Garden Organic urges supporters and schools to respond to the National Curriculum Review “Call for Evidence” to recommend gardening and food growing as a key life skill.
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, has announced a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum in England in order to start a debate about what is taught in our schools.
Anyone – teachers, parents, members of the public – is invited to submit their opinion to the review, and Garden Organic is urging its supporters to put the case forward for making organic gardening and food-growing a key part of the school day.
Lead Garden Education Officer at Garden Organic Malcolm Smith says, “We have a real chance to influence the government here as this review will shape education for years to come. The more supporters that respond, clearly outlining the role that organic gardening has in skills development and practical application of knowledge, the more chance we have of this being taken seriously as a key part of school life.”
The key points Garden Organic would suggest you include in a response are:
· The National Curriculum should recommend making good use of practical, outdoor learning wherever possible; organic gardening and the work of the Food For Life Partnership is a good example of this.
· There should be clear links made within the National Curriculum to practical food education and activity.
· Young people are the consumers and employees of the future: the curriculum should therefore reflect and develop the skills that they will need and the skills that employers will expect.
· Issues of global sustainable development (into which food education and food-growing fit) should be incorporated into all subjects across the curriculum in order to prepare young people for a changing and uncertain future.
The closing date for responses is 14th April 2011.
To see the “Call for evidence” and to respond please click here.