ID&T:WM - Opportunities for 2017/18 available

Published 17th July 2017

It has been a busy few weeks for the iD&T:WM schools.  Our final twilight session of the academic year focussed on curriculum planning; with an emphasis on Key Stage 4 and setting up local networks.  Moving forward, our schools will be starting to develop networks with their local schools; sharing the work they have done during the year, and building communities of practice.  If you are based in the West Midlands and would like to be part of this, please let us know.  

All of the iD&T:WM schools had the opportunity to attend two full-day CPD sessions, with an emphasis on Digital Technologies.

Steve Cox ran a course on Autodesk Fusion 360.  This was a practical session which gave delegates an introduction to the software with plenty of advice and support on how to introduce and use the software back in school. 

The following day Pete Maguire ran a session on VEX robotics.  Another hands-on session, we had the opportunity to complete one of the VEX Robotics competition activities, before spending time programming and trialling the robots to complete a simple task.  Participants had the opportunity to see how robotics could be introduced into schools via the competition, but also the ways in which VEX could be used effectively in the classroom.

Congratulations to two iD&T:WM schools who had a finalist each in the Midlands Final of Young Fashion Designer UK 2017 competition. Southam College had a runner up in the GCSE category with Wolverhampton High School for Girls taking first place in the same category. Congratulations to teachers Hayley Gooding and Sancha Wood for supporting their students to achieve such high standards.

Finally, we were delighted to see teachers from Coundon Court and Handsworth Grammar at the D&T Association Summer School last week.  The two-days provided opportunities to find out more about the new GCSE specifications and technical awards; as well as a wide range of CPD session ranging from curriculum planning to a concrete masterclass, from programmable control to fabric design and construction.

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