Training and Events

A regular schedule of varied events: refresher courses, legislation updates, networking meetings and CPD training to build on your existing knowledge.

Training and Events

Why are events important to our members? The D&T Association runs a regular schedule of varied events throughout the academic year. These events can be refresher courses in your chosen field, or can be used as a means to build on your existing knowledge by Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Our members and non-member delegates always benefit from the CPD experience gained at events. They’re also a great chance to meet fellow D&T professionals in a non-work environment and discuss new developments, trends, ideas, and compliance issues.

They’re also an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded individuals around the country via our local branch network.

D&T Online Learning is coming May 2020

We are aiming for the first units of online learning to be available by the end of May 2020

Our new online courses will allow you to work at your own pace giving you the understanding and confidence to improve your practice in Design & Technology back in the classroom. Written by subject experts at the Design & Technology Association, our courses are made to meet the needs and high standards of a modern, busy school and count towards your ongoing Continuing Professional Development requirements. Each course will include a mixture of videos, quizzes and downloadable resources to help you develop your D&T teaching.

After completing each course, you will be issued a certificate and digital badge as proof of your ongoing CPD in Design and Technology education.

The first three online modules are

1. (Re)introducing D&T to your primary curriculum - read more

2. D&T Practical Primary School Snapshots - read more

3. Understanding the iterative design cycle in primary D&T - read more

D&T Summer School 2020 cancelled for now

It is with much regret but will come as no surprise to most, to hear that we have decided to cancel our 2020 Summer School planned for Friday 3rd July 2020 in its current format.

This year’s Summer School had been redesigned from its traditional two-days to one day only, following feedback from teachers who wanted to attend in 2019 but were unable to justify the cost from stretched school budgets or were unable to take two days away from their students. We addressed the school duration and the cost, lowering the delegate rate to £95 for members and £125 for non-members thus making attendance as affordable as possible.

We will provide detail on how and when we propose to run this over the course of the next couple of months; meanwhile, we will set about organising a summer school to beat all others for 2021.

Sustainability Design Challenge

A free course which will give you:  Take a look at this video

  • An understanding of the importance of global learning and how it impacts on us all
  • A better understanding of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and how to make reference to them in your teaching
  • Content to support the delivery of core knowledge associated with sustainable design, energy, mechanisms and structure
  • Problem-solving challenges to highlight to your students how engineering can improve the quality of people’s lives

"Fantastic resources"

"Being able to go through and discuss the teaching of the subject"

"Ideas of classroom practice"

"Show the possibilities of what creative sustainable options are available"

"Gaining new ideas and concepts to deliver different lessons"

D&T CPD Events Scheduled for 2020

The D&T Association runs a collection of CPD training events. Next year you will be able to choose from a wealth of different CPD sessions, scheduled to run at venues nationwide

Secondary Courses for 2020

  • Design and Technology Curriculum Planning for the new Ofsted framework
  • Contextual Designing in D&T: Foundations for Success 
  • How to Design: For GCSE NEA, from Year 7 onwards
  • Engaging Hands-On Activities for Successful D&T GCSE Practice
  • VEX Robotics
  • Embedding Technical & Design Principles into Engaging Learning Experiences
  • Teaching Food Safely
  • Health and Safety Core Training
  • Celebrity Design Lectures

Primary CPD for 2020

  • Deliver engaging and effective Primary KS1 & 2 STEM projects
  • Primary Subject leadership course

We are always looking for Branch co ordinators so please do consider one of your teachers being a coordinator in your area and then we can get a busy branch set up for you and supply you with regular info, video, topics for discussion and an arena for networking with like-minded teachers

How to book an event

You can book an event online or, call 01789 470007 or email us.

Where are events held?

Some events are organised and delivered regionally at a school, college, university or other venue near you. We also hold some courses at dedicated conference facilities across the country

We are always keen to find host schools for some of our courses. Host schools may benefit from membership deals and/ or free place on the course if it reaches a viable delegate number.

Who is involved in developing and delivering CPD?

We develop our CPD sessions with a number of well-trained, experienced colleagues, expert practicing teachers and consultant members. Our established credibility allows us to work with expert teachers and consultants, executives, fellow members to develop a comprehensive schedule of training each year. Our highly experienced events team, ensures the events are of high quality and on current and relevant topics required by teachers

Working together for D&T

A strong and educated membership helps the D&T Association develop, maintain, and present a valuable strategic vision. One that represents the views of the community to national policy makers, other government agencies, and partners. Our events are planned to ensure our members are equipped with the latest information to help them to implement the new national curriculum effectively and efficiently.

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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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