Teaching professionals have been urged to take part in the Department for Education consultation on the new curriculum, which closes on April 16, 2013.
South West Norfolk MP and Education Minister Elizabeth Truss is particularly pleased that cooking is to be introduced into the curriculum.
Elizabeth has been a vocal supporter of local food and producers, particularly as it is the UK’s number one manufacturing industry with increasing employment opportunities across the sector.
Elizabeth said: “The consultation closes on the 16th April so I would urge everyone to read the proposals.
“One of the new additions is the introduction of cookery to the curriculum. Norfolk is particularly fortunate to have an abundance of fabulous food and farming.
“The increasing number of farm shops and cafes illustrate the public’s appetite for more ‘home grown’ food. And the annual Norfolk Food Festival and Brecks Food Festival showcase some of the individual growers and producers that exist across the county.
“More and more schools highlight the fact that the meal on the school dinner plate has been sourced within the local environs. Obviously not every school will have full catering facilities but an increased awareness of food hygiene and food preparation combined with making healthy choices can still be achieved.
“I believe that by having cookery classes as part of the curriculum our young people will see that delicious dishes can be created and they do not have to travel miles before ending up on our dinner plates.”
To see the full curriculum consultation, visit www.education.gov.uk/nationalcurriculum