Welcome to December’s D&T Stream... ...the latest news for Design and Technology
Our response to the English Baccalaureate
On 29 November we delivered a formal response to the consultation on the Government’s English Baccalaureate proposals to reform Key Stage 4 qualifications. You can find a link to the letter we sent to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education here.
We believe that in their current form these proposals will critically undermine the ability of our schools to supply the talented designers, engineers and technicians of the future.
We are urging the Government to end the uncertainty that has faced Design and Technology as a subject and acknowledge its crucial role in education by:
- confirming its place in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and
- including Design and Technology in the English Baccalaureate
We now ask all of our members to send a clear message to the government by:
- Responding to the consultation by Monday 10 December here,
- Signing up to the campaign to include Design and Technology in the English Baccalaureate at www.includedesign.org/ and
- Writing to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education at
http://www.michaelgove.com/contact, expressing concern that excluding Design and Technology from the English Baccalaureate will:
- Critically undermine the ability of our schools to supply the talented designers, engineers and technicians of the future.
- Risk the exclusion and disengagement of technically gifted and creative students
- Undermine the development of both technical ability but also applied skills such as problem solving, team working, presentation skills and the ability to follow a brief.
Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards
Thursday 6 December 2012, IET London: Savoy Place, from 18:00
The prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award (YWE) honours the very best female engineers working in the UK today and seeks to highlight the achievements of women in engineering and encourage others to enter the profession.
This free event offers fantastic networking and career opportunities for all who attend, with an exhibition from our sponsors plus the chance to meet winners past and present, along with other inspirational women in engineering. Delegates will enjoy a free mulled wine reception with festive canapés upon arrival and the ceremony will be followed by a sparkling wine reception and buffet – places are limited so please register your place now.
For more information please visit www.theiet.org
Early Years Foundation Stage courses in February – London & Midlands
Are you responsible for teaching the Early Years Foundation Stage framework?
We are running a series of courses during February to help head teachers and subject leaders plan high quality Design and Technology experiences.
Design and Technology offers great opportunities for fun, engaging, hands–on learning for young children. These courses provide the knowledge and inspiration that you need to get you started and help you understand the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
This course is intended for all those who are involved in teaching Early Years children.
||Getting to grips with Design and Technology in the new EYFS framework
||This course aims to ensure that all participants have a good understanding of D&T and how D&T can be implemented effectively in the Early Years curriculum.
||Black Country Living Museum – Dudley Thursday 7 February 2013
|City Temple Conference Centre – London Thursday 14 February 2013
|For more details email
Food technology news
New Key Stage 3 resources from the Potato Council
Potato Council has launched a new set of resources for KS3 that focus on the taste and versatility of potatoes. They include factsheets, recipes, videos, worksheets and PowerPoint presentations, and feature the new fluffy, salad and smooth classification designed to help shoppers choose the best varieties for different cooking methods.
You can find them here
Mission: Explore Food – activity cookbook from the Geography Association
The activity cookbook challenges children to go cannibal, cook in acid, make chocolate poos (including nuts and sweetcorn), ask the Queen for a swan and work out the best way to slaughter a lamb. Mission: Explore Food is a ‘guerrilla geography’ book that has been created to tantalise children’s taste for adventure and tests their understanding not only of where their food is from, but also of where it goes once they’ve finished eating.
Children who complete missions from the book can visit the Mission: Explore website to be rewarded with points and badges for their efforts.
Free samples of the book are available here
Schools encouraged to get involved with Farmhouse Breakfast Week 2013 – taking place 20 – 26 January
Farmhouse Breakfast Week is an annual celebration championing the importance of breakfast. Their aim is to encourage people to enjoy a healthy breakfast more regularly.
Managed by HGCA, the campaign started in 2000 and takes place every January. It is more successful each year with over 1,000 events and promotions taking place in 2012 alongside extensive media coverage.
All stages of the food chain, from farmers to food producers and retailers to consumers are encouraged to get involved and hold events to promote the importance of starting the day with breakfast. Activities include tasting sessions, breakfast competitions, cookery demonstrations, special breakfast menus and school breakfast clubs to name just a few.
Is your Food Technology classroom safe?
Many teachers will have new responsibility for food safety this year. If it is you, make sure you get the training you need.
We can organise accredited training for anyone involved in teaching food technology. These one–day courses help you meet your safeguarding responsibilities under Ofsted’s and enable you to teach food safety in a confident and informed way. Our qualified trainers will enable you to achieve specialist food health and safety accreditation and the Level 2 Food Safety Certificate in one day. Accreditation lasts for 5 years.
If you are interested in attending this course or require more information, please contact:
or call 01789 473 908. All courses are advertised on the D&T Association website here. All food publications may also be purchased from our online shop.
Digital technology news
Learning report from Nesta on the use of technology teaching
The report finds that technology like interactive whiteboards, digital tablets or educational game software can be effective in supporting learning, with examples of best practice. It also suggests that schools need plan how to use technology by adopting tech–focused teaching styles and providing better training for this technology to be effectively used.
You can find the full report here
Upgrade your skills for the new–year, with our CAD, CAM and Electronics courses
Find a course near you on the Digital Design and Technology website:
Free e–book on design and creativity in the classroom
The Council on Technology & Engineering Teacher Education (USA’s Technology Teacher Ed’s organisation) have released the 2011 Year book – it makes for interesting reading
The book is entitled Creativity and Design in Technology and Engineering Education. Fifteen different authors from a variety of professions including architecture, art education, design education, engineering, neuroscience, and technology education have all contributed to this work. The ¬book is available in its entirety, or broken into sections such as individual chapters, abstracts for each of the 12 chapters, author information, and an index. These electronic versions are available in PDF format, which makes them easy to search through for key words or terms. The URLs for references and citations have also been activated so that anyone doing research can immediately go to the original source.
Find it here
Final call for Nominations for the D&T Association Excellence Awards 2013
Have you got a colleague who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to Design and Technology? Then why not nominate them for the D&T Association Excellence Awards?
Do you know anyone who is a trainee near the completion of training or a teacher in their first two years of teaching and who has shown outstanding ability during their training and demonstrated the capacity to become an outstanding teacher?
Do you know anyone who is developing and teaching outside the UK and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to promote the subject? This must have had positive impact on D&T Education in the UK.
Started in 1999 by the Design and Technology Association Trustees the D&T Association Excellence Awards gives professional recognition to individuals for their contribution to Design and Technology Education.
To nominate and to see the other categories please visit our website
Last chance to enter the Student Design Competition from the Design Council – entries by Monday 10 December 2012
The Student Design Competition is open to all young people aged 14 – 19 years who are currently studying on UK design courses, or those who take a keen interest in design. Inspired by current exhibition Designed to Win, the theme this year is Celebration.
For more information and to enter the competition visit the website. Deadline for entries is Monday 10 December 2012.
Opportunity to join the D&T Expansive Education Network
We have formed an exciting new partnership with Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton and the Expansive Education Network. This will offer D&T teachers the chance to learn how to undertake their own small scale action research, share thinking with like–minded colleagues, publish a really simple poster or report version of their findings and enjoy the resources of the Expansive Education Network.
The benefits of membership include:
- free attendance for all eligible teachers at three action research professional development (PD) events organised by your regional university
- access to the member only part of the site to download free resources
- opportunity for members to create their own professional development profile, organise local/regional/national/virtual professional development (PD) events and collaborate with other like–minded members using a secure part of the site
- termly digests of summaries of research into all aspects of expansive education
- significantly discounted rates at all national and regional eedNET events.
For more details visit http://www.expansiveeducation.net/
Design and Technology Association Branch Events
Surrey Branch Event – Wednesday 11 December 2012
Louise Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association will give an update on the curriculum and the future of D&T.
|Registration and refreshments:
||4.30pm – 6.00 pm
||Therfield School, Dilston road, Leatherhead, KT22 7NZ
Northumberland Branch Event – Wednesday 12 December 2012
|Registration and refreshments:
||4.30pm Workshop 4.45pm – 6.15pm
||Bede Academy (North), Sixth Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2SY
This branch meeting will give you an opportunity to meet other colleagues in the area and share teaching methods, resources and ideas. Have you done/used anything good in the classroom recently? Come and talk about it and share it with others. There will also be an opportunity to learn of training events.
Please book either of these events, email
Would you like to become a Branch Event Co–ordinator?
The Design and Technology Association is looking for new Branch Event Co–ordinators. Are you passionate about D&T? Could share this passion with like minded people?
Branch co–ordinators also receive one year’s free D&T Association membership or a free day conference place at our annual conference.
Becoming a branch event co–ordinator is a great way to network with colleagues and share ideas. A branch event could be an evening or weekend workshop. Running a local branch is simple, as administration, promotion and accounts are all provided by the D&T Association. We also offer to provide presenters and ready–made events if they are needed. For more details contact email
or call 01789 473906.
Recommend a friend
Help us to grow our membership and gain further support for the future status of D&T by recommending membership to a friend or colleague. You’ll find details of the benefits of membership under ‘Join Now’ on the website.
Tell us what’s happening in your school?
We are always keen to hear about what is happening in D&T departments around the country and help share it with others. If you have a project you have completed and some student work you would like to show off, let us know and we will try to publish it on our websites or in our Designing or D&T Practice magazines.
Designing and D&T Practice magazines regularly feature case study articles with examples of some of the best Design and Technology teaching. We also feature downloadable resources and case studies on our Primary website: http://www.dandtprimary.org.uk/
If you would like to appear in one of these magazines, or have some teaching resources to share (worksheets, planning documents, presentations, etc) send a photograph and a brief outline of the project to: Neil Whitton at: