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The A-Level Scandal that Could Affect Future Health

The Government has quietly announced plans to scrap food as an A-level subject – a decision that’s prompted an outcry from teachers and nutrition experts. Sue Quinn looks at the impact of the changes on young people, their health and the food industry

School cookery lessons have come a long way since the bad old days. As recently as the 1970s, girls might finish school with a handful of dishes under their pinnies, such as cheesy baked potatoes or chocolate mousse thickened with cornflour. And boys? Well, they were off doing ‘man stuff’ like woodwork.

Today, the situation is very different. Food education is far from perfect, but thousands of young men and women finish school with A-levels that equip them with basic cookery skills and a grounding in subjects as varied as food safety, nutrition science, and eating and mental health. But that’s about to change.

Just as schools were closing their doors last summer, the Government quietly revealed plans that spell the end of food studies at A-level. Experts fear the decision will have far-reaching consequences.

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Tuck into the January issue of Delicious – it’s packed with comforting recipes including Nigel Slater’s warming wonders, three-ways with meatballs, main-meal soups, Alpine recipes for mountainous appetites and a heartwarming mac ‘n’ cheese. Plus, there are great no-faff midweek meals, lighter recipes for the new year and foolproof guides to perfect Yorkshire puds, sourdough bread and pork wontons – satisfaction guaranteed.