Designed and Made in Britain? Campaigning for D&T in Schools

Published 3rd December 2015

Campaigning for D&T

Design and Technology in English schools is under pressure. Government accountability measures are distorting the curriculum and limiting the opportunity for young people to study practical, creative and technical subjects. In primary schools the focus on English and maths leaves very limited time for all other subjects and in secondary schools the Ebacc, Progress 8 and the latest ‘Ebacc for all’ proposals threaten to marginalise D&T in many schools.

The National Curriculum was introduced in 1989. England and Wales were the first countries in the world to establish Design and Technology as a statutory entitlement for all pupils. It is ironic that whilst our achievements in D&T education are seen as world-leading and worthy of replication in other countries, they come under repeated question in the UK.

"Design and Technology is a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical, its the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in Maths and Science - directly preparing them for a career in engineering. Policy-makers must recognise D&T's significance and strive not just to preserve it, but to make sure it appeals to the brightest of young minds" - Sir James Dyson, founder of the Dyson company and Paron of the D&T Association

The D&T Association works on behalf of our 10,000 members and all those involved in D&T teaching and learning. We believe immediate and co-ordinated action is required by Government, awarding organisations, employers and the D&T community itself. In September we will be launching a campaign to ensure this important subject, and our world lead, is retained and developed for the benefit of future generations of young people.

Look out for the launch of our Designed and Made in Britain … ? campaign this September and encourage colleagues who are not members of the Association to join and make our voice stronger.

In the meantime join us in supporting 'Bacc for the Future' by filling in and signing the petition to help save the future of creativity in schools!

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