Becoming a D&T Teacher
Design and technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
Design and Technology - The National Curriculum for England, DfEE & QCA
The National Curriculum in England also specifies the activities through which D&T should be taught:
Training to teach D&T in England
Teaching is a graduate profession - that is, you have to have a first degree then gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
There are therefore, broadly, three routes into teaching:
In addition, some institutions offer a D&T specialist degree in Education Studies that offers progression onto a PGCE course after graduation.
Training to teach D&T in Wales
To find out more about training to teach Design and Technology in Wales, go to www.teachertrainingcymru.org
Training to teach D&T in Scotland
To find out more about training to teach Design and Technology in Scotland, go to teachinginscotland.com