Throughout their time studying FT at DMS, it is intended that students will become proficient, independent cooks. Lessons will focus on the development of both practical and research skills so that students will become informed, inspired and equipped to continue this essential life skill. Lessons will encourage students to demonstrate their creativity and independent thinking. They will enable them to develop practical skills such as measuring, weighing, following recipes and meal planning. They will also learn about the importance of nutritionally balanced food. Pupils will learn the importance of health and safety within the kitchen and will be taught about cultural and seasonal cookery practice which will inform their understanding of the affordability and diversity of food. Students will be given the opportunity to research and educate themselves about food in order to become informed about where food comes from (eg local produce, food origins and culturally inspired foods) and to become nutritionally conscious; understanding the importance of different food groups and their health benefits. They will develop confidence at understanding food labelling and how this can help them make informed choices. Food Technology at DMS will be current and inspiring; it will provide all students with a crucial life skill and will hopefully ignite a lifelong passion in many.