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In Home Economics, pupils have opportunities to explore a range of topics and develop Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities. Pupils learn about:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Home and Family Life
  • Independent Living.

Home Economics helps prepare young people for independent living. It is a practical subject that can promote and enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through understanding food choice, nutritional health, consumer issues and relationships. This subject strand aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and values that will help them to make appropriate lifestyle choices.

The skills, knowledge and understanding developed through studying Home Economics are important in today’s society, where:

  • obesity is an increasing problem;
  • diet-related illness is prevalent; and
  • many people rely on ready meals.

Teachers should give pupils the opportunity to explore relevant, real-life contexts that are based on the statutory requirements. These should help them to develop a range of practical food skills and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for Home Economics at Key Stage 3 and the Key Stage 3 Non-Statutory Guidance for Home Economics.


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