Different countries have their own specific national curricula. Yet all seek to develop children and young people’s practical designing and making ability, and their creativity in solving real and relevant problems.
Studying Design and Technology includes the use of a broad range of knowledge, skills, and understanding, and prompts engagement in a wide variety of activities. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
The new English National Curriculum for Design and Technology sets out the minimum requirement for the subject. It is expected that schools will use this as a starting point and develop their own school curriculum to specifically meet the needs of their own pupils.
Schools are encouraged to develop their own individual ethos and vision for the subject. To see it as a dynamic, ongoing process involving pupils, teachers, parents, employers and representatives of industry. In this way, a curriculum can be developed that reflects the particular locality, environment, employment opportunities, and any particular focus individual schools may have.
Supporting teachers in implementing the new D&T programmes of study
The D&T Association supports teachers in implementing the new D&T programmes of study by providing training, advice, information, and guidance. We are producing a number of introductory resources and are running a series of twilight branch training sessions around the country that:
- Outline the new D&T programmes of study
- Explain the implications for teaching practice
Following feedback from members about areas needing explanation, we are developing fresh resources and training materials to help implement the new programme of study.
Primary school and secondary departmental membership
Members may be interested in gaining support for their teachers by converting individual memberships to secondary departmental or primary school membership or indeed joining your school as a new primary or departmental member giving your access to all member benefits, discounted rates on events and teaching resources. As a member you will receive our member magazines and email and video newsletters. Importantly as a member you will gain preferential and more indepth support and advise form our expert team should you need it.
D&T KS3 Key Resources
An extensive bank of Design and Technology Key Resources has been developed to help teachers who are looking to move their schemes of work from craft-based focused projects, where the craft outcome is the critical factor, towards planning D&T learning units that focus on students’ learning in D&T.
The Teacher Guide and associated tools are available for free download. The resource comprises a Key Stage 3 plan for D&T learning, planning and auditing tools, and guidance on using the D&T Association Progression Framework and associated D&T Key Resources bank of resources.
The benefits of a national curriculum
Having a national curriculum helps ensure a shared understanding of what the subject is about, and at what stage in the educational process key aspects are introduced. This allows teachers to properly plan for continuity and progression.
A national curriculum also makes it possible to develop strategies, resources, and challenges that link what has gone before - and prepare for what is to follow. As a result, transition between each stage and between schools can be more easily managed.
The development of the new English National Curriculum
The new English National Curriculum will become mandatory in all state maintained schools from September 2014. However, it is anticipated that most schools in England (including academies and free schools) will use it as the basis for their own curriculum.
The Design and Technology Association played a significant role in the writing of the new curriculum, having been asked by the Department of Education what a modern and relevant for the 21st century programme of study should contain.
The national curriculum D&T programmes of study were a result of bringing together stakeholders, including educational professionals, and representatives of industry such as Education for Engineering, the Design Council and British Nutrition Foundation.
Further information can be found in the English National Curriculum programme of study for Design and Technology at the bottom of the, in the 'Associated Files' area.
You can read about the National Curriculum for Wales, the curriculum area ‘Technologies’ for Scotland, and the National Curriculum for Science, Technology and Design for Northern Ireland for more information.
Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.
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