D&T Association Blog

What do you think?

8th May 2014

You buy our resources, you use them... now tell us about the outcomes. What have your students done? Did everything go according to plan? If you have any comments about the resources on our website, p...

Written by: Willy Adam

Five wonder materials that could change the world

24th April 2014

Materials such as graphene and shrilk are so new that the scientists who discovered them hardly know what to do with them – they only know they might yet transform our lives. The recent Guardian arti...

Written by: Richard Green

Nanotechnology – Small really is beautiful

26th March 2014

Trying to keep up with the latest advances in technologies can be a daunting and never-ending quest, and it is often tempting to take stock and try to understand what we have, rather than chase the la...

Written by: Willy Adam

Spread the word

19th March 2014

Recently, I presented at a conference on future skills organised by the trade magazine; The Manufacturer.  The key note speaker was Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Trust.  I’ve seen him pres...

Written by: Cheryl Phillips

Big Bangs and damp squibs

13th March 2014

Design and technology has been in the news a lot over the last couple of days - or should I say, design and technology should have been in the news a lot! First was the CBI report, 'Engineering our fu...

Written by: Richard Green

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...

Written by: Andy Mitchell

What’s new... and how to deal with it

12th February 2014

Most of us are now aware of the changes to design and technology resulting from the National Curriculum review in England, but just how well are we doing in terms of preparing for implementing these c...

Written by: Willy Adam

The changing nature of working with employers

5th February 2014

I’ve been working in the field of ‘corporate responsibility’ since leaving university 13 years ago.  It wasn’t called ‘corporate responsibility’ then.  Companies that had started the journey may have ...

Written by: Cheryl Phillips

Wouldn't it be nice if...

30th January 2014

With a new KS1-3 curriculum in place for September we know that the next challenge appearing over the horizon will be the review of GCSE qualifications. Ofqual have been tasked to do this and it is al...

Written by: Richard Green

Safety in numbers, one, two, three

23rd January 2014

We’re really pleased with the fact that since September last year, we have achieved a 26% rise in the number of teachers and other related professionals working in the world of design and technology h...

Written by: Debbie Woodbridge

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...

Written by: Andy Mitchell