It is important that schools keep a current design and technology policy. The Subject Leader will usually write this and submit it to the Governing Body to give educators, parents and inspectors an overview of activities.
It should include:
- The context of teaching and learning within the school
- Time allocation
- Source of medium-term plans. Will the school amend plans or use them verbatim?
- The use of Key Skills, e.g., problem-solving, team work, use of ICT
- Financial considerations: the annual budget
- Resources, e.g., where are they stored, what is available
- Health and safety issues, e.g., hygiene in food technology, safe use of tools and materials
- Cross-curricular links, e.g., science knowledge or art skills used in finishing techniques
A successful subject leader needs a wide range of skills and qualities. A subject leader is expected to lead with vision, and manage and make decisions, as well as being an excellent teacher.
The D&T Association supports subject leaders in a number of ways:
Our publications in the online shop, written by experienced subject leaders, contain invaluable advice.
- Primary Subject Leaders’ File, HelpSheets and Lesson Plans – essential resources to help support D&T subject leaders in all aspects of their roles
- A to Z of D&T and Working With Materials CDs – covering tools, equipment and materials and advice on H&S in the classroom
Come to our conferences and branch meetings
- Meet other subject leaders and join dedicated workshop sessions
Join the Association
- Get discounts on publications, events and CPD
- Membership publications sent every term
- Monthly e-newsletter
- Keep up to date with the latest national policy news, new examinations and inspection requirements