D&T Association Blog

Reinforcing gender stereotypes, or are we all just showing our ignorance with respect to design and technology education

10th June 2019

If there was ever an example of journalists, fabricating and fanning the flames of an education ‘story’, in pursuit of a salacious report, then this was it. It all started as parent (or someone repres...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

Editorial for Designing Magazine 2019 - issue 113

7th June 2019

With the GCSE Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) and written examination now done and dusted, this feels like an opportune time to commit this to paper. It was clear when I took up this post that there w...

Written by: Tony Ryan

GCSE 2019-20 Contextual Challenges Published

3rd June 2019

Andy Mitchell reflects on the publication of the new GCSE Contextual Challenges that comprise 50% of the mark in the recently introduced Design and Technology GCSE. It’s been interesting to read th...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

5G is coming - is D&T ready? Are we connecting up our curriculum intelligently?

18th April 2019

Like the next person, I get excited by the potential for the use of future technology and its positive impact on both my own immediate and the wider world. No more so than when I read articles like th...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

Summer time...D&T teachers are chillin’

24th July 2018

With the school summer holidays now upon us, this seemed as good a time as any to reflect on the academic year just passed and specifically my almost seven months at the D&T Association. In a y...

Written by: Tony Ryan

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

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