Design and technology teacher

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...

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...

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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...

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Check out the Design and Technology Association’s Summer School 2017

The annual Design and Technology Association’s Summer School takes place on 6 and 7 July 2017 at De Montfort University’s new state of the art campus in Leicester.The summer school provides the opportunity for all those involved in design and technology education to come together, listen, observe, and take part in workshops and discussions about...

Inspiring the next generation of designers, architects and engineers at a free two-day workshop for students

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Can your students prevent the spread of infectious disease?

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EEP Robotics Challenge: are you ready to take your students on a journey of exploration?

Tomorrow’s Engineers has invited schools across the UK to take part in the EEP Robotics Challenge.This isn’t just a one-off challenge, it’s a programme that gets 11-14 year olds working together to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.Through the challenge you can help your students develop valuable life skills like...

Last chance to submit your students’ work to the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge

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3D modelling: getting started with Fusion 360

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