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Posts by Andy Mitchell

Yes we’re good at designing and make stuff, but can you write about it?

16th December 2019

I certainly don’t consider myself to be good at writing but the other day I was embarrassed to be complimented on something I’d produced. I responded by saying that’s it’s less than one’s ability to w...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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So how are we going to assess it?

5th March 2014

Andy Mitchell highlights the concern being expressed by schools regarding assessment following the removal of levels. However you look at them, solar panels retro fitted to house pitched roofs don’t...

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Special measures

20th January 2014

Andy Mitchell reflects on a week when once again, we are reminded of further changes ahead for schools and particularly the preparation of teachers in the future and the view from Ofsted. Reflecting...

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