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Fixperts: teach your students to design for impact

We’re experiencing a global revolution in how things are made. It includes everything from new digital technologies like 3D printing, to internet-based tools for design collaboration, distribution, and improvement. It’s influencing where we get our ideas and how we choose to make them real. Add finite resources, shifting global markets,...


Robots, drones and GPS: the future of farming

Farming is becoming increasingly competitive. With a growing population, changing climates and labour shortages predicted, who will farmers turn to to help harvest their crops?Robots and drones could be the answer and may play a part in revolutionising the farming industry.A recent CPD activity gave teachers an insight into the future of farming...


How can design and technology help the shortage of engineers?

There’s no doubt we’re short of engineers. Research from Engineering UK shows that we need 186,000 new engineers every year to keep up with the current demand for engineering skills.Engineering challenges such as High Speed 2, low carbon power generation, electric and automated vehicles, production automation, Heathrow/Gatwick airport expansion...


Planning, preparing and implementing the new design and technology GCSEs

Simon James is Head of Department at The Warriner School in Bloxham near Banbury. We chatted to him about the new design and technology GCSEs and the opportunities and challenges they will provide for both the teachers and his students.At key stage 4, our department is teaching GCSEs in food preparation and nutrition, design and technology (...


Unpacking the new design and technology GCSE

To prepare for the new design and technology qualifications, we spent a lot of last summer going through the OFQUAL guidance for the new GCSE, and working backwards to prepare the key stage 3 schemes of learning.Our aim is to give a good background to the core principles in years 7 and 8, supporting the three year GCSE courses that we teach. Year...


Top tips to prepare for the new design and technology GCSE

The official start date for the new design and technology GCSE is just around the corner. With first teaching in September 2017, we asked some of our design and technology experts for their advice on how to go about planning and preparing for the new curriculum.Top tips for planning, from consultants Julie Boyd and Paul BoydThe 2014 key stage 3...


3D printing hints and tips for design and technology

Written by Phil Cotton @philipacottonIf you are new to 3D printing then deciding where to start with a class of pupils can be a daunting task. Here are some of the most common questions I hear:What CAD package do you use with the pupils?How long will it be before you get to 3D print your classes designs?How will you manage your students improving...


STEM Ambassadors: engaging students with careers in design and technology

STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free-of-charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people in and outside of the classroom. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their value in life and careers.A teacher's viewWe asked Tessa Samuel, design and technology teacher at...


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The opportunities and challenges of the new design and technology GCSEs

There are only a few months until the changes to the design and technology GCSEs will be implemented. Preparing new and effective Schemes of Work can be challenging. To help, we chatted to David Hainsworth, a Head of Department at Calthorpe Park School, who discussed how their department is preparing for the changes.Our department has five full-...


The new register for arts technicians: what you need to know

Professional registration can be career-changing for technicians - and with the new arts register from the Institute of Science, Technology and the Arts (IST) recently launched, arts technicians can take this important step. But what do you need to know before you make the leap?You may have read that HEaTED is working with the IST to...


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