Secondary Design and Technology introduces increasingly sophisticated resources, including dedicated teaching environments, computer aided designing and manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching.


Secondary Design and Technology builds on the skills and knowledge pupils have already learnt at primary school. It leverages increasingly sophisticated resources, including dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching. As students progress through this phase, they may be given the opportunity to focus on specific aspects of the subject such as product design, food technology, engineering, systems and control, electronics, textiles and graphics. However, at its core is creativity and imagination. Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

The Design and Technology Association has produced a range of resources to support teachers with the Design and Technology Programme of Study.  The development of supporting resources is a continuing piece of work for the Association.

There is a comprehensive bank of resources for KS3 D&T, covering Textiles, Product Design, Food and Systems and Control with a free teacher guide covering assessment and planning.

To encourage students to opt for D&T at GCSE the Association has a pack of free pdf posters, leaflet and video for display in your department. 

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Convert your Individual membership to Departmental membership

It is important to convert your membership to Departmental membership. Our secondary Departmental membership has become the membership option of choice, really offering your school tremendous value, member support and really invaluable engagement for your whole team. This option is of high value to Design and Technology teachers within a department at a cost of £195.

We have found that schools are often willing to pay for Departmental membership for their whole department out of school budgets and so individual members are generally converting to Departmental membership. This enables schools to budget for resources, events and CPD provided by the Association and all take advantage of member discounted rates. We are happy to help you with the conversion from individual to Departmental membership.

Importantly our new Design and Technology Self-Review Framework is really applicable to Departmental member schools as it assesses and evaluates your whole department to help you show your senior team the value of Design and Technology across the whole school and its curriculum.

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Why is Secondary Design and Technology important?

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.

How can we help at a Secondary level?

Whether you’re a teacher or a consultant, or work within a university, school-based training institution or a local authority, there are services and tools on hand to help make your professional life easier, more productive and more effective. By talking, engaging and listening to our members, we can provide relevant, powerful services, events, publications, resources and other benefits tailored – and at affordable and highly-competitive prices.

Why does a department need the Self-Review Framework?

All schools are required to complete an annual self-review. This generally requires secondary Subject Leaders to provide information to their Senior Management Team. The process of collecting this information can be demanding and may not be well supported by resources that support the process adequately. Our Self-Review Framework and associated Design and Technology Mark has been designed to address this need.

The Design and Technology Association Self Review Framework (SRF) has been designed to help you undertake the process and develop Design and Technology in your school. It is available free to Department members.

What is the Design and Technology Mark?

The Design and Technology Mark rewards departments who meet all the criteria described in the Self-Review Framework.

Becoming a Secondary Design and Technology Teacher

Teacher education in England is administered by the Department for Education. It is a graduate profession so you must first have a degree then achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). In order to gain QTS, you need to complete an initial teacher training (ITT) course. There are a number of ITT routes to accommodate individual circumstances and backgrounds, and you can find more information about these from the Department for Education.

If you have a passion for Design and Technology and want to inspire the next generation with your skills, now is the time to train to be a Design and Technology teacher.

Please note that training to teach in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland varies slightly from training to teach in England.

Working together for Secondary Design and Technology 

We know that strength in numbers is important. A powerful, driven and energised membership helps the Design and Technology Association develop and present a strategic vision and gives us a strong voice when communicating to national policy makers, other government agencies and partners.

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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.

We are focused on giving you the tools, knowledge and information you need to become more effective, more experienced and more efficient. Giving you access to expert opinions. And creating a place where you can air your views, ask your questions and so help make a difference to your life and those of your pupils. We want to hear from you. We want to know how we can help. And we want you to join us.

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