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Science Education in Europe: Critical Reflections

The Nuffield Foundation convened two seminars involving science educators from nine European countries. The seminars were held in June and December of 2006. The seminars investigated the extent to which the issues of the decreasing interest of young people in science and technical subjects were common across Europe...

Subject Professional Development Materials: Design and Technology

This resource from Ofsted is aimed at subject leaders to help improve teaching and learning by reflecting on the main messages from the design and technology report, Meeting Technological Challenges? The resource draws upon evidence from design and technology subject survey visits by Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI...

Meeting Technological Challenges?

This report draws upon evidence from design and technology (design and technology) subject survey visits by Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) to primary and secondary schools between September 2007 and July 2010. The inspections evaluated how well the subject was meeting its National Curriculum aims and promoting high...

Education for a Technologically Advanced Nation: Design and Technology in Schools

This report evaluates design and technology provision based on a three-year evaluation of design and technology in primary and secondary schools. Evidence was drawn from school inspections during the period 2004–05 as well as from focused surveys by Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from 2004 to 2007. The surveys...

Raising Achievement in Design and Technology: Turnford School

This case study from Ofsted describes the development of an innovative and relevant design and technology curriculum at Turnford School, which has secured high levels of engagement and achievement.

The department formed a partnership with Mindsets to help modernise what was previously a very traditional...

Computer-aided Design and Manufacture in Design and Technology

This case study from Ofsted shows how one secondary school integrated computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) into their design and technology provision.

At Ripley St Thomas Church of England school, students use professional standard software and manufacturing equipment confidently, developing...

Teaching Language and Study Skills in Secondary Science

This book was published by Heinemann in 1985 to give science teachers advice on how they can educate their students to become autonomous learners by developing their language and study skills.

Each chapter in the book has a consistent format: an ‘introduction’ briefly discussing the main points, followed by...

Assessment of Performance in Design and Technology

The Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) Design and Technology project in the context of the National Curriculum took place between 1985 and 1991. The aim of the study is to provide support to teachers implementing the developments detailed in the introduction of the National Curriculum Order for Technology.

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In Place of Confusion: Technology and Science in the School Curriculum

This report, published by the Nuffield-Chelsea Curriculum Trust, was written in the wake of significant reorganisation of the school system with the development of comprehensive schools and the comprehensive curriculum.

The first chapter looks at the changes made to Craft, Design and Technology in schools...

Report by HM Inspectors on British School Technology 1986

This report by HM Inspectors begins by outlining the history of the British School Technology (BST), its terms of reference and the extent of the operation in terms of the numbers of teachers trained. Details are given of inspections carried out and a more detailed description of the work carried out by BST at...

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