Scotland’s Home Economics teachers gather for conference

Scotland’s Home Economics teachers gather for conference

Home Economics teachers from across Scotland will attend a conference in Dundee this weekend.

The Contemporary Issues in Home Economics conference, organised by the University of Aberdeen's School of Education, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday (May 9) with a gathering of over 100 teachers.

Held at West Park Conference Centre, the seminar will allow teachers, visiting specialists and higher education experts to discuss ways to develop and diversify the subject.

Formal discussions on policy matters will be supplemented with chances for delegates to share their experiences in the classroom with fellow teachers from across Scotland.

Yvonne Dewhurst, Lecturer in Education at the University of Aberdeen, and conference organiser, said: "Ever since the first conference over 10 years ago we have always sought to address topical issues in education.

"It is now a well-established and information-packed event that, due to the severe shortage of Home Economics teachers in Scotland, continues to play an important role in raising the profile of the subject."

A range of keynote speakers will address the conference on issues such as globalisation and sustainability in the food system, as well as Curriculum for Excellence – the Scottish Government's move to reform the education system, from ages three to 18.

The event will also see the Baxters Award for Home Economics presented to a teacher who has made a significant contribution to the subject.

Meanwhile, the Carol Dunigan Memorial Award – for the most promising newly qualified teacher of Home Economics in Scotland – will be presented to Antoinette Luckhoff, who will also speak about her first year as a newly-qualified teacher at Lochaber High School.

Conference presentations will be available to download after the event from: