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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22615: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 11 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the importance of quality home economics education to tackle Scotland's obesity crisis.

Answered by: John Swinney 17 April 2019

The Scottish Government is clear that home economics plays a key role in providing children and young people with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to make positive health choices and live longer, healthier lives.

Through Curriculum for Excellence, every child and young person in Scotland is entitled to a broad general education which includes learning about food and health. This learning can be delivered through a variety of classes including maths, home economics and science and can include activities like a visit from a chef or a visit to a farm. This helps to ensure that pupils develop a full understanding of food issues in their widest sense. For example, as well as learning how to cook, food education encompasses things like food choices, advertising and culture and the impact these have on overall health.

Our policy document ‘Better Eating, Better Learning’ asks pupils, parents, teachers, caterers and wider community to renew their commitment to school food provision and food education in school by working more closely together to prioritise health promotion in their school. This will help to ensure we are providing consistent messages to children and young people as they learn how to take responsibility for their health.