Designed and Made in Britain...?

Why this Campaign?

D&T in primary and secondary school is currently facing many challenges. These include: teacher recruitment, reducing curriculum time, decreasing GCSE entries, access to professional development. Unless we can address this now; the subject of design and technology, which we were first in the world to develop and teach, will be marginalised! Scroll to the bottom of this page for links to more information.

World Leaders in D&T - This Will Change!

The introduction of the National Curriculum in 1989 saw England and Wales become the first countries in the world to establish D&T as a statutory entitlement for all pupils. It is ironic that whilst our achievements in D&T education are seen as world-leading and worthy of replication in other parts of world, they come under repeated question in the UK.

Every child is entitled to the unique contribution that D&T makes to their educational experience. If we are to preserve the subject, and our world lead, for the benefit of future generations of young people immediate and co-ordinated action is required by Government, employers in design and technology-related industries and the D&T community itself.

Why is D&T Education Important?

D&T education makes a unique and valuable contribution to the education and preparation for life for every child – at work or leisure. For some it can be the start-point for highly satisfying and successful careers in industries that bring increasing economic benefit to the UK.

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This campaign is supported by key institutions and industrialists.

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Next Steps -  what can I do?

For more information click on the links below

We need you to support the campaign and act now!

  • Sign the petition on the right hand side of this page
  • Write to your local MP (download a template letter) and explain your concerns
  • Write to the Secretary of State
  • Explain the value of the subject to parents, local employers, school governors and head teachers and ask them to join the campaign
  • Download the campaign booklet and/ or the summary flyer and email to colleagues and friends and ask for their support

Download the leaflets below: Detailed campaign booklet and/ or the summary flyer and feel free to forward it to any interested and influential parties.

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Engage with the campaign and give us your views.

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Add your support to the Designed and Made in Britain...? campaign

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Join the D&T Association

Join our growing community of over 10,000 member teachers, consultants and supporting organisations keen to preserve the subject. The bigger our numbers the greater our force. Join us!

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What Are The Issues?

What Are The Issues?

There is a shortage of qualified teachers; government accountability measures prioritise other subjects; teachers cannot access CPD; and GCSE numbers are declining.

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What Must Happen?

What Must Happen?

Government, Awarding Organisations, Ofqual, employers, the D&T community and the D&T Association all have a role to play. What are they?

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Education, the Economy and D&T

Education, the Economy and D&T

D&T education makes a unique and valuable contribution to the education and preparation for life for every child – at work or leisure. For some it can be the start-point for highly satisfying and successful careers in industries that bring increasing economic benefit to the UK.

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Campaign Supporters

Campaign Supporters

Read the comments from individuals and organisations already supporting the campaign. Add your support.

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Campaign Launches at the RSA

Campaign Launches at the RSA

Designed and Made in Britain...? Campaign launch event supported by the Royal Society of Arts. 7th October 2015

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