Sky News

Thousands of secondary school pupils are to tackle completely new subjects as they return for the new academic year.

A new curriculum will see youngsters learn about subjects such as credit card debt, climate change and tackling obesity.

The changes will also allow headteachers in England to schedule lessons in “economically useful languages” such as Mandarin and Urdu.

Traditional study topics such as Shakespeare and the Second World War will remain.

But themes like sustainable development, environmental change and global poverty will be given greater focus to make pupils aware of their responsibilities as world citizens.

Pupils aged 11-14 will get an entitlement to cook and will be taught how to make simple, healthy meals from basic fresh ingredients, helping to fight obesity.

Youngsters will also be taught skills like personal finance, budgeting, mortgages and interest rates, and balancing credit cards.

Launching alongside the new curriculum is a pilot scheme of specialist diplomas offering teenagers a combination of academic and vocational study.

Subjects like construction and the built environment, creative and media, and information technology and society will be trialled this year[…]

[…] in two years’ time 14 different subjects will be offered.

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