National Curriculum: Design and Technology

Prior to 1989 subjects such as CDT (Craft, Design and Technology - still then often called woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing in schools), Home Economics, Textiles (or Needlework) and Electronics were all separate subjects in secondary schools.

Since the introduction of the first National Curriculum in 1989, these subjects have been taught under the single heading of Design & Technology, with the common requirement to develop skills in designing and making alongside a materials-technology knowledge base.

The first version of the design and technology National Curriculum (NC) was highly ambitious, and insufficiently supported by adequate in-service training. As a result, it was hastily revised and simplified and a further major revision in 1995, in which greater provision for understanding industrial production, was made. The 2000 revision strengthened the role of CAD-CAM and introduced the use of ‘SMART’ materials. A further revision in 2005 introduced the study of sustainability.

From specifying numerous compulsory ATs and detailed PoS in 1989 covering Years 1 to 11, the demands have been gradually reduced to what is now a single Attainment Target for Key Stage Three only. Contributions by Business education, Art and IT have been dropped. The role of the teaching of traditional cookery as opposed to Food Technology has been a continuing subject of debate.

Alongside the publication of the statutory requirements for the National Curriculum have been a wide range of guidance materials produced by government agencies such as the NCC, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) and Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), alongside professional organisations such as Design and Technology Association (DATA) and NATHE.

This collection aims to provide a single source for all such design and technology NC documents and as such to provide a timeline of the development of design and technology in schools.

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Craft, Design and Technology: a Curriculum Statement

This report, published in 1980 by the Association of Advisers in Design and Technical Studies, describes and justifies the area of the curriculum then known as craft, design and technology. It states the importance of the skills that it teaches - allowing individuals to interact rationally and positively with the man-...
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1980 - 1989

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Technology in the National Curriculum 1990

Written the year after the introduction of the National Curriculum, this report from the Department of Education and Science specifies the Attainment Targets expected of students at all stages of compulsory education in technology. Programmes of Study are described, along with examples of work that students could be...
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1990 - 1999

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Design and Technology: the National Curriculum - Key Stages 1-4 (1999)

The 1999 edition of the Design and Technology National Curriculum included set out clearly the programmes of study and attainment targets for Key Stages One to Four. It sets out the importance of design and technology education to students' performance across the curriculum in promoting social, moral and cultural...
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1990 - 1999

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Quality in Design and Technology 1993

Produced in 1993, this leaflet was written by the National Curriculum Council for teachers of design and technology at all four Key Stages. It aimed to stimulate lively and useful discussion amongst educationalists and technologists. It briefly raises and summarises different issues and factors that influence...
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1990 - 1999

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Subject(s)Science, Design and technology, Mathematics
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