Schools secretary Ed Balls (crazy name, crazy guy) has announced that cookery will become compulsory in UK secondary schools. That will mean that a shortage of appropriately trained teachers will need to be bridged and presumably an appropriate curriculum approved.
The last time I worked in a secondary school the cookery department always seemed to just be teaching students how to make pizzas which on one occasion forced a school evacuation due to a major fire started by the cookery teacher.
Way back when I was a secondary school student prisoner cookery was called home economics and we equally endured woodwork and metalwork in the same quantities to P.E. in that all three were double period activities. Only P.E. remained compulsory in the final two years though I was able almost uniquely able to dodge most of those with art.
I luckily came away with good basic cooking skills , a comprehensive grounding in car maintenance and a thorough grasp of photography with maybe some passable English skills.
Not quite sure why that all took 11 years of my life though.