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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...

High-quality Innovation in KS3 Design and Technology to Promote High Achievement

This case study, produced by Ofsted, illustrates how Archbishop Holgate’s School has developed its design and technology curriculum to provide a high quality and unique learning experience for students at Key Stage Three. The study details some of the activities and projects undertaken by each year group and how...

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...

Alternatives for Science Education

Alternatives for Science Education was produced and published by the Association for Science Education (ASE) in 1979. Its sub-title, A Consultative Document, indicates its aim and status. In addition to being a document of considerable historical interest, it contains arguments of continued relevance.

The...

Standards in Public Examinations 1975 to 1995

This report, jointly published by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) and Ofsted under the chairmanship of Ron Dearing, presents the findings of an investigation into whether standards in GCSE and A level examinations were maintained in the period up to 1995. The improving examination grades...

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...

Design and Technological Activity: a Framework for Assessment

This report, from the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU), follows a series of other reports establishing the nature of design and technology. This report was again concerned initially to clarify the parameters of design and technological activity and the features of performance that are crucial. Subsequently, the...

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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