Summer School Workshop Descriptions

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D&T Summer School Workshop Descriptions

Day 1

Keynote: Diana Choulerton, Ofsted  - D&T at Secondary School. Through the lens of inspection: myths, reality and things to consider.


Awarding Organisations Workshops

The morning sessions will be split into 2 sections, the first will focus on the new D&T GCSEs and the second will look at the Technical Awards. OCR, AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas will all be running these workshops workshops.

GCSE Specifications

You will probably have already chosen the awarding organisation to follow for the new D&T GCSE for September 2017. Your chosen AO will unpack their individual specification and it is expected that the content, specifications and their exemplar material will be discussed in these sessions.

Technical Awards

You may be considering or indeed have committed to offering technical qualifications. The AOs will spend the second half of the morning session outlining the content and specifications of their different technical qualifications, ensuring you are able to confidently deliver the courses from September 2017.

Food Science – Scott Bradley

To look at an array of food science, food preparation and cookery methods linked to both NEA tasks and link the function and science of food to its preparation and cookery method.

PGCE ITT Training for New Recruits – Stuart Lawson & Tracey Goodyear

Aimed at students who are looking to specialise in teaching Design and Technology.


The Future of CAD in the Classroom – Matt Bell

The session will cover how CAD can be best used in the modern D&T classroom throughout Secondary education, with a focus on the very latest cloud based design products from Autodesk: Tinkercad & Fusion 360. Participants will get a hands on experience of both Tinkercad & Fusion 360 plus will have the opportunity to explore exciting additional possibilities with the softwares including importing design data into Minecraft, 3D Printing and making the most of your laser cutter with Fusion 360 Slicer.

You can expect to 

  • Create 3D Designs using Tinkercad & Fusion 360
  • Create 2D Drawings Using Fusion 360
  • Creating Renders using Fusion 360
  • Take Tinkercad models into Fusion 360
  • Linking student designs to the gaming world of Minecraft
  • Exporting designs for 3D Printing
  • Exporting 3D designs for laser cutting using Fusion 360 Slicer
  • Understand additional opportunities with Fusion 360 such as CAD/CAM & Certification

Programmable control: Crumble – Joseph Birks

Teachers will be taught how to program using the simple drag-and-drop Crumble software (inspired by Scratch). Then gain hands-on experience of using the Crumble through practical tasks and challenges.  Introduction of new features and accessories for those already familiar with Crumble. Learn how to write programs for the Crumble.

Developing your KS3 for Success in GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition – Frances Meek

Exploring the use of new free teaching resources from BNF to address Food Preparation & Nutrition at KS3 & GCSE. This session will include

  • Nutrition knowledge update
  • Ensuring schemes of work and lesson plans show progression
  • KS3 Food - what needs to be covered to ensure successful transition to KS4
  • Strategies to demonstrates progression in practical lessons
  • Successful recipe selection 
  • Resources to enhance food teaching

Delegates will have a great understanding of how to develop schemes of work and lesson plans that enable students to successfully progress from KS3 D&T Cooking & Nutrition to KS4 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. They will also have the skills, knowledge and strategies to evidence progression in practical lessons.

‘Being a D&T teacher is like playing a game of monopoly’, would you agree? – Jenny Dhami

One of the main focuses of the new GCSE specifications and current D&T NC revolve around encouraging students to follow an iterative design process.  To embrace this concept, students need to be confident and independent in their creative designing skills.  This session will look at practical ideas to ‘turbo charge’ teaching and learning to provide students with the building blocks to construct their own meaning to a variety of design scenarios. The session will have a ‘product design/graphic/RM’ KS3/4 focus but could also be applied to other areas.

Covering the first year of the new GCSE - A practical workshop  - Brian Russsell FULLY BOOKED

This will deal with 10 practical skills which will prepare students for undertaking the Non Exam Assessment task.  Working with a wide range of materials and techniques we will explore low cost solutions to making.  This will be suitable for delegates who wish to broaden their knowledge of materials outside their specialism.  Delegates will take away a wide range of samples which they can use as the basis of design and make assignments or as focussed skills learning.

Concrete Masterclass: ‘mixed’ materials within Design and Technology – Kerry Truman

All delegates will be introduced to the use of concrete as a material within Design and Technology; a presentation of concrete technologies; health and safety in relation to concrete in education; examples and project ideas; hands-on experience making a simple cost-effective concrete product; Hands on understanding of Concrete; mixing and casting of concrete; cost effective mould design for concrete; teaching resources for practical application of concrete with Secondary D&T projects

Technology integration: using 3D scanning, 3D modelling and printing – Nick Rowan

This workshop explores the idea of ‘technology integration’ that incorporates 3D scanning (using high and app-based tools) coupled with additive manufacture.  This technology is now available for use in schools and provides opportunities for students to explore reverse engineering, incorporating this with product development.

Day 2

Keynote: Mike Brown, Siemens - Industry 4.0 is the 4th industrial revolution

“Industry 4.0 is the 4th industrial revolution. The introduction of new technologies will dramatically change design, engineering, and manufacturing and a core component of industry 4.0 is ‘Digitalisation’. Digitalisation changes everything. Find out how Siemens are working in partnership with academic institutions to help ensure the UK has a talent pipeline able to keep the UK at the forefront of engineering and design.”

STEM into Action in D&T – Flight Challenges for secondary schools – Andy Mitchell & Tim Brotherhood

This hands-on workshop uses the context of flight to showcase a number of real, meaningful and engaging activities for students.

  • An awareness of how flying machines work.
  • Hands-on design, make, test and improve paper gliders through several iterations.
  • Awareness of flight projects suitable for secondary schools.
  • Design, code a test programs to make drones perform predetermined actions.

Design processes, industry skills and the importance of prototyping and testing – Paul Woodward

A visual based presentation with interactive elements for delegates to see how the D&T classroom compares to industry from a teachers point of view. Also includes subject awareness with advice on how to improve design project content and links to the new GCSE.

Using apps to develop resources for the new GCSE specifications – James Bleach & Dave Bausor

James and Dave will not only be demonstrating iterative design and modelling tasks but will also demonstrate a range of resources developed to assist staff in preparation and delivery of the new GCSE specification.

Planning effective resources to help staff teach outside their specialist material area.

Let them design! – Tom Corker & Andy Girling

A different approach to learning. Encourage students to use their creativity and knowledge to produce different outcomes (Years 7 – 11). Consider function not just aesthetics to overcome the ‘copy and decorate’ approach used in many classrooms. Take the journey and develop strategies that you could apply in your own lessons.

  1. Gain a range of strategies to use in the classroom to promote different outcomes with students
  2. Actively participate in learning process and produce products using strategies learnt

Planning the 5 year plan module/curriculum – Pat Doherty

Building a coherent KS3 learning programme leading towards the single GCSE specification for D&T at KS4. Ensuring the necessary ‘platform of experience’ by the end of Y9 to enable the study of D&T at KS4

  • Using the Design & Technology Association Key Resources
  • Using the Design & Technology Association Secondary Leaders Handbook
  • Managing coverage of the programmes of study.
  • Making learning central to every unit of work
  • Focussing assessment on learning
  • Focussing on the continuity and progression of learning
  • Making the best use of limited curriculum time – planning learning units of varying lengths

Understanding Materials – developing and applying their properties when designing and/or making – Heidi Ambrose-Brown

  • Use new resources to develop handling collections for a range of materials.
  • Through analysis, questioning and discussion, groups will begin to develop frameworks for scaffolding the learning required by students in regard to building and applying their knowledge of materials and their properties.
  • Provide teachers with access to ready-made resources and material samples.
  • Develop strategies for delivering the knowledge required regarding a range of materials.
  • Understand how “mainly designing” tasks can be developed from key properties of materials.
  • Build teacher confidence in delivering material areas that are unfamiliar.
  • Understand how to develop further handling collections to support other areas of learning based e.g. around manufacturing processes or stimulating creative problem solving

User centred design: A practical workshop – Brian Russell

Through an iterative design and make workshop we will explore the notion of user centred design. Delegates will take away a number of teaching resources which they can use when delivering the new D&T GCSE specification and will make a number of prototypes. Delegates will have the opportunity of working with a wide range of materials in order to solve problems for elderly users. this will be a good opportunity to explore some of the differences of working with a contextual task.

Practise your Practice - Basic Engineering workshop Skills and Safety – Full Day Session with Tony Cowell

After an introduction looking at some of the history of engineering and pedagogy's of making, a day for beginners, and teachers new to the field of engineering to develop some basic skills in marking, shaping and joining with metals. We will also consider the challenges of monitoring and measuring progress in a practical lesson. Finally we will evaluate the day, the product, and consider the challenge of developing projects for use in Engineering teaching for the future.

Basic knowledge in:

Marking, Shaping, Drilling, Cutting, Riveting and finishing metal.

Basic knowledge of 2D CAD, profile cutting and engraving using a Laser cutter.


Programmable control: Crumble, the next steps - Joseph Birks

Teachers will be taught how to program using the simple drag-and-drop Crumble software (inspired by Scratch). Then gain hands-on experience of using the Crumble through practical tasks and challenges.  Introduction of new features and accessories for those already familiar with Crumble. Learn how to write programs for the Crumble.

Developing D&T and creating a conducive environment for D&T in your school – Jo Chidgey

Are you proud of what your teaching environment looks like? This session explores how you can liven up your teaching spaces without investing big expense. But the teaching environment includes more than just the physical spaces in which D&T is taught. It also concerns the culture and ethos the subject enjoys. Two practicing teachers give you tips and techniques for ensuring that  D&T’s image in school is the right one and how you can develop it.

Effective Design For 3D Printing – Steve Cox

A session for those wanting to understand how designs can be tailored to achieve high quality and efficient 3D printed output 

An understanding of how to make 3D printing outcomes more efficient and more successful, together with an appreciation of how to push the boundaries of what can be produced on a desktop 3D printer. 

Fiddling, Tinkering, Modelling, Designing – Richard Brett - FULLY BOOKED

A practical workshop exploring simple modelling materials. Initially developing outcomes suggested by a range of materials with a discussion about the value of conducting the design process in 3 dimensions. The second half will be a team exercise in quickly designing and communicating an idea using only sketch modelling techniques and materials. You will gain

  • Experience of generating ideas in 3D, using low skill materials, working quickly in response to materials, using materials appropriate to the forms required, and considering a hierarchy of materials and associated techniques.
  • Understanding why working in 3D enables creativity and assists In accessing a broader range of possible outcomes.
  • Understand the benefit of working in materials to quickly produce complex, detailed and elegant forms that could not have been anticipated through sketching alone.

Fashion design – Mark Bradshaw

De Montfort University has a reputation for their degree courses in fashion design.  This session provides D&T teachers with the opportunity to explore how university lecturers inspire their students and the creative process.  

The Textiles Industry: Bringing Industrial Practice into Your Classroom – Julie & Paul Boyd

The textiles industry is a diverse and important industry that offers students a wide range of careers opportunities, both in the UK and internationally, whether it be in traditional areas such as fashion, or in high tech areas related to technical textiles & engineering. This course will look at different aspects the industry and how these can be used to engage students, as well as being a tool to raise the status of textiles as a specialism within D&T.  Content will be relevant to the new D&T GCSE reflecting how some of the broader materials content is more relevant to textiles than we might at first think, as well as linking to the new A levels, particularly the Fashion and Textiles A level. The session will be relevant to both textiles specialists as well as non specialists.

  • Understanding the diverse nature of the modern textiles industry, along with careers opportunities for students
  • Examples of industrial practice in the textiles industry and how to bring this into your classroom
  • Examples of how teachers can use industrial practice to raise the profile of textiles in school
  • Developing ideas and strategies for activities in the classroom, and in particular ideas on activities that link industry to the new D&T GCSE and A level qualifications.

Creating your digitally orientated workshop for the future – Andy Mitchell

What should your workshop look like in 2020? This session will provide a hands on opportunity to explore state of the art resources and equipment that should be common place in every school workshop. Using short demonstrations and presentations, it will explore possible curriculum applications and how digital technologies can radically change the nature and extent of what students can achieve. You will need to bring along a laptop to the session with some pre-loaded software.


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