‘Education is so bad’: Jamie Oliver’s wife criticizes academic pressure and ‘unnecessary exams’

‘Education is so bad’: Jamie Oliver’s wife slams academic pressure and ‘unnecessary exams’ as she recalls being ‘relieved’ when the pandemic meant her daughter didn’t have to take her A-levels

  • The wife of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has described school exams as “unnecessary”.
  • She welcomed the cancellation of written exams due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Her daughter instead did her A-levels in a ‘different and constructive’ way

The wife of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has described school exams as “unnecessary”.

Jools Oliver said she was relieved when the pandemic meant their eldest daughter Poppy didn’t have to take the traditional written exams.

“It’s so bad, the upbringing is so bad,” the mother of five said. “The only thing that was good as a result of the coronavirus was that my daughter didn’t have to take her baccalaureate. She did it, but in a different way, in a constructive way and that saved her.

She added: “The stress of school is so unnecessary. I don’t go to school myself, I don’t understand how they teach, I still don’t understand the subjects they teach.

Jools and Jamie Oliver and their older children (left to right) Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice and Poppy Honey Rosie. Jools Oliver said she was relieved when the pandemic meant their eldest daughter Poppy didn’t have to take the traditional written exams

Jamie Oliver testifies before a cross-party health committee in the House of Commons about his plan to tackle Britain's obesity crisis.  The 46-year-old TV chef met Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi earlier this year to campaign for better school meals following a rise in childhood obesity during the pandemic

Jamie Oliver testifies before a cross-party health committee in the House of Commons about his plan to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. The 46-year-old TV chef met Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi earlier this year to campaign for better school meals following a rise in childhood obesity during the pandemic

‘Jamie and I wanted to start a school. Years ago we had this idea, but obviously it’s not possible. But it was a dream, the dream school – which I’m sure most parents would love – that’s perfect for your child but not so focused on how she is now [with] this academic pressure, these useless exams.

Speaking on her Spinning Plates podcast, the 47-year-old said school was tough for less bright youngsters. “It’s great if you’re good at studying, it’s amazing. But if you’re not, it’s a damn hard job.

The Olivers have five children. In addition to Poppy, 19, they have Daisy, 18, Petal, 12, Buddy, 11, and River, 5.

The couple are no strangers to getting involved in education.

The 46-year-old TV chef met with Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi earlier this year to campaign for better school meals following a rise in childhood obesity during the pandemic.

In 2005, he sparked a national debate over school lunches when he exposed unhealthy foods on menus, including the serving of Turkey Twizzlers.


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