2018 D&T Summer School Success at De Montfort University

Published 9th July 2018

We have spent months planning the 2018 Design & Technology Summer School which ran on the 5th and 6th July from the state of the art facilities of De Montfort University, Leicester.

Special thanks go out to De Montfort University in Leicester for opening their doors to us, the facilities and support throughout has been fantastic. Events like this remind us why we all teach Design and Technology! Teachers get fired up with inspiration to take back into the classroom.

This year again, we ran a logistically challenging, extremely relevant and highly practical two-day Summer School. We welcomed back a number of returning workshop presenters and a large number of new and fresh faces who showed themselves to be incredibly inspiring trainers. These fantastic people either work as design and technology teachers, currently teaching full time in school or university lecturers, independent consultants and representatives from the awarding organisations. We could not have created such a fabulous agenda for the delegates without these people.

With over 200 teachers, presenters, consultants and educational suppliers in attendance over the two days, it was once again an event full of positive feeling and inspiration, which promoted valuable learning and teacher networking.

Day one began with a welcome from our new CEO, Tony Ryan who outlined the vision for the subject and the Association. This was followed by a keynote from Ian Hosking from The University of Cambridge, co-founder and co-leader of Designing Our Tomorrow.

Day two keynote was delivered by Chris Fairhead, Chairman of Bloodhound: From Primary to PhD with information on the background of Bloodhound SSC, an iconic British project attempting to move the World Land Speed record onto 1,000 mph.

During the course of the two days delegates attended morning and afternoon workshops, some had input from the awarding organisations. Workshops ran consecutively and focused on food safety with Tracey Goodyere, offered top tips for product design in the classroom with Tom Corker, gave help on how to extend the use of your laser cutter with Les Porter. Others showed how to create a conducive environment for D&T in your school with Dave Bausor and Jo Chidgey and looked at sustainability in the textile industry with Emma Wood and Claire Lerpiniere.

Further workshops covered topics such as Grade 9 meat and fish skills with Scott Bradley, being a D&T teacher is like playing a game of monopoly with Jenny Dhami, how to benefit from a STEM style approach to learning with Thomas Walland, STEM clubs and drone flying with David Hainsworth, design challenges with crumble with Joseph Birks. Kerry Truman brought back his fabulous concrete session which he delivered twice over the two days.

There were many other notable workshops which ran throughout the two days giving teachers the opportunity to try new things and get their hands dirty: Jon Martlew embedded D&T theory into engaging and practical learning experiences, Richard Brett and Bren Hellier, delivered bioplastics and showed delegates how to embed this into the curriculum, John Donnelly delivered the full monty (from idea to output) to great acclaim. Paul Woodward delivered two inspiring workshops covering how to deliver a 7-year A level in D&T and another on CAD and 3D modelling and rendering as an element of the iterative design process. There were many more not mentioned but for an overall feel of the event download the agenda and take a look. You may be interested for next year.

Teachers were given the opportunity to chat to exhibitors throughout and attend a prosecco and canapes networking evening on Thursday.

Picking on comments on feedback sheets for workshops

"the best CPD that I have ever attended"

"so many great ideas to take away"

"it was the best workshop I've been to in years!"

"Relevance to real life teaching situations"

Again a special thank you also to our exhibitors, Eduqas, Edexcel, AQA, OCR, Rapid Education and Vex Robotics, Axminster, Denford, Bloodhound, IET, Boxford, Wool4School, Tilgear, Techsoft, Technical Supplies - an event like this does not happen without you!


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