Working Groups

Groups assist, advise and support the Design and Technology Association team in Primary, Secondary and SEN issues.

Working Groups

D&T Association Working Groups have been set up to assist, advise and support the D&T Association team. The groups each have a specific focus and meet twice a year to discuss developments in the curriculum, government initiatives and their effects, developing new resources, and other related issues.

Who do the groups represent?

The groups represent the main categories of membership and the Association’s areas of work. These include:

What is the purpose of the Working Groups?

Working Groups give members a voice. They ensure our staff are always representing them, supporting them, and meeting their current needs. The groups also help us keep in touch with the daily work of members and enable discussion about further ways we can offer support.

The groups update us on the current best practice, issues, and challenges that teachers are experiencing. They provide feedback on member services, including reviewing membership publications, teaching resources, the website, events, and conferences. In addition, they play an important part in the process of developing new resources, quality assurance and provide support for the Association and its members by contributing articles and website items and responding to public consultations.

What are the benefits of joining Working Groups?

Help contribute to and influence the work of the Association. As a group member you’ll often hear news about the latest curriculum developments first, and may be involved in piloting the latest initiatives, programmes and resources.  You will have the opportuinity to network with likeminded colleagues and gain ideas, share best practice and gain help for your school or institution. We acknowledge the contributions made by group mmebrs in our publications and to headteachers and others.

How to become a Working Group Member?

To become a member of a working group you must first be a member of the Design and Technology Association. Applications will be reviewed by Association staff and the Chair of the group, who will either invite you to join or place you on a waiting list for future entry if the group is already full.

Members are expected to make a commitment to attend regularly, with permission from their head teacher or line manager if appropriate.

Groups typically consist of 16 members, but can be greater in number and include:

  • Design and Technology Association executive staff member
  • Members who have expressed an interest
  • Additional members who may be invited by executive staff to ensure a balance of expertise

If you’d like to apply to join a Working Group, simply complete the Working Group Application form below and return it by email to Richard Green.

Primary Working Group

The areas of work covered by the Primary Working Group include developing resources, reviewing and commenting on curriculum developments and identifying ways in which the Association can support and promote D&T.

The group also contributes by reviewing the website, producing supporting materials, identifying the need for new resources, and helping in the development of them all. They contribute to D&T Primary and Designing magazines, comment on publications and resources (including those offered by other publishers), and provide suggestions for developing CPD. In addition, they provide ideas and suggestions to encourage primary membership and activity, including workshops to attract primary participation at conferences and events.

The group meets in the Autumn, Summer and Spring terms and sessions include workshops dedicated to developing new materials to help support primary teachers.

Secondary and Examinations Working Group

The work of the Secondary Working Group includes reviewing and commenting on curriculum developments and examinations and identifying areas in which the D&T Association can further promote D&T. It also provides valuable feedback on membership services and resources, as well as the website.

The group helps with identifying the need for new resources and in developing these. It contributes to D&T Practice and Designing magazines, comments on publications including those offered by other publishers, and makes suggestions for developing CPD within the association. They also provide ideas and suggestions to encourage secondary membership, including workshops to attract secondary participation at conferences and events.

The group meets in the Autumn and Spring terms and sessions include workshops dedicated to developing new materials to help support secondary teachers.

Special Educational Needs Working Group

The Special Educational Needs Working Group focuses on reviewing and developing aspects of D&T education within SEN education. Its work includes providing feedback on membership benefits and services and using its expertise to suggest further support and help develop resources.

The group reviews publications, resources and website content, helps to plan developments and programmes, and actively supports the Association at events and exhibitions when needed. It provides articles and reviews for the membership publications, and offers support to members of the Association by answering queries and arranging, for example, exchange visits to schools.

The group meets in the Autumn and Spring terms.

James Dyson Innovation Group Overview

Our Innovation Group is a national group of 20 newcomers to primary and secondary D&T teaching who have demonstrated exceptional talent. The group is funded by the James Dyson Foundation. Members remain in the group for three years and work both together as a group and individually to create innovative resources, explore creative projects, and develop new ways of working. They meet several times a year, including three two-day events.

Over the past few years, this group has helped several past members to progress their careers as subject leaders, and become members of school senior management teams. Their incredible work has often been referred to by well-known designers, including Wayne Hemmingway and James Dyson himself.

If you are aware of an eligible, potential member who would like to join the group, please contact us to express an interest by emailing Andy.Mitchell@data.org.uk. We will then send you details of the simple application process which includes compiling a short presentation and conducting an online interview

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