D&T Association Blog

What are you going to do with yourself next year?

22nd August 2016

Although I have spent about 26 years of my career teaching D&T at various educational stages, I’m currently not based in a school or other educational establishment.  Nevertheless, this time of ye...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

The changing face of textiles

1st August 2016

I know many fellow textiles specialists are concerned about how textile fits in to the new GCSE fearing a reduction in creativity and the loss of the unique nature of textiles as a material area. I co...

Written by: Julie Boyd

Time to put the clocks back

28th January 2016

The National Curriculum subject D&T has presented controversy for the entire period of its existence.  Some might say that is good.  Others would say it is inevitable as its nature, purpose and co...

Written by: Graham Samuel

Marginalising Creativity

19th January 2016

Are you happy for creative subjects to be marginalised or removed from the curriculum? What are you thoughts?.. sign our petition

Written by: Debbie Woodbridge

Why has the number of teenagers taking design and technology GCSE dropped?

30th September 2015

For some time now, the Association has been expressing concern over the inability of the subject to move forward in response to changes in National Curriculum - and I'm not simply referring to the mos...

Written by: Alison Hardy

GCSE and GCE Design and Technology developments: where are we?

11th May 2015

There is no doubt about it, keeping up with the changes and possible implications for the future direction of design and technology (D&T) and related qualifications is challenging. The Awarding Or...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

TenX Thinking

2nd February 2015

Design over the years has tended to move in small, comfortable steps. Motor vehicle design for example began by firstly emulating carriages using spoked, wooden wheels and ‘coach-built’ bodies, then g...

Written by: Willy Adam

Chinese schools get a lesson from Britain

12th January 2015

While China has excellent academic results, the British curriculum has the upper hand with design – it's a shame our Government doesn't recognise this, says Richard Green The transformation of China...

Written by: Richard Green

3-D Printing Will Change the World. How will it change D&T?

26th November 2014

Updated Wednesday 26/11/2014 This 3D-printed art looks amazing NASA creates history by successfully 3D printing first object in space Updated Wednesday 31/10/2014 HP joins the world of 3D pr...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

Employer Ownership of Skills?

9th October 2014

With the growth in the number of apprenticeship opportunities within companies large and small, increasing numbers of young people are opting to take an apprenticeship. Some chose their path because t...

Written by: Cheryl Phillips

Are you really teaching D&T?

4th August 2014

Are you really teaching D&T? Or are children getting a poorly conceived, watered down version of the subject, asks Gareth Pimley, lead primary consultant for the Design and Technology Associatio...

Written by: Gareth Pimley

D&T Buzz! Our new video newsletter

1st August 2014

We have launched D&T Buzz, a new video newsletter that will be posted to our members every month designed to update you on the activity of the D&T Association. Hopefully you will watch it and ...

Written by: Debbie Woodbridge

D&T Summer School @ Loughborough Design School

15th July 2014

After a crazy few months of planning, our exciting new D&T Summer School ran on the 11th & 12th July 2014 at Loughborough University Design School. Over 160 teachers attended from across the c...

Written by: Debbie Woodbridge

More than skills

29th May 2014

The recent report commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering called ‘Thinking like an engineer – implications for the education system’ describes six engineering habits of mind; characteristics ...

Written by: Cheryl Phillips

Want a job? We need D&T teachers!

12th May 2014

The most important educational resource of all is a supply of dedicated, highly skilled, motivated and committed teachers. This is never more the case than when it comes to the teaching design and tec...

Written by: Andy Mitchell