New training facility in Banbury

Published 7th July 2021

The Association has set up a new training facility in its Banbury office to provide a safe and secure space for teachers, consultants and technicians, and a welcoming space for D&T group meetings.

The room has been furnished and resourced with the help from the kind people at Nortek, who have provided the furniture, Create Education who have loaned a 3D printer, Janome who are sending a sewing machine, Hue who have donated a visualiser and Mayku who provided a vacuum former. We are very grateful for their generous support.

The facility offers a welcoming classroom-based room with workbenches, desks and breakout seating, equipped with plenty of design and technology resources and equipment.

Sited in the heart of the country, just two minutes from the M40, and with easy rail links the venue allows us to keep our costs to a minimum and therefore deliver face-to-face training and support at rates schools can afford.

We will continue to offer the virtual training that has become so popular in recent months, but this new facility aims to inspire attending teachers who are able to meet up in person as and when we are able to provide a more direct service.

July training
The first training events were held in July, beginning with nine Health and Safety trainers covering Core H&S. This was followed by Primary Subject Leadership covering curriculum planning, monitoring and evaluation, tools, equipment and materials, leading staff CPD and assessment.

Up and coming training
Courses this term in Banbury include:
• 20th September Planning and Preparing for a ‘Deep Dive’ in Secondary D&T
• 11th October - Level 2 Food Safety CIEH & SFHS
• 18th October Primary D&T Subject Leadership
• 7th December - Getting your D&T Primary curriculum ready for a deep dive
• 10th December - Level 2 Food Safety CIEH & SFHS

Book early for this Autumn, there are fewer spaces available due to smaller group numbers so courses will fill up quickly.

Details of where to find us are on the website at

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