health, safety and hygiene and environmental issues etc rather than the current focus. For a long time i have said this is the way to tackle obesity and these classes should just take the place of some of the Food tech lessons! their is a big need to change the curriculum of Food tech altogether and get with the times! Thanks, Steph. :)

  • Nicola

    About time, they should never have stopped them. Well done Jamie. Some kids will actually learn more than cooking too. Such as what vegetables actually look & taste like. Keep up the brilliant work Mr Oliver :-)

  • michaela

    Fantastic news. But, what about 15 year olds plus. I’ve been wanting this to happen since my kid was young, and now he’s just turned 15 he misses out. Too many of his friends have no idea how to feed themselves apart from buying rubbish fast food. Please make this compulsory throughout all the educational years.
    Thank you, thank you. Michaela

  • http://www.facebook.com/riikka.saarenpaa.5 Riikka Saarenpää

    Dear Jamie, welcome to Finland to have a look how our children eat at school: the school offers free lunch every day! (Of course we pay taxes for it.) Nobody carries their own snacks with them. The food is proper and healthy (at least I think it is): weggies + meat + rice/potatoes/pasta + milk/water as drink + hard rye bread at every meal. And if parents are working until 5 pm, the school system provides an afternoon activity for small kids as well (the cost is about 80 € per month) which includes a healthy snack as well!

  • Louise Birks

    I have been a food tech for 20 years. I am a full time mum at the moment but very keen to make sure my son learns so basic cookery skills. I volunteer for sure start at the moment and would love to help families learn some basic cheap ways to cook. If I don’t return to the food industry I would love to share some of my experience with schools, families or children. Not sure how to go about it.

  • Yolande Bartlett

    Amazing new….at last! I’m a chef and always dreamed of teaching just cooking skills to small people. My daughter is 7 now and I always show her how food is prepared and what ingredient is what.