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Food and Nutrition


Corby Technical School recognises the value of Food and related work and follows the National Curriculum but is suitably differentiated so that all pupils are able to participate in the subject.

The pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

In addition, the pupils’ experiences household tasks that will assist then to lead as independent life as possible.


The department provides a safe, welcoming, caring and supportive environment where each child is expected to work to a high standard. All pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught twice a week. Pupils in Key Stage 4 are able to continue the subject through their option choice.

Skills and knowledge are mapped throughout the scheme of work, to ensure consolidation and progression.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Learn how to cook with reference to safety and hygiene.
  • Cook a repertoire of dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet.
  • Become competent in a range of cooking techniques (for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture, and smell; adapting and using their own recipes).
  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Understand where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught, and processed.
  • Understand simple household tasks.


Food technology provides the skills and develops the knowledge in order for pupils to manage their own and future family lifestyles.

The pupils have a feeling of achievement, pride, and self-worth in their practical work, increasing their confidence. Helping them to take the initiative as they plan and organise their work to be increasingly independent individuals.

It may also provide a route to future employment that enables students to be equipped with key employability skills, so that they are able to thrive in the modern workplace, as well as key life skills so that they are able to cook nutritionally balanced, affordable food. They will be able to organize themselves in the kitchen environment, developing the skills they need to be effective team members in a variety of contexts.

.  At KS4, students study AQA (8585) GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.