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?

What Must Happen?

Government should:

  • Make a creative and/or technical subject compulsory for all pupils at Key Stage 4.
  • Address D&T teacher shortages through increased bursary incentives to attract the best entrants into secondary ITT and require all primary trainees to have sufficient D&T training.
  • Ensure new D&T GCSE and GCE qualifications have credibility and status with universities.
  • Promote wider understanding of D&T, its contribution to STEM and to career paths in engineering and the creative industries.
  • Require Ofsted to acknowledge D&T’s contribution to all young people’s learning.

Awarding Organisations and Ofqual should:

  • Develop GCSE and GCE qualifications that support modernisation of the subject and reward innovation, risk taking and entrepreneurship.
  • D&T-related employers should:
  • Highlight D&T’s value to Government departments through their companies, professional institutions and organisations.
  • Collaborate with teachers in the development of real-life and relevant D&T activities and resources.
  • Help teachers to provide opportunities for learners to engage with professional practice through study visits and work experience.

D&T-related employers should:

  • Highlight D&T’s value to Government departments through their companies, professional institutions and organisations.
  • Collaborate with teachers in the development of real-life and relevant D&T activities and resources.
  • Help teachers to provide opportunities for learners to engage with professional practice through study visits and work experience.

The D&T community should:

  • Modernise and develop the curriculum to make it fit for the 21st century.
  • Provide CPD that improves and extends teachers’ subject knowledge – especially in digital and more technical aspects in both primary and secondary phases.
  • Encourage collaboration across schools, colleges and universities to support progression of experience and learning – from Early Years to Postgraduate.
  • Take every opportunity to publicise D&T, and related careers, to parents, school management, governors and employers.

The D&T Association will:

  • Lobby Government to implement the required actions without delay.
  • Work to increase understanding of D&T at policy level and encourage MPs to visit schools to see D&T in action.
  • Support and advise Awarding Organisations in the development of new qualifications.
  • Draw on design and manufacturing industries’ expertise to ensure practice in schools supports employers’ needs.
  • Actively challenge and support schools to improve the quality of D&T on offer.
  • Provide resources to support high quality D&T training, teaching and learning.

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