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Lego, engineering, Tenner Challenge, spacesuits & handbags

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There has been no blog for the last two weeks as things have been so busy but it is back this week with one final one to round off the year. 

I hope everyone has a well earned break and that a few of the ideas in the newsletter, along with those on mFacebook page which will continue over the break, save you a bit of preparation time for the New Year. 

‘Like’ my Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out on free resources over the holiday.



Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Inspiration What has inspired the design of this shop sign? What other inspiration could you use to redesign the sign to create a different image?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 

Did you see my Facebook over the last few weeks?

This week’s Facebook updates have included: 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Lego

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With Christmas on the horizon Lego is an iconic toy that has stood the test of time and no doubt it will feature in lots of stockings on Christmas Day. Why not start the new term focusing on this popular iconic product and its origins?

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If you are in the Northampton area visit the Brick City exhibition of Lego models at The Harley Gallery made by Warren Elmore to recreate the world’s favourite buildings (until 10th Jan 2016). Find out more at http://www.harleygallery.co.uk

http://goo.gl/rwNC8u - the history of Lego

http://goo.gl/kmfV7w - Click on the side bar menu on the page to find out more about Lego’s social responsibility ambitions.

http://goo.gl/T8x81K - an article about a pair of ‘foot protectors’  being given away by Lego with selected sales in France that are supposedly designed to protect your feet against the painful problem of stepping on a piece of Lego. I’m not convinced these are significantly different from any ordinary pair of slippers but it is a fun way of looking at real design problems and solutions. 


Engineering Statistics

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Take a look at these statistics on engineering and STEM. D&T may be the poor relation but it is still part of STEM so these figures apply to us as well! The information is on a webpage but it would be easy to make them into a promotional poster. If you are a textiles specialist don't forget engineering and STEM includes textiles - if you aren't sure how, and how STEM in textiles can be both creative and arty as well as being technical, come on one of my courses! You can see the full version of the poster at http://goo.gl/XZPExj (via @EngineeringUK).


GCSE Update

The date for the release of the draft specifications by the exam boards has been put back until 18th May which is disappointingly late in the year, particularly as these still won’t be the final versions. At the moment it is predicted the final versions won’t be available until the end of the summer term at the earliest. Find out more about key dates on the D&T Association website at https://goo.gl/YqNu7s


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Look out for new course dates in the Spring term in the newsletter after Christmas. If there are any particular courses you would like to see added the calendar contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

The Tenner Enterprise Challenge 

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The Tenner Challenge is for young people aged 11-19 who want a taste of what it is like to be an entrepreneur. As well as being an enterprise challenge the competition focuses on how young people can make a difference in society in some way. Entrants are given £10 to kick start their business enterprise and students then have 4 weeks to make a profit. There are online resources to guide students and to help teachers structure lessons. At the end of the challenge students pay back their £10 but keep the profits they earn for use within school or they can donate them to charity. Students record their progress in log books which are entered for judging and overall winners are chosen based on innovation, the journey travelled and social conscience.  Schools have to register by 26th February and the challenge itself takes place between 22nd February and 18th March. This project would suit a tutor group activity, an enterprise challenge, as well as being suitable for some D&T lessons. Even if your students can’t take part in the actual competition this idea might be great inspiration for setting up a similar project in school. 

For more information visit http://www.tenner.org.uk



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

In The News: Spacesuits

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With British astronaut Tim Peake making history by becoming the first UK astronaut to go into space this is a great opportunity to look at the high tech textiles design used in spacesuits. The NASA website has some great resources including videos, interactive games (for younger students), galleries of images as well as lots of background information on the suits themselves. Visit http://go.nasa.gov/1MeHKHC


Handbags 

Take a look at these bag designs which are great for quick product analysis activities focusing on user needs and the functionality of products: 

http://www.wolffepack.com - Clever backpack design that allows you to access the contents of your bag without removing it 

http://lat56.com - Suitcases, suit bags & a variety of other travel bags made by a Scottish company to meet the needs of the modern traveller. The signature armour look on the outside is also reflected in the products ability to withstand wear and tear due to the high tech materials the bags and cases are made from. In particular the garment carry on bag is worth a look as it claims that the design means garments don’t crease in the bag.

http://goo.gl/fWv1Kq - Vogue’s 'Hall of Fame’ for handbags including iconic designs by Chanel, Fendi, Balenciaga, and many others

http://goo.gl/VPNFpe - A social enterprise project from South Africa that uses plastic bags to make reflective school bags that turn into lights when it goes dark enabling children from homes without electricity to study at night (via Phil Sutcliffe on the JambleD&T Facebook group)

http://bit.ly/1UqR0iv - A minimalist wallet that allows you to carry lots of credit cards, cash, and a key in a wallet with a slim profile that gives easy access to everything you need. 

http://bit.ly/1LmDOsT - A high tech wallet that has inbuilt tracking so you don’t lose it and can find it if it is stolen, which messages you when someone else is accessing it, and which includes an electronic key and auto payments. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

An introduction to A level Product Design Textiles 
9th January 2016 10am - 4pm SATURDAY COURSE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27 January 2016, Liverpool 
12 March 2016, Nottingham SATURDAY COURSE

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 
6th February 2016, Nottingham
 SATURDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
27 February 2016, Parsons Green, London SATURDAY COURSE
Includes free set of 11 A2 posters on designing & making in textiles

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


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All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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Careers posters, concept cars, Christmas tree revision, & e-textiles

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The shops are going mad for Black Friday so I thought I might as well join in! I will be launching my latest FREE resource via my Facebook page on Friday 27th November. The resource will only be available via the link on my Facebook page and it will only be available until Sunday 13th December. 

The resource consists of 28 #ThinkDo activities, 20 that are relevant across D&T generally and 8 textiles specific ones, and includes instructions on how the cards might be used. This is the second set of #ThinkDo cards I have given away and these cards are all different to the previous ones. Many of the cards have appeared on my Facebook page this half term but there are a couple that have not been featured. Even if you have been downloading each card as it has appeared on Facebook you still might want to take a look at this resource as the cards are presented in a PowerPoint presentation which makes them easy to find, print or add into a lesson presentation. 

‘Like’ my Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out on this free resource when it is released


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Revision Industrial overlocker. What does this machine do that makes it different to an ordinary sewing machine? Where might it be used on a textiles product?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 


Did you see my Facebook page this week?

This week’s Facebook updates have included: 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Careers Posters

Following on from the free engineering posters I mentioned in last week’s blog take a look at these careers posters. Unfortunately they aren’t free but they are fairly reasonably priced and are a good solution if you are looking for a quick display. There are a range of individual career areas as well as a poster for D&T as a whole and you can buy individual posters or a set. You can also choose from A3 or A2 sizes or go for a large scale banner. Visit http://www.careercharts.co.uk for more information. 


The Car Industry

I have mentioned the BMW's ‘Gina' before but it has recently been featuring in the news again. The concept car has a body made of a flexible, stretchable, water resistant, translucent, man-made polyurethane coated spandex fabric which is stretched over a flexible aluminium wire frame which can change shape. The car is designed to challenge the traditional ideas behind what a car looks like and how it is made. 

Watch the original video from 2008 http://bit.ly/1GtvzJ2

More recent publicity for the car on the BMW website including how the concept car has influenced current car design http://bit.ly/1lke4Dh (via Abbie Joanne)

More from BMW on how the auto industry is having to be more innovative in how cars are manufactured with the growth of automation alongside new environmental standards. http://goo.gl/EEA07I

Renault concept car and how the company use unusual approaches to design to investigate new developments for the future http://bit.ly/1OtSuWB


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool FINAL WEEK TO BOOK THIS DATE
Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Revision Ideas 

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The shops have been decorated with Christmas decorations for quite a while now and it is common to see unusual decorations, including upside down Christmas trees and dresses made out of Christmas tree branches. The photo on the right shows one of these in a local shop near me. For textiles teachers this is a great Christmas themed design activity. 

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With revision for mock exams taking place in many schools why not put your Christmas tree to good use as a revision tool? Get students to make revision based decorations with keywords or exam questions. Luggage tags are good for writing and drawing onto if you don’t want students to waste time drawing Christmas shaped tags. Alternatively decorate the tree with keywords, or exam answers and then give students definitions or exam questions and get them to find the matching pair. If you don’t have space for a full Christmas tree try hanging a smaller one off a wall or door. 

On the theme of revision I have mentioned Wilkos range of revision cards before and I spotted a new one this week in the form of an index card folder. It consists of a set of cue cards stored in an A6 sized wallet that includes a flap on the inside front cover and a set of page dividers. At £1 it is good value for students to buy or as prizes, or why not use it as the inspiration for students to make their own folder, either as part of D&T revision or during tutor time. 

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Want more ideas like this? Looking for a course on exam technique? There is an A level textiles course on 7th December (Nottingham) and a GCSE textiles one on 27th January in Liverpool, and 12th March (which is Saturday) in Nottingham. Although these are textiles specific courses there will be lots of information and ideas that will be useful to take back to school for use in other areas of D&T. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

E-textiles: Designing the Future

When I first read about Cute Circuit’s collaboration with Easy Jet to create uniforms with integrated LEDs and wearable technology I thought it was a publicity stunt. It seems, however, that the uniforms are real and are to be introduced in 2016 on a trial basis. 

The uniforms have LEDs on the shoulders and hems to give additional lighting in an emergency, as well as LEDs on the lapels to display information such as flight numbers and destinations, along with built in microphones that will make it easier for the crew to communicate with each other and passengers. Not to be outdone engineers will also get jacket hoods with LEDs to provide hands free illumination, and integrated air quality sensors to help monitor the environment they work in. The design of the cabin crew uniform does look a bit more like something out of a bad 80s space programme, but the engineers jackets are actually quite cool. 

This would make a great discussion point to get students to think about the functionality of e-textiles along with discussions on how well designed the uniform is, and what types of design restrictions Cute Circuit might have faced when working on the garments. This might also be a good homework or lesson activity with students designing wearables for users in different roles such as the police, fire fighters and anyone else who has to wear a uniform. 

http://www.ecouterre.com/?p=109057 Easy Jet electronics uniform

Something else to look at is Project Jacquard which is a project by Google weaving conductive yarn into fabrics. The ultimate aim is to integrate integrating computing into materials and clothing. http://goo.gl/NwXDU3 (via Kate Findley).

Our current students will be the wearables designers of the future and it important our curriculum increasingly reflects this to kick start their interest. Find out more about how to introduce e-textiles into your curriculum at the FREE 2 day course I am running at the STEM Centre in York on 11th and 12th December (the course and accommodation is free if you work in a state funded school). The application process is just a form to fill in and if you get accepted onto the course you automatically get the bursary so there is no risk your school will end up out of pocket. Student teachers can also apply by booking through their placement school. There’s not long left to book, and it’s not often you get something for nothing so take a look at the details at https://goo.gl/FkVPF8


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 3 places left - final week to book

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
9 Dec, Nottingham
Not long left to book

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

An introduction to A level Product Design Textiles 
9th January 2016 10am - 4pm NEW SATURDAY COURSE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27 January 2016, Liverpool 
12 March 2016, Nottingham NEW SATURDAY COURSE

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 
6th February 2016, Nottingham 
NEW SATURDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
27 February 2016, Parsons Green, London NEW SATURDAY COURSE
Includes free set of 11 A2 posters on designing & making in textiles

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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Free engineering posters, Design Museum competition, & raising the profile of textiles

Last weekend we had a great time at the STEM Centre in York working with a group of textiles teachers learning about technical textiles. The two day course included a fabulous visit to Leeds university and loads of hands on practical activities in the science lab. And it was all for FREE! Delegates were able to apply for an Enthuse bursary which paid for both the course and accommodation costs. This course will take place again on 1st and 2nd July 2016. For more information visit https://goo.gl/g1pLHw and to see photos from the two days by visiting http://on.fb.me/1QQ9Cs5

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Don’t forget there is also a FREE course on e-textiles and basic programming coming up on 11th and 12th December at the STEM Centre. Although the focus is e-textiles the course might also be of interest to anyone interested in learning about teaching the electronics and programming elements of the KS3 curriculum. For more information visit https://goo.gl/FkVPF8


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Revision The mountains on this can change colour when the can is cold. What keywords might be used to describe this?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 


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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Free Engineering Posters

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If you are looking for something to promote D&T, whether it be as part of option evenings or open days, or just as part of a general display to raise the profile of D&T, take a look at these free A1 engineering posters. They cover a range of D&T material areas. Visit http://goo.gl/FF1obo




Design Museum Competition 

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Competitions are a great way of motivating students, and they can also be a good way of raising the profile of D&T, whether entries are winners or not. The Design Museum currently has a competition with two age categories; 14-16 and 17-19 and the brief is ‘Changing lives: Travel migration and mobility’. Students have to submit three A3 design sheets that cover visual research, initial ideas and design development, and a final concept. Even if you decide not to enter students into the competition the brief is a useful focus to set as an classroom activity or homework. For more information on the competition and the brief visit https://goo.gl/d9FGsT (closing date 15th January 2016)


D&T: A Subject Worth Fighting For! 

At the moment it feels like there is always some sort of campaign or consultation going on and it can feel overwhelming when we are being asked to fill in various forms and petitions. It is important, however, that we don’t just sit back and ignore them. I know many people feel their voice doesn’t make a difference but it often does when people work together as a group. Also, we should celebrate the fact that we are able voice our opinions, and if we don’t voice our thoughts we shouldn’t moan if we get something we don’t like!

  • Take a look at the consultation document for the EBacc and submit your views (closing date 29th January 2016) https://goo.gl/CN8GQG. Remember you don’t have to fill in the whole form and can just note down your overall concerns if you wish. 
  • If the impact of the EBacc concerns you sign the petition . This takes just seconds to do at http://www.baccforthefuture.com/sign-the-petition.html (see the D&T Association response to the EBacc at https://goo.gl/zYaAKv)
  • You might already have seen the D&T Association’s 'Designed and Made in Britain…?’ campaign, but if not, visit https://goo.gl/UGyjIV to find out more, and to find out what you can do to support the campaign. Your support could be something as simple as clicking on the ‘support the campaign button on the above link (which takes just seconds). Alternatively the pages lists other actions you can take including template letters to send to your MP. Why not consider doing this as a department?


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
7 Dec Liverpool
16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Nominate A Colleague For An Award

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Do you have a fantastic D&T colleague who deserves nominating for an award? Why not nominate them for a D&T Association Excellence Award? There are a range of categories and you don’t have to be a member of the Association to nominate or be nominated. It is an excellent way to recognise the work of a colleague as well as being a big boost to a department generally. I have nominated a number of colleagues over the last few years, some of whom have gone on to win an award, including Sally Beeston, from Groby Community College in Leicestershire, who was one of the winners from last year. It really is worth the effort and just to be nominated is a fantastic way of recognising someone’s hard work even if they aren’t selected as a winner. Visit https://goo.gl/By03Mi for more details.


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Raising The Profile Of Textiles 

With lots of change on the horizon for all of D&T it is natural that teachers feel wary about what lies ahead. It is important that all D&T teachers focus on raising the profile of D&T and as textiles is my specialism this is something I am always particularly interested in. I have previously mentioned The Alliance Report which aims to showcase how the textiles industry is growing and that it is not the dying industry many perceive it as. This week I attended a free event organised by The Alliance Project and the National Careers Service at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, where the aim of the event was to start a discussion about how education and the textiles industry can work together. The plan is for other events will take place in the future so keep a look out for these in 2016 especially if you are in the Greater Manchester and Liverpool area where there will be a particular focus on events. Take a look at more pictures of the event at http://on.fb.me/1MXCKHS

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One of the discussion points of the evening was the misconceptions about the textiles industry. This point is also reflected in a video shared by Jill Lesbirel on the Textile Teachers Centre Facebook group. The video by Vogue, featuring Alexa Chung, is an hour long but is also split into 6 shorter blocks. 

As well as focusing on how the industry is perceived in the wrong way, it also mentions careers and job roles. It is very fashion focused, and there is limited information on newer technologies (and you should watch it first as there is a small amount of bad language) but it has a good, positive message. It includes people like Paul Smith saying there is more to fashion than just being a designer, along with lots of great male and female role models. To watch the video visit http://goo.gl/Fmjfvd

If you are looking for a course that focuses on raising the profile of textiles in school, including how textiles fits into the new KS4 curriculum, there is one on 9th December.


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 3 places left

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
9 Dec, Nottingham 
5 places left

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

An introduction to A level Product Design Textiles 

9th January 2016 10am - 4pm NEW SATURDAY COURSE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27 January 2016, Liverpool 
12 March 2016, Nottingham NEW SATURDAY COURSE

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 
6th February 2016, Nottingham 
NEW SATURDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
27 February 2016, Parsons Green, London NEW SATURDAY COURSE
Includes free set of 11 A2 posters on designing & making in textiles

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

Click here to view a summary of blog resources indexed to help you find resources more easily  

To view other blogs I write on coaching, education & those interested in my work as a designer maker click on the links on the side bar




New D&T GCSE subject content released, competition prize presented & The Textiles Teacher Event is coming to London!

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The blog is a slightly different format this week as things are very busy with courses, so there’s been no time for me to research the variety of links I normally do. I'm hoping to get things back on track for next week’s blog. 

Don’t forget when the blog goes quiet because I am busy I am generally still adding lots of links and free resources to my Facebook and Twitter pages so keep an eye on those. A few of the resources from Facebook over the last few weeks are included below. I'm also planning to release a new free resource soon which will be posted on Facebook, so that’s another reason to keep an eye on it. 


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

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New Subject Content for D&T Released

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It has been a week with lots of documents and information relating to the subject content for the new GCSE being released. It can get a bit confusing with all the different documents so here are the links all summarised below. Don’t forget that although the subject content is now official we won’t know the exact detail until we get the exam board specifications and much will depend on their interpretation of things. 

https://goo.gl/cwIxzZ - the subject content document

https://goo.gl/YZKsJV - a summary of the consultation 

https://goo.gl/CWmllG - information on how the new subject content will be assessed

https://goo.gl/ZtgvOs - press release from DFE 

https://goo.gl/zZdJgG - D&T Association page with comments on the new content

We have run a number of courses this week that have included information on the new GCSE curriculum along with how departments might approach the changes. If you would like similar courses adding to the course calendar for the Spring term email julie@julieboyd.co.uk. If you are looking for a course that includes how textiles fits into the new curriculum there is one on 9th December.


Textiles Competition Prizes Presented & a New Competition is on its Way!

As well as being busy with courses I have been delivering the prize for my competition to the winning school and updating all the details on my website. It was a real pleasure to meet Gail Rawlins, textiles teacher at Cornwallis Academy, along with her student Phoebe Aldrich, and to hand over the prizes. To see more about the presentation of the prize, including a short video of Phoebe and her teacher talking about the competition click here.

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I have also had it confirmed that Husqvarna Viking and Coles Sewing Centre in Nottingham will be sponsoring a prize for the next competition. This will be a HClass 100 sewing machine that normally retails at around £300. This prize will be for the winning school with the winning student also receiving a separate prize. Details will follow as soon as all the details are organised. 


The Textiles Teacher Event is Going on the Road!

I have had lots of people ask if I could run The Textiles Teacher Event in London so we are now taking it on the road! In fact the name has changed to reflect this and it is now known as The Textiles Teacher Roadshow! 

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Tammy Mitchell, who came to the Nottingham event, generously offered to host the day in her fabulous D&T rooms at Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green in London on Saturday 27th February. The cost is £42 which is a huge discount compared to the usual course costs. Despite the price, the day will still be a full day course with the usual high quality content we offer in our full price day courses. There will also be a free resource giveaway for anyone who attends. To find out more about the event, the free resource giveaway, where the venue is, and to book the day click here

I am also considering running the event in the Manchester / Liverpool area so if your school are interested in hosting it let me know. We would need a venue with good transport links, a classroom with at least 20 sewing machines as well as a separate room for another 25 teachers (but this can be a non specialist room). Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 4 places left

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham 
5 places left

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

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An introduction to A level Product Design Textiles 
9th January 2016 10am - 4pm NEW SATURDAY COURSE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27 January 2016, Liverpool 
12 March 2016, Nottingham NEW SATURDAY COURSE

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A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 
6th February 2016, Nottingham 
NEW SATURDAY COURSE

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The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
27 February 2016, Parsons Green, London NEW SATURDAY COURSE


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


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Inclusive design, assessment without levels, Thinsulate & sleeping bags

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Half term is on the horizon and I hope everyone has a relaxing break after the first half term of the new academic year. The newsletter will take a break over the half term period but don’t forget to ‘like' my Facebook page to get your fix of weekly freebies!

Over half term I will be presenting the prize for my textiles competition to Gail Rawlins, the teacher of Phoebe Aldrich from Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone, who was the winning student. Runner up prizes, including prizes for second and third place, along with 8 ‘highly commended’ and 9 ‘merits’ have also been awarded, and prizes for these are going in the post over the next few days. Photos of the presentation, as well as photos of the winners, and some of the other 250 entries, will be on the website soon. 


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Product Microfibre cleaning cloths. What is a Microfibre? Why are they particularly suitable for cleaning cloths? What else might microfibres be used for in addition to cleaning cloths?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 




Did you see my Facebook page this week?

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Inclusive Design

Focusing on inclusive design is a great way of getting students to understand more about users and user needs. Check out the following links and resources on this area:

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http://on.fb.me/1jDjybh - #ThinkDo card on a big button phone for the hard of hearing

http://goo.gl/b9XpmK - Lugs, cool hearing aids for children 

http://www.reallyusefulthings.com - range of inclusive design products that make everyday products easier to use (via Peter Sach on the Design & Technology Teachers Facebook group) 

http://meru.org.uk - inclusive design for children and young people (via Peter Sach as above)

http://goo.gl/938QgT - making fashion more accessible for wheelchair users (via Tobias Clack on the Design & Technology Teachers Facebook group)


642 Things to Draw 

This is an interesting book idea, if for no other reason than the fact it is £11.99 for what in effect is a book full of blank pages! Each page has one or more headings accompanied by blank space with the idea that the reader draws the product alongside the label. Some of the products the book asks the reader to draw are  are; the Olympics, a box of tissues, a balloon animal, a spiral bound notebook, a salt shaker, a crab apple, a golf ball, cutlery and a Q-tip. There are a number of other books in the series including others on drawing, and ones on photography and writing. Who would have thought a book full of blank pages would be so popular! This would be a great idea to adapt for D&T homeworks, perhaps with additional activities on developing products to build in differentiation.

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Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD  7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date) 5 places left

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Assessment Without Levels 

Assessment without levels has been with us for a while but for many schools this is still work in progress. The DfE recently released a report on Assessment Without Levels, along with two short explanatory videos, all of which aim to reassure schools about exactly what might make a good assessment system. 

In particular the report and videos recommend schools don’t try and second guess what they think Ofsted wants, but instead focus on developing systems that underpin curriculum activities, which are useful to teachers and students, which impact on learning, and which don’t take up too much time.  Large amounts of data and paperwork are discouraged, and systems personalised to the needs of individual schools are seen as better than everyone doing the same thing. 

To see the full report visit https://goo.gl/cb51XN. This is a lengthy document but it’s worth a quick look if you want to see quite a bit of detail on the key points to consider when developing systems that assess progress. 

These short videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7whb8dOk5Q and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wifv5uy2YUo summarise many of the key points of the document and are a good starting point if you have little time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDYjF_bQy4Q - I have featured this video before but it is worth a look if you didn’t see it when it came out in 2014. It is quite long but gives a good explanation as to why levels have been removed. 

If you are looking for a course that includes effective assessment without levels systems take a look at the course in Watford on 6th November (New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T ) and one in Nottingham on 9th November (Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding).


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Thinsulate 

Those of you who attended The Textiles Teacher Event at the beginning of October might recognise Thinsulate as a polyethylene fibre. Here are some links to add to the resources you took away on the day. If you weren’t able to get to the event I am hoping to run the event again in early 2016 in London so watch this space!

http://bit.ly/1Ms7K2J - short video that shows the Grand Trunk sleeping bag in use. This uses Thinsulate as a way of reducing weight and bulk whilst still providing lots of warmth in extreme conditions. The sleeping bag is also worth a look to see how it is designed, with a mummy shape design, insulated hood, draft collar, internal and external zips, as well as a design that can be integrated into a hammock. 

http://goo.gl/9RLnsZ - the 3M website with information on the properties of Thinsulate and the range of products it is used for.


Sleeping Bags

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Why not set a homework task on sleeping bags using the Grand Trunk sleeping bag and these other links below as a focus. Students could consider both the serious side of sleeping bags e.g. how they are designed to keep us warm, whilst also thinking about more humorous designs. 

http://www.selkbagusa.com - sleepwear systems that are part sleeping bag and part onesie! The website includes a range of Superhero versions! 

http://www.architecturendesign.net/?p=26832 - a range of slightly weird sleeping bag designs (check the link out first as there are a couple of really odd ones!!)


New GCSE Revision Course

I have had a number of requests to run the GCSE revision course that ran earlier in the term in the Liverpool area. Following on from these requests this course has been added to the course calendar for 27th January 2016. Visit  'GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam' for more information. 

There is also a course on A level revision techniques on 7th December in Nottingham.  I would be happy to run this course in the Liverpool area in the New Year if there is sufficient demand so let me know if this is something you might be interested in. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   
3rd November, Nottingham 5 places left

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 4 places left

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham 
5 places left

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27th January 2015, Liverpool NEW COURSE


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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Silicone wedding rings, using Pinterest, & engineered textiles

It was a crazy week last week because of The Textiles Teacher Event on Saturday and I ran out of time to do my weekly blog but things are back to normal this week. 

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Although The Textiles Teacher Event is a huge amount of work, it was a fantastic day and well worth it with 40 teachers celebrating everything textiles. We considered how we can embrace the curriculum changes at KS3, 4 and 5, whilst still retaining the unique identity of textiles. There was lots of hands on activities, including STEM textiles and e-textiles, as well as prizes, displays, and time to network and chat. There will be more details about the event on the website soon but for now you can see a snapshot of the event on my Facebook page. The event was so popular we are considering repeating the event early next year in other areas of the country so watch this space! 


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Product Doggy Deli dog treats. What would you design? 

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 



Did you see my Facebook page this week?

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Useful Links

http://goo.gl/1XFLJi - ‘zippered’ flat material structures based on origami that create strong structures that fold away flat

http://goo.gl/R3JMHR - a digital clock that displays mathematical problems that need to be solved in order to find out the time

http://goo.gl/5bE3aZ - interesting article on how Pantone became the language of colour

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http://qalo.com - silicone wedding rings

http://goifetch.com - iFetch, a product that keeps your pet entertained by playing ‘fetch’ with it so you don’t have to!


Have you signed the Designed & Made in Britain Petition?

Have you signed the Designed and Made in Britain petition which aims to raise the profile of issues currently threatening D&T? 

The D&T community have been asked to respond to lots of consultations recently, and to fill in lots of forms, but we need to continue to fight for our subject. The petition literally takes just seconds to do. Visit http://svy.mk/1L1kKfJ

The campaign Facebook group is also a good way of keeping up to date with news on what is happening with the campaign. 

See the video about the campaign at http://bit.ly/1jdqNae 

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Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 5 places left  FINAL WEEK TO BOOK

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD  7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date) 5 places left

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

Have you Discovered Pinterest Yet?

If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet add it to your ‘to do’ list to investigate it! It is a brilliant D&T tool, and if you and your students are able to access it in school, it is a great T&L tool as well. 

Pinterest gives you the ability to ‘pin’ images from the internet and add them to an online filing system which you can access at any time. Just like a filing cabinet you can store pins in folders, and you can label the images with reminders and notes. The image is saved into your folder along with the weblink where it came from. 

Pinterest is a useful tool for saving images, a bit like an online moodboard, but as the original weblink is saved it is also a useful research tool which gives you the ability to collate a range of information on a topic. You can ‘follow’ people, which means you can see the pins they share, and this can save you lots of time when searching for useful pins. You can also keep things private so that only you can see your boards. 

Take a look at these 9 ways of using Pinterest in your classroom https://wp.me/p4BuTC-8a5 

Take a look at my Pinterest boards which include a range of D&T focus areas as well as teaching and learning folders



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Textiles and Rugby 

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England might be out of the rugby but that doesn’t stop us from using it as an ‘in the news’ starter, lesson activity or homework. 

One of my recent #ThinkDo cards focused on promotional products produced for the World Cup and the links below are also useful for further research:

http://blog.rugbystore.co.uk/?p=1957 - technology used in the rugby World Cup jerseys

http://goo.gl/LyG12U - evolution of the rugby kit

http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/ball.htm - history of the rugby ball


Textiles, Fashion and Engineering

With the curriculum changes, and the Designed and Manufactured in Britain campaign, there is lots of mention of engineering around at the moment. Lots of people don’t link textiles to engineering, including many textiles teachers themselves. Engineering is, however, a key part of key part of textiles and a is something we teach every day even if we don’t realise it. Fibre development, fabric construction, fabric properties, fabric choice, fabric testing, dyeing, smart and modern textiles, and performance wear are just a few of the textiles engineering areas that make up a textile teacher’s day. 

We need to educate others about these strong links between textiles and engineering to encourage them to value textiles as being more than just a bunch of girls sewing! 

This week there was an interesting short article on the part engineering plays in fashion, and how the engineering community are missing a trick on engaging girls in particular. The article is great to show to any engineers who think fashion and textiles isn’t linked to engineering, as well as being a good reminder to textiles teachers that fashion and engineering go hand in hand. http://wp.me/p6Kbi2-CD

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If you still aren’t convinced of the links between fashion, textiles and engineering visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website and type ‘fashion’ or ‘textiles’ into their search bar. Also do the same on the Tomorrow’s Engineers and Future Morph websites (and visit the dedicated textiles and fashion page on the last website at http://www.futuremorph.org/?p=3115)

There is also an engineering and fashion poster to download at https://goo.gl/k6LWXu 

Why not use this list of 77 different roles in the fashion and textiles industry, many of which combine creativity and engineering, to showcase all the different roles in textiles beyond the most commonly known role of designer http://goo.gl/QNNSyC?

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Many people also assume that textiles engineering can’t be creative but if you were at The Textiles Teacher Event you will have seen otherwise! If you want to get a better understanding of textiles engineering and how you can use it creatively in your classroom take a look at the FREE 2 day courses running at the STEM Centre in York  (smart and modern materials on 13th & 14th November and e-textiles and basic programming on 11th & 12th December)


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   NEW DATE & VENUE

3rd November, Nottingham

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 
NEW COURSE

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

Click here to view a summary of blog resources indexed to help you find resources more easily  

To view other blogs I write on coaching, education & those interested in my work as a designer maker click on the links on the side bar

Designed & Made in Britain, thinking globally, & venue details for The Textiles Teacher Event

Things are really busy at the moment with lots of courses being delivered and planned.  Apologies for any delays in replying to queries but there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes! 

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In particular The Textiles Teacher Event is taking place in just over a week so finalising the arrangements is keeping me busy. The final judging of my competition has also been taking place so keep an eye on your emails if you entered as some of you will be getting some good news over the next couple of days! Details of winners and photos of some of the entries will be on the website soon. 

I have also been getting a new course ready to add to the calendar based on a request from a teacher. The course is an A level Product Design Textiles course focusing on exam technique and it will take place on 7th December in Nottingham. Dont forget if you would like a course to be considered for adding to the calendar email julie@julieboyd.co.uk


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Inspiration What has influenced the design of this product? What would you design?

 

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 



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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Designed & Made in Britain…?

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The D&T Association has launched a campaign called ‘Designed and Made in Britain…?’ to highlight the fact that D&T is critical to the UK’s future success. D&TA list one of the key elements of this campaign being about teachers playing their role by ‘taking every opportunity to publicise D&T and related careers, to parents, school management (including governors) and employers’. 

With this in mind it was with interest that I saw photos of a display that Marie Cook, a D&T teacher from Shoeburyness High School in Essex, has createdFilling a number of display boards, it is a fabulous permanent reminder to everyone that D&T is more than just about making products in school, and is an essential and diverse industry that makes a massive contribution to the UK’s standing across the world. Marie’s displays are an excellent example of showcasing both D&T and British design to pupils, parents, staff and the wider community. These types of displays help people understand what D&T is in the wider world and therefore help them value our subject more. They also dispel many of the myths that surround British design and manufacturing showing it to be the important industry it is.  

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Click here to see Marie’s photos on my Featured Schools page

Find out more about the ‘Design & Made in Britain…?' campaign at https://www.data.org.uk/campaign 

Why not start kick start your own display by setting a homework based on this theme. Here are some links to get you started:

http://makeitbritish.co.uk - great source of information on British brands and manufacturing 

http://www.great-british-designs.co.uk - products designed & made in the UK

http://goo.gl/6ITJUP - 25 great British designs

http://goo.gl/WrTKpb - article on 10 British product designers you should know

http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/node/3731 - 70 rising stars that the Design Council thinks represents the future of British Design


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 5 places left

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD  7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date) 5 places left

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

Thinking Globally 

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Much of the focus of this week’s blog is on the British design and manufacturing but this section of the blog considers the wider global dimension. I mentioned the world’s largest lesson in a previous blog. This aims to  raise awareness of global goals for sustainable development and as well as resources suitable for use across a range of subjects, including D&T, the website has resources that are useful for assemblies and tutor time. 

Another useful resource is the Global Dimension website which considers complex global issues and how they link to the lives of ordinary people. The site aims to help young people in particular understand their responsibilities as citizens of a wider global community. Just like the world’s biggest lesson website there are resources for a wide range of subjects, including D&T, as well as resources useful for tutor time. 



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

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British Textiles

Continuing on the Designed & Made in Britain….? theme here are some useful links that are just textiles related:

www.paulsmith.co.uk

www.viviennewestwood.com

http://goo.gl/AOMRyH - British brands worn by Kate Middleton 

https://uk.burberry.com - iconic British brand Burberry

http://goo.gl/5HJ3GI - 20 British interior designers

http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com - young British fashion designers

http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/Highlights - London Fashion Week finished this week, take a look at the highlights


Booked on The Textiles Teacher Event? Did You Get the Venue Details?

The Textiles Teacher Event is just over a week away! All 40 places have now gone but you can email me if you would like to be added to the reserves list. 

Information on how to get to the venue along with timings of the day etc. were emailed to delegates last week. If you haven't received the email check your spam / junk folders and if you still can't find it contact me and I will resend the information. 

You can also find details on how to get to the venue at http://goo.gl/QiNZ21. The things delegates need need to know about the day are:

  • There are 40 delegate, plus a separate event at the venue with the UK launch of a new Husqvarna Viking sewing machine, so allow plenty of time to park as it may be busy
  • The day starts at 10.30 promptly and ends at 3.15pm although if you wish to stay a little longer to ask questions you will be able to
  • Please bring some lunch with you. Tea & coffee will be available but note that with lots of delegates you may find it easier to bring a drink with you
  • You might find it useful to have a camera and notebook with you
  • You will take away a goodie bag which includes eleven A2 sized posters (which will be rolled up) so be prepared to carry these home
  • We will be using the large classroom space upstairs in the venue. Downstairs there is a large sewing shop so you might want to allow time in your day to browse. Delegates get 10% discount in the shop on the day of the event. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam LAST DAY TO BOOK 28th September, Nottingham    2 places left

The Textiles Teacher Event  Sat 3 October, Nottingham Sold out

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   2 places left
8th October, Watford

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   NEW DATE & VENUE

3rd November, Nottingham

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 
NEW COURSE

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 

Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 



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FREE courses, real life D&T, things we take for granted & 3D printed fashion

With tight school budgets anything free is always a bonus! Amazingly the STEM Centre in York run a number of completely FREE courses including two I will be leading towards the end of this term. They are both 2 day courses, and not only are the 2 days completely FREE, but your accommodation and meals are paid for, and you get heaps of resources to take away. There is no catch and all you have to do to get the courses for free is to apply for an Enthuse bursary (which is a form you have to fill in saying why you want to come on the course). 

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The first course I am running is on smart and modern materials in textiles and this takes place on 13th & 14th November. Click here for more details.

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The second course is on e-textiles and basic programming. Although it has a textiles bias it is also suitable for non specialists interested in delivering the electronics and programming elements at KS3. The course is on 11th & 12th December and you can find more details by clicking here. Don’t forget to look for the Enthuse bursary information to find out how to get the course and accommodation for free. 


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Inspiration Trim Phone from the 70s. What other 70s design icons can you name?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 



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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Real Life D&T

A big thank you to Vanessa McSween for letting me know about the Toyota 50th Anniversary magazine that has come out this week with some great examples of D&T being used in real life.  Called ’This Way’ you can download the Autumn 2015 magazine free from iTunes.  Articles include:

  • The Bigshot digital camera that comes as a self assembly kit for young children to put together so they understand the underlying science behind how a camera works
  • Toyota’s ‘safety sense’, a new set of safety technologies that Toyota say take safety to another standard. It uses a small camera and laser sensor on the inside of the windscreen  e.g. a pre-collision system, lane departure alert and automatic dipping of full beam headlights when there is oncoming traffic. 
  • Toyota concept cars from 1965 - 2015
  • Kirobo the robot who went to the International Space Station
  • An interactive page imagining a world where all cars are eco aware
  • A car that has thousands of colour combinations inside and out so you can create your own customised car
  • Visit  https://goo.gl/q1s9Fm for more information on the magazine


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London 5 places left & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 5 places left

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD  7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date) 7 places left

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Things We Take For Granted 

The Toyota ‘This way’ magazine that I mentioned in the section above also has a great set of short videos on things we take for granted; things that are there when we need them but which we only realise the value of when they are gone. The videos would make an interesting starting points for discussion with a tutor group and there are also a couple of videos that are D&T related. 

Visit  https://goo.gl/q1s9Fm for more information on the magazine

Useful quotes to use about things we take for granted http://goo.gl/u6uJbR

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26 things invented by NASA that we take for granted including the CAT scanner, dried food, LEDs, memory foam and solar energy http://goo.gl/CqP5Ih


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

The Textiles Teacher Event - 2 Weeks to Go!

With just over 2 weeks to go until The Textiles Teacher Event on October 3rd there are just 4 tickets left so book soon to avoid disappointment! Preparing the day is keeping me busy, including packaging up forty sets of free technical textiles posters that everyone who attends will take away. With eleven A2 sized posters in each set that’s a lot of posters to organise! For more about the event and to book the last few tickets visit http://goo.gl/IHWgj7

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3D Printed Fashion

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One of the things that will be on show at The Textiles Teacher Event is a 3D printer along with ideas on how this might be used in textiles. 

3D printing is attracting growing interest within the textiles industry and this article is about a designer who has used 3D printing to create an entire fashion collection even though she was unfamiliar with 3D printing before her collection began. See more about the collection at http://goo.gl/P0R1dO

http://3dprintingindustry.com/?p=35639 - see 3D printed fabrics designed by Bradley Rothenberg

http://www.irisvanherpen.com/home - Iris Van Herpen, a fashion designer who uses 3D printing


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham  3 places left

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
28th September, Nottingham    3 places left

The Textiles Teacher Event  Sat 3 October, Nottingham 36 tickets sold - only 4 left so book soon to avoid disappointment

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   Only 2 places left
8th October, Watford

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   NEW DATE & VENUE

3rd November, Nottingham

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


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Intelligent Zebra crossing, world’s largest lesson, Jeans for Genes, & an inspirational STEM day event

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In the summer term we started to investigate new venues following requests to run courses in other parts of the country. We discovered 2 great venues, one in Watford and the other in Putney. There are a couple of courses planned for Watford for this term and already they are proving popular (An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners on 8th October and New KS3 & 4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T on 6th November).  

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We are also in the process of finding a venue in Liverpool and we hope for this to be a regular venue in the future. A couple of courses are already planned (An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners , 14th October and A Beginners Guide to Electronics, 7th December).  

A new e-textiles course date has been added to the course calendar this week in Nottingham following a request for this course from a teacher (3rd November). If there are any particular courses you would like to see added to the calendar, either in one of our new venues or in our regular venue in Nottingham, let us know (email julie@julieboyd.co.uk). Don’t forget we are also happy to run courses during school holidays and at weekends and these are proving increasingly popular with a number of courses running over the summer. 


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Revision These jeans are made by cotton & Elastane. What other names is elastane known by? What properties does it add to the product?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook 


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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Intelligent Zebra Crossing

On a recent trip to Ikea in Nottingham I saw the ‘intelligent’ Zebra crossing used at the entrance to the retail park. The crossing uses road studs that flash when a pedestrian is crossing. The studs are intended to act as a visual warning for motorists at what is a busy crossing. Driver behaviour has reportedly changed following the installation of the studs. Find out more about the studs and the sensors used at http://goo.gl/QkxUmA

While I was at Ikea I was on the look out for the interactive light that Dale Mears recently posted on the Product Design Surgery Facebook Group. The shade opens & closes when a cord is pulled. It’s great as inspiration for an innovative product as well as possible links to biomimicry. See Dale’s video of the light at https://goo.gl/mYvQEd

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D&T Association Summer School

If you are a member of the D&T Association, and you weren’t able to get to the Summer School event held in July, you can see the Keynote sessions for both days on their website. On the first day Ofsted Lead Inspector Diana Choulerton talked about the big picture for D&T and in particular what the subject needs to do to move forward. You can see her speaking at http://goo.gl/2kkqoRYou can also download her PowerPoint presentation at http://goo.gl/eky5xhIf you want to know more about the new GCSE the session the session on the second day is particularly useful (forward to the bit delivered by Andy Mitchell) http://goo.gl/YpMauQ. Both sessions are quite long and have some tough messages but are well worth a look if you want to keep up to date with what is happening in D&T generally. 


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London Festival of Design 19th - 27th September

This is an annual event that aims to promote the city’s creativity and to celebrate design. There are over 400 events and exhibitions in a wide range of design areas. Take a look at what is happening at http://www.londondesignfestival.com. If you are a London school why not showcase your department’s work and link it to the festival? 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London 5 places left & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD 7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date)

A Beginners Guide to Electronics Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham 5 places left

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

The World’s Largest Lesson 

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Join teachers in 100 other countries to deliver the world’s largest lesson. Organised by film director Richard Curtis, and in conjunction with the TES, the event marks the launch of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. There are a wide range of lesson plans for different subjects, with a couple being particularly relevant to D&T. The focus of the event is for pupils from aged 8 to 11 but there’s no reason why you can’t use the resources for other age groups. The resources are also good for using at other times of the year. There are a range of teaching resources, including lesson plans, as well as a live lesson published on 29th September.

See the resources at https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson/


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Fabulous STEM Day at Uckfield Community Technology College

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In December last year Maggie Brand attended the 2 day course I ran at the STEM Centre in York called Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom. Inspired by the day Maggie ran a STEM event in her school, Uckfield Community Technology College in East Sussex, for 275 year 8 students. The event is featured on my website where Maggie has written a detailed description of the event. Maggie has my utmost admiration for organising such a successful event for so many students! See more about Maggie’s event at http://goo.gl/1zklmx

The course Maggie attended is running again this year at the STEM Centre. The good news is the course is completely FREE if you apply for the Enthuse bursary. The bursary can be applied for by anyone and just requires a form to be filled in. The bursary also covers your accommodation costs as it’s a 2 day event. There will be loads of hands on activities, a visit to the technical textiles department of Leeds Uni, as well as tonnes of resources to take away for your classroom. For more information click on the link below. 

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 13 & 14th November. This course will also run on 1st & 2nd July 2016. Click here for details on the 2016 course. 

There is also a second FREE course at the STEM Centre focusing on e-textiles. This course is also a 2 day event and takes delegates through the basics of e-textiles through to more advanced skills of basic programming. This course will show you how textiles can cover the electronics element of the KS3 curriculum and it is suitable for non textiles teachers as well as textiles specialists. To get

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 11th & 12th December 


Jeans for Genes

18th September is Jeans for Genes day which aims to raise money for children and families affected by genetic disorders by encouraging organisations and schools to wear jeans for the day.  The charity website has a number of resources linked to jeans (although many are more for primary than secondary) as well as resources linked to genes! If your school is taking part in the day it’s a good opportunity to raise money for a good cause whilst also doing a bit of textiles revision!

For information on Jeans for Genes visit www.jeansforgenes.org  

For a great infographic on jeans visit http://www.clothingpoverty.com/jeans 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham  3 places left

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
28th September, Nottingham    4 places left

The Textiles Teacher Event  Sat 3 October, Nottingham All 32 original  places are now gone - additional 10 places added but no more can be added after that so book soon to avoid disappointment

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   Only 2 places left
8th October, Watford

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   NEW DATE & VENUE
3rd November, Nottingham

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 
1 & 2 July 2016, 
(2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


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Curriculum consultation, tutor time resource, growth in the textiles industry, & courses for the Autumn term

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The blog starts again this week after a break over the holiday. I hope everyone had a great summer break and that whether your school year has already started, or whether you still have a few more days, that your new term gets off to a good start. 

Although this is my first official blog of the term I actually wrote one during the holiday. Titled ‘My D&T Journey’ it was originally intended as a short reflective activity more for myself as a way of looking back over the year, especially when the pace of change in education is so fast at the moment. Unintentionally it turned out to be one of my longest blogs, and one of the most read. See it here.

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If you are signed up to my Facebook and Twitter pages you will have seen that I have continued to post lots of resources over the break including one of my Facebook limited offer free resources (a PowerPoint with 35 #ThinkDo activities). This offer is now over so if you missed it make sure you ‘like’ my Facebook page to be notified of future offers. 

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If you are looking for a course for the new term take a look at my course calendar. Don’t forget that if a course you want is not listed additional courses can be added at no extra cost so email me at julie@julieboyd.co.uk. What makes my courses different from other providers is that most are for 1-8 delegates with the aim of giving a very personalised experience where you get individual attention focused on the needs of your school. All courses also include extensive resources ready to use immediately in the classroom. Courses coming up include several textiles courses (developing practical skills, GCSE revision, e-textiles, & A level) as well as whole D&T courses on 3D printing, the KS3 & 4 curriculum and electronics. Click here to see the course calendar or scroll down to see lists of course titles. 


Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Product Skateboard chair. What would you design?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 
See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook


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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Curriculum Consultation

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The consultation for the proposed GCSE D&T qualification starting in 2017 ended at the end of August but the A level one is still open until September 24th. It is important for as many D&T teachers as possible to have their say as part of the consultation whether it be to indicate you like the content or otherwise. We have no right to moan about what we end up with if we don’t contribute to the discussion. 

As a D&T community it is particularly important we support food colleagues to challenge the removal of food at A level.  This will make it the only National Curriculum subject without an A level qualification, which is something that greatly reduces the choices students have at post 16.

You don’t have to write much or say anything clever to fill in the form, just give your thoughts on the changes. Why not discuss things as a department and submit a joint response if you don’t want to do a personal one? The proposed changes are in the document and there is a link at the end of it for your online response.

Visit https://goo.gl/ywm3pA and scroll down to find the D&T document. You can also see a brief outline of the changes by D&TA https://goo.gl/wkq3B1

If you want to do a more detailed response linked to food the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group has useful information you can use to help you (you have to be a member to access the resources).


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, Watford 

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date)

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Looking for something for tutor time? 

This short video by spoken word artist & poet, Suli Breaks, is great for using with your tutor group at the beginning of the new academic year. Titled ‘Friends’ it is about having ‘friends with benefits’. In other words those who add to your life rather than subtracting from it. Suli describes this as people who help you grow, who add to your identity, and who benefit you emotionally, spiritually and mentally. 

The piece also reflects on how friends can influence you both negatively and positively, something particularly important to the success of the young people we teach. Suli says that at the end of the day, the only ones you can call true friends are those that make a difference in a positive way. 

The piece is short, but nevertheless very powerful, with some clever and thought provoking wording. It is relevant to all ages but, as a young male, Suli is a great role model that younger generations can relate to. Watch the video first as there is one swear word in it you should be aware of. 

Suli has other spoken word pieces and is known for his inspirational poetry, spoken word and speaking.   

See the ‘Friends’ video at http://bit.ly/1Q6YrJm

Visit the Suli Breaks website at http://sulibreaks.com 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Growth in the Textiles Industry 

Let's start the new term reminding everyone how important textiles is on the curriculum! This article about a Derbyshire company who are setting up their own sewing school to meet the demand for textiles jobs they can't fill illustrates the current concerns about the increasing number of vacancies that can’t be filled in the industry https://fashionunited.uk/apyw

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Textiles is not a dying industry and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise! If you want more information on this & the growth in jobs, especially those within technical textiles, along with other facts & figures on the industry, take a look at The Alliance Report written by New Economy. A summary can be found on my website, along with other articles that help others understand the industry better http://goo.gl/LMwyzS


The Textiles Teacher Event

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The Textiles Teacher Event is the biggest (and cheapest!) course I run and with a month to go there are just 6 tickets left out of 32. If there is sufficient demand I am looking into the possibility of releasing another additional 10 tickets if I can get space at the venue. There is no guarantee of these extra tickets so if you want to be sure of a place book your ticket as soon as possible. Don’t forget that every delegate who attends on the day gets a free set of 11 technical textiles posters worth £36 as well as other freebies. Click here to find out more about the event and how to book. 


FREE Courses at the STEM Centre

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As well as my own courses I am running courses for the STEM Centre in York on Technical Textiles, as well as a course on E-textiles and basic programming. Note that although the e-textiles course is a textiles course it may be relevant to anyone interested in developing their knowledge and skills for covering the electronics element at KS3. Both courses are unusual in that they are a 2 day event, including an overnight stopover and a Saturday, but THE COURSE AND ACCOMMODATION IS ALL PROVIDED FOR FREE! All you have to do is fill in a form to apply for an Enthuse bursary. 

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 13 & 14th November. This course will also run on 1st & 2nd July 2016. Click here for details on the 2016 course. 

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 11th & 12th December 



Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham   Only 3 places left

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
28th September, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event   Only 6 places left
Sat 3 October, Nottingham ANYONE WHO ATTENDS GET A FREE SET OF TECHNICAL TEXTILES POSTERS & LOTS OF OTHER FREEBIES

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
8th October, Watford   Only 3 places left

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3  16th October, Nottingham 

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

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Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 
1 & 2 July 2016, 
(2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


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My D&T journey

A little bit of self indulgence: an end of year reflection

As we near the start of a new term, and a new academic year, with all the impending changes ahead for D&T, as well as education generally, I have been reflecting on my own D&T journey over the years. 

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As a qualified coach a useful reflection tool I use with clients is to get them to write a stream of thought for 15 minutes to see where it takes them and what they learn along the way. That is how this page started out, but somehow it became something much bigger, becoming probably the longest blog I have ever done! Along the way I have taken a trip down memory lane, reflected on how D&T has changed over the years, considered the things that have shaped me as a D&T teacher, found answers to some questions that have been on my mind for a while, as well as having the chance to think about the next step in my D&T journey with the up and coming changes at GCSE and A level.  

1984: Where it all began!

I’ve been in education since 1984 with a 2 year break in the 90s when I worked as a retail manager after meeting my husband and moving to London. I felt that having gone straight from school into education that I would benefit personally and career wise seeing ‘the real world’!  The picture below shows me with a bad late 80s / early 90s perm outside the Mothercare branch where I did my retail management training. I still consider this some of the best CPD I ever did from both a D&T and leadership perspective. The ‘real world’ turned out to be full of D&T and I still use what I learnt in my teaching today.

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In my early teaching days in the 1980s I pretty much did what I wanted in my classroom. I was never observed, in fact no one ever came into my classroom to even check if I had arrived in the morning, let alone check on what I did! That might seem like a good thing compared to the Big Brother classrooms we have today but other teachers rarely shared ideas, and with little direction I often felt quite lost for much of my early career. This was particularly the case in the challenging schools I worked in, where you were pretty much on your own, and you either sank or swam! Without social media and the sharing culture of today you had to create your own resources and come up with your own ideas from scratch. There was no internet to get ideas or check up on some facts and no Facebook groups to get support with dealing with more challenging groups. I am making myself sound very old, but so many things were very different to today. For many of my early years in teaching I didn’t even have access to a photocopier, and computers were a long way off, so it was awkward, messy and inconsistent banda machines for all resources. I even remember hand writing some resources copying them out several times!

What I taught was very craft based with little or no links to any other area of D&T. In fact D&T as such didn’t exist for the first few years of my teaching. My job title was ‘needlework teacher’ and I taught girls to sew. And that was it. The subject was viewed more as a hobby than a career option and there was no talk of industry, manufacturing and all that we associate with modern D&T. I don’t care what Michael Gove, Nicky Morgan, or any other government minister says there was little challenge or robustness to the curriculum back then!

Change, change, and a bit more change!

In nearly 30 years in education I have seen huge changes, so in some ways the changes we have now don’t phase me too much because it’s a roller coaster I have been on for a long time! I have also seen a lot of personal change as I've worked in 5 very different schools in Birmingham, Nottingham, London and Leicestershire, as well as having 6 different job titles linked to different levels of leadership. 

When I began teaching I taught the last few years or so of the old O level and CSE qualifications before big change came in with the new GCSEs. I saw the introduction of the National Curriculum, the revamp of A levels along with countless other changes. Even the language was different as students were referred to as 1st years, 2nd years etc., there were no key stages, and all the modern buzz words such as literacy, numeracy, pupil premium, AfL were a long way off.

Although I enjoyed my job it was only when D&T was introduced in 1989 that I really got any true job satisfaction. Suddenly what was happening in the classroom was about more than just developing hobby skills. I clearly remember the excitement of having an Apple Mac, an Acorn computer and a Poem embroidery machine as at the time it was all cutting edge technology for the classroom!

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It was actually quite an exciting time overall; there were resources to help you develop your classroom practice, training and support, as well as a clear direction. The subject started to become increasingly valued as there was a recognition of what it developed beyond the obvious practical skills. There was also a growing understanding of the importance of designing and making and its impact on society as a whole. I suddenly felt valued and respected by students, parents, other staff, as well as the wider community.

From textiles teacher to D&T teacher

It took a while for me to become a ‘D&T teacher’ and not just a textiles teacher. Ultimately, however, it became a natural process because the developments in the real world started to pull together different material areas and processes with the lines between them becoming more blurred. 

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I don’t know when I became a D&T teacher rather than a textiles teacher, but whilst my biggest passion is still for textiles, I now see myself as 'D&T’. I see D&T all around me in all its different forms, so much so that on days out I am the one photographing the solar powered litter bins rather than taking family shots, something which both amuses and confuses my family at times! I don’t always fully understand what I see, because it’s outside my textiles comfort zone, but I know it’s D&T, and I have learnt that what counts is not my lack of knowledge, just my interest and a desire to find out more.

Approaching the future

With the new KS3 and 4 curriculum moving towards a more broader product design approach, like many others, I naturally have some mixed feelings. There’s an inevitable desire not to have to face more change. On the other hand D&T in the real world is constantly changing and I have always believed that a D&T classroom has to keep pace with the real world in order to be something more than a craft hobby subject. Whilst I feel wary about stepping outside my comfort zone, I am also excited about the possibilities of being able to pursue ideas that previously I might have been reluctant to investigate because they weren’t relevant to the current specifications, and therefore weren’t necessarily a good use of my time. The light project below, for example, combines 3D printing and polyester fabric fused together using their thermoplastic properties, with e-textiles added as the light source, would be difficult to fit into the traditional textiles curriculum at GCSE and A level, but it's an exciting possibility with the new curriculum. 

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Of course I am wary of what comes next, especially for textiles where my passion for is still the deepest. In particular it concerns me that there won’t be sufficient funding and training for the new KS4 curriculum to be implemented well and that this will lead to a major dumbing down of what we do. I also worry about the impact on skill levels for individual material areas and the potential for a reduction in quality outcomes. I do however recognise that D&T isn’t like any other subject and by it’s very nature it is about constant change.  How things are designed and made in the real world, how new materials, products and systems are developed is all about a constantly evolving and changing process. I believe our D&T classrooms have to reflect the real world, which makes change something D&T teachers have to accept, and even embrace.

A blast from the past: some points from my blog post in December 2014

At the end of 2014 a blog post I wrote posed some key questions and thoughts about D&T, many of which are still relevant, and I am going to finish by including some of these questions and thoughts as part of this blog along with a few additional questions based on developments in the last few months (the newer questions are in the darker grey with the questions from 2014 in the lighter grey). 

As D&T hits the crest of a new wave of change, and after reflecting on my D&T journey so far, it seems a good end to my personal D&T journey to consider these questions and thoughts again. These questions don't require an answer, and don’t aim to influence opinions, but are more about reflection, whether it be my own, or that of anyone who reads this blog. My coaching background means I find questions help me identify positive ways forward whilst also helping me avoid getting stuck in the past. Like a lot of ‘diary’ type reflective writing it might be interesting, if nothing else, to look back on this in a few years time when the dust has settled! 

‘Talk up’ D&T 
(newer questions are dark grey with the questions from my 2014 blog in light grey). 

● In your school, do pupils, parents, the community generally, other staff, and SLT have a clear idea of what D&T is?

● What keywords would parents, pupils, the community, other staff, and SLT use to describe D&T, each material area and the projects you do? Do those words fully reflect a dynamic, 21st Century D&T department?

● How do you promote and celebrate D&T on a weekly basis?

● Does your team present a united ‘D&T’ message by referring to themselves as D&T teachers (or D&T and then their material area e.g. D&T graphics) rather than just using their material area (e.g. graphics)?


A 21st Century D&T curriculum
(newer questions are dark grey with the questions from my 2014 blog in light grey). 

● Do projects showcase 21st Century D&T rather than reinforcing stereotypes of what D&T is?

● Are your projects different to the ones parents made when they were at school?

● Do your projects use new materials and technologies that parents have never seen before?

● Do you plan teaching and learning with a dynamic STEM approach or do you have a more traditional craft approach?

● What links to STEM do you have and how closely do you work with science, maths and ICT to ensure D&T plays a key role in STEM?

● Do all material areas fully embrace and promote their links to STEM?


Strengthening our D&T community
(newer questions are dark grey with the questions from my 2014 blog in light grey). 

● Why have we never been able to persuade people that D&T is an academically changing subject, especially at A level and beyond?

● How can we embrace the pace of change in D&T and recognise this as something to celebrate that makes us different to other subjects in school?

● How do we rebrand D&T within our own community and to the wider community in general?

● If evidence suggests D&T is in crisis (see the presentation by Diana Choulerton, Ofsted national D&T lead https://goo.gl/Cynns4), do we carry on doing the same thing, and therefore getting the same results, or do we try something radically different?

● Do D&T teachers in your department fully understand what happens in other materials areas apart from their own?

● Do D&T teachers fully value what each material area does and promote and celebrate all material areas as being equal?

● How do you celebrate individuality within the D&T materials areas whilst still ensuring you are recognised as one subject?


Maintaining a positive outlook 
(newer questions are dark grey with the questions from my 2014 blog in light grey). 

● Are you supportive of all materials areas in D&T?

We know about some of the changes coming at GCSE but the specifications themselves don’t exist yet and there is currently no reason to suggest that any material area is more vulnerable than any other. Although there will be significant changes to the specification schools will still be able to teach each material area separately using specialists if they wish to. The only real threat to a material area will come from individual schools who decide to exclude it for their own reasons. 

● Are you basing decisions about D&T on facts or rumour?

We must be careful of making assumptions about the new GCSEs and A levels until we have hard facts. Some material areas in D&T are already being marginalised based on rumours and assumptions, and some of these are coming from the D&T community itself. This only weakens the position of D&T overall. 


A focus on D&T textiles: back to my roots
(newer questions are dark grey with the questions from my 2014 blog in light grey). 

● Do you believe in textiles?

There is no reason for textiles to be seen as a vulnerable subject in D&T. The references to fashion and interiors in the proposed new GCSE, along with other textiles related references, as well the textiles references at KS3, clearly indicate there is a place for textiles within D&T. Indeed with the availability of programmable components in textiles we can cover all areas of the KS3 curriculum in textiles alone. 

● Do you challenge those who undermine textiles?

Many within the D&T community themselves, including textiles teachers, are being negative about the future of textiles and this is the biggest threat it faces. This justifies decisions some schools are taking to marginalise textiles and it is creating a self fulfilling prophecy. It is important to remember that all of D&T is at risk, & not to allow textiles to become the scapegoat.

● Do you focus on STEM textiles?

Challenge people who say textiles is a dying industry. This is completely untrue, and some of the most exciting and revolutionary technology around at the moment, as well as what will exist in the future, is textiles based, with the UK being acknowledged as world leaders. Like any other industry, it is changing and evolving, and just because it isn’t the same as 50 years ago doesn’t mean it is dying.  D&T textiles on the curriculum needs to reflect this industry and craft based projects such as aprons and toys need to be considered carefully. Do they reflect 21st Century textiles? Do they portray an image that aligns with textiles engineering, textiles technology, complex pattern cutting, CAD/CAM etc. or do they reinforce traditional negative stereptypes?

● Are you considering an art textiles curriculum?

Some schools are making the decision to put textiles with art. This is not a decision to be taken lightly, despite the importance of art, and the cross over between the subjects. Although there are strong links, D&T textiles and art textiles are different and D&T is a weaker subject overall without textiles. If you are considering going down the art textiles route remember art is just as vulnerable as D&T, more so in some ways. There are also issues around how secure textiles is within art, as it is only one aspect of the subject, along with the fact that someone who trained as art teacher may have the advantage at interview over a D&T trained textiles teacher. If you consider the move to art textiles to be right for your department avoid saying this is because it is ‘easier’ or better ‘because it has no exam’. I have heard these comments many times and they are insulting to art colleagues and under value art as a subject. They also suggest D&T textiles teachers don’t like hard work and a challenge! 


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Happy Holidays!

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The last few schools finally break up for the summer this week. It’s been a long year, with lots of change and hard work, so I hope everyone has a well deserved and relaxing break. 

This is the final blog of the academic year and the format is slightly different to normal, with lots of loose ends to tie up before the end of term, but everything will return to normal in September

Although the blog will stop for a while you can still get regular D&T updates and freebies over the summer by following my Facebook page. Just ‘like’ the page to see D&T updates most days. I am planning a new resource giveaway in the next few weeks so sign up to avoid missing out as there will be no blog to let you know when it has been released. 

Don’t forget to give me your new contact details if you are changing schools. If you are reading the blog for the first time you can receive it each week by email so just email julie@julieboyd.co.uk with your contact details. 


Competition Entries

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There has been a steady trickle of competition entries for the last month or so but the postman has been particularly busy this week with lots of entries coming in. It is a genuine pleasure to open every parcel and to see the entries. The standard of work has been high, particularly from younger students, and it is going to be a hard competition to judge! Details of entries will be on my website when the competition is finalised and the work will also be on display at The Textiles Teacher Event on October 3rd. A big thank you to anyone who has entered for all their hard work. 


Looking For Resources Over The Summer

If you are doing any planning over the summer don’t forget you can access old blogs at http://goo.gl/1lwCVi. Unfortunately there is no search facility on the website but you can see the blogs indexed into key areas at http://goo.gl/yjITbB. Clicking on each key area takes you to the blog where the original information appeared. 

You can also find resources on my social media pages and over the holiday I will be continuing to post resources on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

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If you use social media The National STEM Centre are encouraging teachers to use the hashtag #myDTholiday to showcase all the D&T things around us on a daily basis. Visit http://goo.gl/xQSoxc for more information. 

If you are looking for D&T places to visit over the summer take a look at the ‘visits' section on my website for some suggestions http://goo.gl/j5XC7o. Make sure you check opening times etc. with the venue website before travelling. 


Don’t Forget The Curriculum Reviews!

We might be on holiday but there is still lots going on that impacts on D&T so don’t forget to fill in the curriculum reviews for GCSE and A level. 

Draft D&T GCSE document & your chance to respond to it https://goo.gl/YZKsJV  

Draft D&T A level document & your chance to respond to it https://goo.gl/ywm3pA 

Information from D&TA on the GCSE consultation https://goo.gl/zXs5No

Information from D&TA on the A level consultation https://goo.gl/wkq3B1

Don’t forget to mention the proposed loss of Food at A level even if you are not a Food teacher. I recommend that Food teachers become members of the Food Teachers Centre group on Facebook as well as visiting the website www.foodteacherscentre.co.uk and signing up for the newsletter. This will keep you up to date with all the developments and there is lots of support and advice including on what you might write in the consultation. 


Courses Over The Summer Holidays

We have had several requests to put on courses over the summer holidays and the current ones are listed below. If you would like other courses to be run over the summer just email julie@julieboyd.co.uk.

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
31st July, Nottingham
(see below for dates in the new term)

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  19th August, Nottingham 
(see below for dates in the new term)

Textiles Practical Skills: Higher Level Skills to Maximise Progression at KS4 & 5 (Advanced course) 20th August, Nottingham 


Courses In The New Term For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD NEW COURSE & VENUE

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
24th Nov, Nottingham NEW COURSE

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham


Just For D&T Textiles Teachers: Courses In The New Term

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3  16th October, Nottingham 

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham NEW DATE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam NEW
28th September, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham  FREE SET OF TECHNICAL TEXTILES POSTERS & LOTS OF OTHER FREEBIES FOR ALL DELEGATES

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
8th October, Watford

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


And Finally…

This weeks #ThinkDo free download:

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 #ThinkDo #Product What makes an iconic product? What iconic products can you name from the past? Do you think the Apple watch will be an iconic product of the future? What other predictions would you make? 

Quick activities that include a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at  http://goo.gl/l871ZW


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New GCSE & A Level qualifications for D&T, famous failures, & end of term textiles clips

More of you break up this Friday but the blog will continue until 24th July as I know some of you don’t finish until then. After that it will take a break over the summer. Don’t forget you can still get regular D&T updates and freebies over the summer by following my Facebook page. Just ‘like’ the page to see D&T updates most days. I am planning a new resource giveaway in the next few weeks so sign up to avoid missing out as there will be no blog to let you know when it has been released. 

Don’t forget, if you are changing schools, and still want to receive the blog via email, you will need to let me have your new email address.

The last of my courses for this academic year take place this week although there are a couple during the holiday on textiles practical skills. These have proven very popular and the one on 19th August is fully booked. If you are interested in an additional date being added over the summer holiday let me know.  


Free Resources
Images, ideas & text in free resources are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

#ThinkDo #Revision Infographic on a London Tube seat. What might have been London Underground’s brief to the designer? What might the specification for the fabric be?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

Images, ideas & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced


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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Information On The New AQA GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

This week there was a webinar on the new AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification. This gives a useful and detailed outline of what Food teachers will be teaching from September 2016. The recording of the webinar can be viewed at https://goo.gl/AeHWbQ 

On a less positive note the DfE has released the draft A level proposals and they have made the decision that there will be no A level for Food which is very disappointing indeed. 

I recommend that Food teachers become members of the Food Teachers Centre group on Facebook as well as visiting the website www.foodteacherscentre.co.uk and signing up for the newsletter. This will keep you up to date with all the developments and provide you with all the links and information you need including information on alternatives courses for Post 16. This also includes information on the new Ofsted framework and the School Food Plan and what schools need to do to be prepared. 


A Challenging Time for D&T

If you weren’t able to get to the D&TA Summer School event last week you can see the presentation by Diana Choulerton, the lead Ofsted inspector for D&T, at the following link http://goo.gl/eky5xh. It makes for sober reading but goes some way to explaining why the new D&T GCSE is changing the way it is. 

If you haven’t yet seen the draft D&T GCSE document you can find it at https://goo.gl/YZKsJV  . Remember at this stage it is still a draft and you are able to comment on it until 24th August (information is at the above link). 

You can read comments on the draft GCSE document by the D&T Association including a quick summary of key points at https://goo.gl/zXs5No

Just hot off the press is also the draft proposals for A Level D&T. As mentioned in the information above Food will no longer be available at A level. To see the full proposals for the A level and to have your chance to have your say on the consultation visit https://goo.gl/ywm3pA 

See the response from D&TA about the A level changes, including a very brief outline of the changes at https://goo.gl/wkq3B1

All of the changes ahead are daunting but it is important to bear in mind that we will only really know what the real implications are at GCSE and A level when the exam boards write their specifications. Departments are therefore advised not to make any drastic decisions based on hearsay and rumour (which seems to be rife at the moment!). I have spoken to a representative of one exam board for the GCSE, for example, who says, whilst there will need to be some changes, much of what we currently do, including practical making tasks, will be able to continue. Only time will tell if that is the case. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD NEW COURSE & VENUE

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
24th Nov, Nottingham NEW COURSE

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Famous Failures 

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If you are one of the unlucky teachers who still has another week to go, and you are looking for things to use in tutor time, try this short video on famous failures. With the theme of 'If you’ve never failed you’ve never tried anything new' this video might also be an inspirational start for the beginning of the new academic year. Visit http://bit.ly/1V48rH0 (via @SLT_Kat)


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Something Fun for the End of Term

http://bit.ly/1hvxmBx - brilliant short video on 100 years of fashion and dance (via Kay Lilleyman on the Textile Teachers Centre) 

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http://bit.ly/1S9pbZ5 - excellent 1 minute video via Heather Boult on the Textiles Teachers Centre that explains knitting really well and which would be really easy to replicate in the classroom (although I am not sure why they are dressed the way they are!)


Free Costume Society Articles

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If you have already broken up for the summer and have a bit of time to do some reading take a look at this costume journal website that has free access to 50 articles for all of July. Costume is the journal of the Costume Society which does research into historic and contemporary dress so if you or your students are interested in costume design this limited offer might be of interest. It takes a while to wade through the articles to find the free ones, and they are quite high end in their content but there are some interesting articles. Visit http://goo.gl/bdUAgH before the end of July.


Industrial Lockstitch Machines Looking For a Good Home

Foxford School in Coventry have 2 industrial lockstitch machines that are looking for a good home to anyone who can pick them up. I had one in my classroom which A level students often used and its a great way of showing industrial practice. If you are interested please contact Rod Moore at rodm@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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One Week to the Closing Date of my Competition! 

There is just over a week left to get your entries in for my textiles competition and there's still time to get some last minute entries made. I have had some excellent entries over the last few days especially from year 7s who are really challenging the older pupils in terms of quality and creativity. 

Please make sure all entries are well packaged as some are arriving very battered and ripped. If you are using an ordinary envelope I recommend you put lots of tape around it to strengthen the package. I also recommend using 'Guaranteed Next Day Delivery' from the Post Office as they are more careful with the parcels and it is less likely to get lost (that's a quote from my local Post Office!). More information at http://goo.gl/kU99i9


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3  16th October, Nottingham 

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  19th August, Nottingham DATE IS NOW FULL. CONTACT ME IF YOU'D LIKE AN ADDITIONAL DATE ADDING IN THE SUMMER HOLS. 
22nd September, Nottingham 
NEW DATE

Textiles Practical Skills: Higher Level Skills to Maximise Progression at KS4 & 5 (Advanced course) 20th August, Nottingham SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham ALL DELEGATES GET A FREE SET OF TECHNICAL TEXTILES POSTERS & LOTS OF OTHER FREEBIES

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
8th October, Watford

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

STEM in Textiles & E-textiles

If you interested in STEM in Textiles and E-textiles take a look at the courses in November and December that I am running at the National Science Learning Centre in York. These are 2 day courses that require an overnight stay (Friday & Saturday). Course fees & accommodation costs can be covered by applying for a bursary. Note these are not my own courses and are booked via the NSLC website. All information on the courses and bursary can be found at the links below:

For STEM in Textiles visit https://goo.gl/H0hmjr

For E-textiles visit https://goo.gl/FkVPF8

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


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Colour, leaving pressies, prizes & 20 things we should say more often

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The end of term is now within touching distance, in fact I know that for some lucky schools it is this week. No matter what date you break up I hope everyone has a well earned break. 

The blog will continue until 24th July and then it will take a break over the summer. Don’t forget you can still get regular D&T updates and freebies over the summer by following my Facebook page. Just ‘like’ the page to see D&T updates most days. 

If you are changing schools and still want to receive the blog via email don’t forget to let me have your new email address. 

Over the summer I will be updating resources and my websites as well as planning new courses. I spent a day last week looking at excellent new course venues in Watford and Putney so keep a look out for courses in those venues (there are a couple of new ones listed on the website for Watford already). Both have excellent transport links and are perfect for the small personalised courses my husband and I like to run.  If either of these venues are convenient for you, and you would like to see a particular course put on, just drop me an email  (there are no additional costs for requesting a course).  


Free Resources
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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision What’s the name of the yellow fabric that makes this panel from a police vest stab proof? What other properties does this  fabric have? What is the silver layer you can see on top of the fabric? How is it made? What is its purpose?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Colour

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This website http://design-seeds.com/search posts regular photos of the natural world along with matching colour palettes. This could be an interesting potential holiday homework project with students either taking photos that have interesting colour palettes, collecting magazine cuttings of interesting colour palettes, or even creating colour palettes similar to the ones on the website. There are also lots of colour palette boards on Pinterest so students could use these as inspiration and could even set up their own boards. You can see my Pinterest colour palette board at https://goo.gl/Chuuna


Leaving Pressies!

Continuing with the colour theme these Pantone mugs from John Lewis make great leaving presents for members of staff who are leaving at the end of term or as a thank you present for your department.   


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
17th July, Nottingham ONE WEEK LEFT TO BOOK

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD NEW COURSE & VENUE

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Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
24th Nov, Nottingham NEW COURSE

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

20 Things We Should Say More Often 

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saw this video this week http://bit.ly/1NT7gpc  via @SLT_Kat  and thought it would be great for tutor time, whether it be to round off the academic year or as a start to the new one in September. The video lists 20 things we should say more often, some are silly, some serious, some are obvious and some are a bit different. It’s a little corny (and very American!) but it could be a good way to get students to reflect back over the year (or to start a new term). As well as reflecting on the ones the video lists students could add their own ideas as well as identifying their own personal top five that they want to do more of. 



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

End of Year Prizes

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Wilkinson have some cheap files, magnets, stamps and tins with a 50s sewing theme that would make great prizes for end of year awards and competitions. They aren’t boy friendly but if you have lots of girls they would be ideal. The magnets and stamps in particular come as a pack and could be split to make a range of small prizes or keep sakes. 


2 Weeks to the Closing Date of my Competition! 

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Have you sent your student entries in yet? The closing date is 24th July. Find out more at http://goo.gl/kU99i9


FREE Courses at The National Science Learning Centre in York

Last December I ran a successful 2 day course at the National Science Learning Centre in York on smart and modern materials and this course will run again this November and again in July 2016.

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The course is a bit different to other courses in several ways. Firstly it’s a very intense 2 days jam packed full of activities and trips, including a late finish on the Friday, and an overnight stay to make sure you are ready for an early start on the Saturday morning. 

Secondly the course and accommodation are all FREE! This is because delegates can apply for an Enthuse bursary which means the £550 course fee is refunded once you have completed the course.  To get the funding delegates have to fill in a formal application form saying why they want to attend, they have to attend all of both days, as well as writing an action plan at the end of day 2 on how they will use their learning. 

This was a fabulous 2 day event last year and if you are interested in finding out more about this year’s course visit https://goo.gl/H0hmjr or email me

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E-textiles will be part of the focus on the smart and modern 2 day course mentioned above but this year there is also an additional 2 day course focusing just on e-textiles. This will take place in December, and like the other course, is an intensive 2 day course on a Friday and Saturday with costs covered by the Enthuse bursary that delegates can apply for. 

Find out more about this course at https://goo.gl/FkVPF8

Note that although I am delivering both of these courses they are run by the Science Learning Centre so all bookings, admin and queries about the Enthuse awards are done by them. For details on the Enthuse awards contact Gemma Taylor g.taylor@slcs.ac.uk


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3  16th July, Nottingham ONE WEEK LEFT TO BOOK & 16th October, Nottingham 

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  19th August, Nottingham SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE
22nd September, Nottingham 
NEW DATE

Textiles Practical Skills: Higher Level Skills to Maximise Progression at KS4 & 5 (Advanced course) 20th August, Nottingham SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, NottinghamANYONE WHO ATTENDS GET A FREE SET OF TECHNICAL TEXTILES POSTERS & LOTS OF OTHER FREEBIES

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
8th October, Watford

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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Creative Industries report, GCSE consultation, NQTs, & menswear

Everyone is on the countdown to the summer break! If you are changing schools don’t forget to give me your new email address if you are on the mailing list to receive this blog by email.

There have been several new courses added to the calendar this week based on teacher requests. These include an e-textiles course on 8th October, as well as 3 textiles skills practical courses, two of which are in the summer holiday, with the other being in September. Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you are interested in any other courses being added to the calendar. 

There is also great news this week about a fabulous free resource that anyone attending The Textiles Teacher Event on 3rd October will receive. Worth £36 it is just one of the freebies that will be available on the day. To find out more about the resource click here or scroll down to the textiles section below. 

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Free Resources
Images, ideas & text in free resources are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Product Chair & towel rail combined & marketed as a space saving product in Ikea. What products would you combine to create a new product?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

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Creative Industries Report

A government report released this week by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport says that employment within the creative sector within the UK is increasing at more than twice the rate of the rest of the economy. It also says that 1.8 million people are working in this area which is a 15% rise since 2011. A wide range of creative industries are mentioned with ‘design' (which the report identifies as referring to ‘product, graphic and fashion’) leading the other creative industries with a 28.4% increase since 2011.

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Visit https://goo.gl/iHqV5n for the full Creative Industries report. 

With the Creative Industries report in mind it is a little ironic that the introduction of the Ebacc and Progress 8 is having such a a big impact on D&T and other creative subjects. There is currently a growing movement that is challenging the Ebacc and this is not just from within the D&T community. You can see a bit more background to this on the D&T Association website at https://goo.gl/DwA5Ez. There is also a ‘Bacc to the Future Campaign’ on behalf of non Ebacc subjects, along with a petition focusing on saving creativity in schools. The petition can be found at http://goo.gl/t4eQF and it literally takes under 30 seconds to fill in. 


The Draft D&T GCSE Consulation

The draft for the new D&T GCSE was released on 1st July. Everything is still at the consultation stage and everyone has their chance to comment on the proposals. The consultation is open until 26th August and, whatever your opinion, it is important that as many D&T teachers have their say. 

You can find the consolation document along with information on how to respond to it at https://goo.gl/YZKsJV  

You can also read comments on the draft document by the D&T Association including a quick summary of key points at https://goo.gl/zXs5No


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 

17th July, Nottingham NEW DATE & VENUE

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’? We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Tips for NQTs 

SecEd have a great series of articles with tips for NQTs. These are useful for anyone who has just qualified as well as any NQT mentors that are supporting NQTS. 

http://goo.gl/pq7Idr - The rights and entitlements all NQTs should be receiving

http://goo.gl/1UFu78 - The habits of a great teacher

http://goo.gl/Bwh6Bs - Survive and thrive as a new teacher

http://goo.gl/x8ETau - 6 steps to effective professional development (aimed at NQTs coming to the end of their first year)


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Men’s Fashion

There’s been a lot of discussion during the hot weather about whether men get a fair deal compared to women in the workplace with regards to what they are allowed to wear on a hot day. This has also led to a lot of discussion about what makes professional business wear for both men and women. 

This is a great starting point for product analysis and designing, whether as a full class activity, a homework, or a starter. It enables students to consider a real design problem that impacts on real users. It also encourages them to consider fabric properties and design styles within a real context, as well as getting them to think about what is appropriate clothing in the workplace. 

For some starting point ideas on discussion points and questions take a look at http://goo.gl/Emw53p

This discussion could also lead into some research and designing around the changing face of men’s fashion. NEXT, for example, currently have a range of business style suits that have shorts rather than trousers. They also have a range of suits in non traditional colours including aqua green and pink.  

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Continuing the theme of men’s suits, take a look at this promotional video for Paul Smith’s ‘A Suit to Travel in’ http://bit.ly/1LWH7V5. The video shows gymnasts performing wearing the suit in order to demonstrate its qualities. The suit is designed to be flexible and breathable and to withstand the challenges of travelling whilst still looking good when you arrive. 


Fab Freebie for Anyone Attending The Textiles Teacher Event

If you have seen my Facebook page this week you will have seen the announcement about the free resource that anyone who attends The Textiles Teacher Event will receive (including anyone who has already booked). This is a superb set of 11 high tech textiles posters worth £36. The posters are A2 size and focus on a wide range of technical textiles applications. They are glossy, brightly coloured and eye catching with some fantastic high tech textiles examples that will really help change the perception of what textiles is in your school. They will make a fabulous display for the new academic year! 

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Many thanks to Emtex who are sponsoring the resources. This resource is no longer published so it is not available to buy. 

Other freebies & competition prizes that will be given away on the day will be announced soon. This is always a popular event each year and a third of the tickets have already sold so book soon to avoid disappointment. 

Find out more about The Textiles Teacher Event at http://goo.gl/IHWgj7


3 Weeks to the Closing Date of my Competition! 

Have you sent your student entries in yet? The closing date is 24th July. Find out more at http://goo.gl/kU99i9


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

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An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
13th July, Nottingham JUST OVER A WEEK LEFT TO BOOK
8th October, London NEW DATE & VENUE

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3   16th July, Nottingham & 16th October, Nottingham NEW DATES

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
12th Oct, Nottingham

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  19th August, Nottingham SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE
22nd September, Nottingham NEW DATE

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Textiles Practical Skills: Higher Level Skills to Maximise Progression at KS4 & 5 (Advanced course) 20th August, Nottingham SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham 
ANYONE WHO ATTENDS GET A FREE SET OF TECHNICAL TEXTILES POSTERS & LOTS OF OTHER FREEBIES

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs

To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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Road signs, skateboards, umbrellas & summer holiday homework

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There are a number of new courses that have been added to the course calendar this week because of requests from teachers. As my husband and I are a small independent company we are often able to be very flexible on meeting the needs of teachers. This means we can often add a course, both at short notice, and for small numbers of delegates, all at no additional charge. The recent new additions include a KS3 new curriculum course for all D&T teachers on 17th July, an A level textiles course on 16th July and a textiles practical skills course on 22nd September. Email me at julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you are interested in a course being added to the calendar. 

Don’t forget I am also running a textiles session at the D&T Association Summer School on Friday 10th July (2.15 - 5.00pm). 


Free Resources
Images, ideas & text in free resources are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 

#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision What textiles technique has been used to create the pattern on this t.shirt? What are the disadvantages of this technique?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 
Images, ideas & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced



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50 Years of the Road Sign

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We think of road signs as an everyday thing but they first appeared on our streets in 1965. The first signs were designed by Jock Kinnier and Margaret Calvert and their designs went onto standardise the road signage system. Kinnier and Calvert created many of the signs we see today and introduced two new typefaces: transport and motorway. To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of road signs there are a series of events, including an exhibition of signs by contemporary designers, all of which aim to make the viewer think about design, and the environment road signs are in, in a different way. The exhibition can be viewed at the Made North Gallery in Sheffield until 1st August and will also be part of the London Design Festival from 19th - 27th September. 

http://goo.gl/ea1QHyFind out more about Kinnier and Calvert’s work on the Design Museum website 


Skateboards

http://goo.gl/UVmsBW  - Lovenskate is a skateboard printing company based in East London that hand prints skateboards. Watch the video about the company showing the hand cut artwork and screen printing process. The second video also includes screen printing onto t.shirts towards the end. 

http://bit.ly/1IxOyRV -  A video showing how old fishing nets are turned into skateboards  (via Matt Bell on the Product Design Surgery Facebook group)

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http://bit.ly/1FBsZv4 - Video on how wooden skateboards are made. This video also shows heat transfer printing as an alternative to screen printing that Lovenskate use. 

http://goo.gl/VAfbxj - Hydroflex who produce fibre glass composite skateboards. This page has some information on the skateboards and a video. Also take a look at the links to various media articles at the bottom of the page as they also have some useful information in them.  


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
17th July, Nottingham NEW DATE 

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Summer Holiday Homework

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In the TES recently there was an article about a teacher from Italy who has designed a set of unconventional tasks for his students to complete over the summer holiday. Called ‘homework for life’ the tasks are a mixture of light hearted things such as 'walking by the sea, thinking about the things you love most in life’ through to more academic tasks such as using vocabulary learnt in lessons over the last year. 

This would be a great idea for any year group. You could set the same tasks for all year groups or set specific tasks for groups based on a focus relevant to the learning the group will do in September. There are loads of D&T related things that could be included from visits, taking photos and collecting things, through to simple things like becoming more aware of D&T products in everyday life. This idea could also give you an instant display when the new term starts. 

See the article at http://bit.ly/1Jji8O9 



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

For Those Rainy Summer Days! 

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http://bbc.in/1GqupKv - Great article on umbrellas that asks how the basic umbrella design could be improved. The article includes a brief history of the umbrella as well as a number of innovative umbrella designs. This would be a great product analysis activity, looking at the problems with current umbrella designs, considering the types of fabrics used, and getting students to come up with an innovative design themselves. 

http://bit.ly/1LC6Yl4 - Children’s colour changing jacket by Squid London that changes colour in the rain

http://bit.ly/1HeDlbw - Colour changing umbrella by Squid London that changes colour in the rain (I have also seen these for sale in Waterstones).

http://www.umbrellahistory.net - A website dedicated to umbrellas!

http://bit.ly/1JjftnM - Video on manufacturing umbrellas

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If you are looking for a team work project idea that uses recycled materials umbrellas are a good choice.  I have done this with a lot of classes in the past and the finished results make a really eye catching display (although they aren’t much good in the rain unless you use water resistant fabric!). You can buy cheap umbrellas from places like Ikea (they currently have black ones for £2 each) and remove the nylon cover which you can then use to make a pattern template (don’t forget to add on a seam allowance).  Students decorate a triangle each which are then sewn together and used to recover the original frame.


One Month to the Closing Date of my Competition 

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There is just one more month until the closing date for my competition where one lucky school will win an embellisher machine - have you sent your student entries in yet? The closing date is 24th July. 

Find out more at http://goo.gl/kU99i9


Book Your Place on The Textiles Teacher Event & Get a Freebie Worth Over £35!

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Keep an eye on my Facebook page next week as I will be announcing a freebie that everyone who books a ticket for The Textiles Teacher Event on 3rd October will receive on the day (including everyone who has already booked their place). All I can reveal at the moment is that the freebie has a retail value of over £35 which in itself will pay for the ticket fee (and that’s not including all the other freebies on the day). Find out more about the event at http://goo.gl/IHWgj7


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
13th July, Nottingham JUST OVER 2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3     16th July, Nottingham NEW DATE

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
12th Oct, Nottingham

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham NEW DATE

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham 
MY MOST POPULAR COURSE SO BOOK SOON

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


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Product innovations, a new Ofsted framework, exhibitions, & competitions

Most of the D&T courses my husband and I run are designed to be small, often with up to a maximum of up to 8 delegates. We pride ourselves on being able to offer more personalised courses that meet individual delegate needs better than a course with larger numbers. We find smaller groups encourage more discussion and enables delegates to share ideas and raise issues more openly so that they go back into school with a strong sense of purpose and a clear direction. As a small company we also have greater flexibility than the larger training companies and can run courses even with low numbers, as well as being able to add additional courses based on delegate requests. 

The Textiles Teacher Event

The one exception to this is The Textiles Teacher Event which is now in its fifth year and which has nearly 40 places. Although this is a less personalised event the day is full of activity and inspiration with lots of freebies, competitions and prizes, along with hands on activities and a small display of work by students.  

This event, which takes place this year on Saturday 3rd October in Nottingham, is also heavily subsidised by a range of sponsors making it the cheapest course we run at £35. 

Although targeted at textiles teachers, technicians and trainees, the day is also suitable for anyone wanting to develop their textiles knowledge, especially with the new GCSE moving towards a more Product Design route. 

This event is always popular and a quarter of the tickets are already sold. Click here to find out more about the event and to book your tickets


Free Resources
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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Product How many different lemon squeezer designs can you find? Compare their design features & materials. Which one functions the best & why?

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Product Innovation

http://bit.ly/1LhZNhG - Central St. Martins students who develop an interactive clothing bank for the Salvation Army that lights up when a donation is made. The page includes a useful short video about how graduates approached the brief 

http://bit.ly/1fhsQrB - wheelbarrow chair that has been designed for children to sit on with the wheel and handle allowing it to easily be moved around. This could be part of a great starter getting students to combine different products together to come up with an innovative design.


RSA Summer Science Exhibition

This free week long exhibition (30 June - 5th July) is an annual display of 22 exhibits currently at the cutting edge science and technology in the UK. As well as seeing the exhibits you can meet those behind the exhibition, attend talks and have a go yourself at some of the activities. Exhibits include e-textiles, sustainable beef farming, materials that repair themselves, nanoscale computing devices, atomic level engineering and much more. Find out more at http://goo.gl/DJDmHp


John Lewis Innovation Challenge Competition

Although this blog is mainly aimed at secondary D&T teachers I know there are a number of primary and middle school teachers on the mailing list and this innovation challenge competition will be particularly suitable for you (http://goo.gl/zSfVb1). Other teachers might be able to use the idea to generate a homework or other activity. The competition focuses on ‘What will the shop of the future look like?’ with entrants being encouraged to think about the shopping experience generally, shopping behaviours, as well as technology and design. If you sign up to the website (which is free) there are also some lesson plans and other resources under the headings of ‘Design and Make’, ‘Cook and Share’, and ‘Technology and Innovation’ all of which primary teachers in particular might find useful. M

Julie Boyd 2015 competition

If you are a textiles teacher looking for a competition don’t forget my competition which closes at the end of this term. Download the flyer or visit the page on the website


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department LAST FEW DAYS TO BOOK

Tues 23rd June, Nottingham

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
New date in June/July will be added in next week or so. Contact me if you want to be notified when this date becomes definite. NEW DATE & VENUE                                             

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School NEW
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework 

Ofsted have had a high profile this week with the release of a common inspection framework that comes into effect from September 2015. If you want to short cut a lot of the paperwork watch the video under the ‘Explaining the changes’ heading. 

You can see a summary of all the new documents at https://goo.gl/iwuraB

Read the transcript of the speech made by Michael Wilshaw to launch the common inspection framework https://goo.gl/A5aWD9 

See a summary by the TES of the 7 questions schools will be asked under the new framework http://bit.ly/1SoAsH9

Note that as part of the new framework Ofsted will be inspecting the healthy eating and food culture of a school and the extent to which schools support pupils to gain ‘knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, including exercise and healthy eating’. Download a review sheet from The Food Teachers Centre to help you assess whether your school meets the new criteria http://goo.gl/hCNrO2



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

New V&A Exhibition 

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If you are looking for an end of year trip this week the new exhibition at the V&A opened (runs until 31st January 2016). Called ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ it is a celebration of footwear from around the globe with 200 pairs on display. 

Find out more at http://goo.gl/79bSrC


E-textiles Project Ideas 

Take a look at my latest e-textiles projects if you are looking for ideas for projects for next year. 

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The Sewing Directory website set me the design brief of creating a make up bag with lights surrounding a mirror similar to the traditional design for Hollywood style make up mirrors. The website were very specific about the design they wanted even down to the fabric that was used so it was an interesting challenge. The make up bag uses PCB LEDs that shine through the fabric as well as a switched cell holder, although other LEDs could be used, and a switch, such as a popper, could be added to the circuit to reduce the costs. The instructions for this project are free to download at http://goo.gl/9EENnJ

Skull

My most popular download to buy on the website at the moment is a skull e-textiles fabric torch key ring. This also uses PCB LEDs and a switched cell holder but again the circuit could be developed further to include a popper switch in order to reduce costs. Click here to see the resource. 

Don’t forget if you are looking for free project ideas for e-textiles as well as ‘how to’ tutorials there are lots on the website

If the cost of e-textiles is too expensive for  your department why not give the idea in this video a go http://on.fb.me/1KZuOde. It’s something I have mentioned in the past but I was reminded of it by a recent post by Claire Louise Keen on the Textile Teachers Centre Facebook group. 

The skull resource and a variety of other e-textiles projects are included in the resource to take away when you attend the e-textiles course on 13th July

You can also see some of these projects on display at my session at the D&T Association Summer School on Friday 10th July (2.15 - 5.00pm)


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, Nottingham (& Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham) 
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR 2ND JULY

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

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An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners NEW COURSE
13th July, Nottingham

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3  
16th July, Nottingham NEW COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


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KitKat, smart materials, assessment, & e-textiles

The free KS3 resource that I mentioned in last week’s blog has been very popular with lots of you downloading it. Thank you to those of you who have shared with me how you have used it with your department. It's great that so many of you were able to use it so quickly and that you found it useful. For anyone who hasn’t downloaded it yet you only have until Friday 12th June so you had better be quick!  

The resource can only be accessed via my Facebook page. ‘Like’ the page to make sure you don’t miss out on future free resources.

To get other resources to support the KS3 curriculum take a look at the course on Leading an Outstanding D&T Department in Nottingham on 23rd June and KS3 New Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T on 3rd July in London


Free Resources
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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

#ThinkDo #Revision

Soap dispenser by Joseph. How would you redesign a common everyday product? 

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KitKat Rebranding

KitKat

One of the features on my Facebook page this week were the limited edition KitKat packs in association with You Tube. There are 72 different types of 'breaks' replacing the traditional logo. Find out more about this rebrand by visiting http://goo.gl/3gGHqh How many photos of the different types of breaks can your students collect? What ideas can they come up with themselves? See a selection of wrapper photos at http://on.fb.me/1C0Kipd

Linked to this is the battle between Nestle and Cadbury to protect the shape of the KitKat http://goo.gl/7SELWY. What are the wider implications of attempts like these to protect product designs, shapes and colours?


Degree Shows

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Get your students inspired with a visit to a degree show in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/1e5Damg for a summary of degree shows across the country. 

Don’t forget New Designers in London if you want to see a range of work from different universities. Visit http://www.newdesigners.com for more information. 


Smart Materials

http://goo.gl/1o5BKl - Nivea sunscreen doll which changes colour in the sun to teach children about the dangers of the sun. This is a clever use for smart materials although at the moment it is not available to buy and is only a promotional product. You can also see the video on You Tube at http://bit.ly/1JiFLWQ


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
Tues 23rd June, Nottingham 2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK

A Beginners Guide to Electronics NEW
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
Fri 3 July, London

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School NEW
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

Assessment Systems 

David Didau makes some interesting points in his blog about assessment in the new KS3 curriculum. Didau says that it is almost impossible to truly map a child’s progression and that all we can hope to do is assess their performance on any given day. He says that because learning isn’t visible, what we do instead is come up with metaphors, like ladders and thermometers, that oversimplify what learning is. He says we therefore need to be very careful not to create a system that could end up doing more harm than good. Didau suggests 8 pointers for teachers to review their assessment and tracking systems against, some of which are in direct contradiction to some of the assessment systems that are being developed in schools. 

Didau’s blog, and the links he lists, might be useful for any department thinking about the assessment systems they are developing http://wp.me/p3KEoH-1V2 

If you are looking for support for developing KS3 assessment systems look at the course on Leading an Outstanding D&T Department in Nottingham on 23rd June and KS3 New Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T on 3rd July in London



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

E-textiles 

Take a look at https://goo.gl/p35X0M to see a moisture sensitive kit that enables you to add a light to your brolley so it lights up when it rains. 

As interesting as this kit is I am not sure quite why you would want a brolley to light up when it rains, especially when the kit costs over £40! Compare this to Unicef’s ‘Wearables for Good’ competition which aims to refocus the design of wearables towards products and systems that help a wider community for social good. 

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The competition is open to anyone, and even if you don’t enter the competition, the idea and some of the resources on the website, might be useful as a starting point for discussion and design activities. In particular the resources and competition might help get students to think beyond e-textiles just being used for gimmicks and luxury items towards how they can solve real design problems for real users. As well as the information on the website there is also a useful handbook to download at http://goo.gl/z7TuqA.

If you are wanting to learn how to use e-textiles a new course has been added to the course calendar on 13th July. Click here for more details.


Fashion Show Video

http://bit.ly/1MsLerWThis fabulous video made by Katie Ford’s students at The Cedars Upper School in Bedfordshire to promote their up and coming fashion show. It is really well made and as well as advertising the event is a great way of showcasing the department. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum   Mon 29 June, Nottingham

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, London (& Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham) NEW DATE & VENUE

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
13th July, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School NEW
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


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New freebie on Facebook, designing resources, exam technique, & polyester

I hope everyone had a good half term holiday. At least we are now into the last stretch before the summer break! This time of year is no less challenging though as for many there are year 6 transitions days to plan, year 10 starting their controlled assessments, year 12 students returning after their exams, and in many schools the old year 11 returning for post 16 induction days. Added to that, this is the time of year when most departments are reviewing things for next year and trying to cram as much planning and preparation in as possible. 

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With this in mind there is a new Facebook freebie designed to help departments review their KS3 curriculum. The resource is designed to be an active exercise a department can undertake together rather than just the traditional tick list mapping exercise. Find out more about the resource on Facebook

If you are interested in more resources like this one, take a look at my courses on the KS3 curriculum and leading an outstanding department  where this and other KS3 resources will be shared. 

Note this free resource can only be accessed via my Facebook page and is only available until 12th June. 

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Free Resources
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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision 

What’s the name of the white stitches on this textiles product? Where else might this technique be used?

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Designing Resources

One of the things I have mentioned recently on my Facebook page is a fab set of free resource cards aimed at designing for behaviour change, whether that be to encourage people to make a better lifestyle choice, or simply to get someone to buy your product and not a competitor’s. Although not designed for schools these cards are great for using with students and link well to the focus on users in the KS3 curriculum. This link http://t.co/usTrgXREQU via @FastCoDesign has a little bit about the cards and a link to download them. 

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If you are looking for other freebies take a look at the James Dyson Challenge cards at http://goo.gl/FS9ZPz which you can either download or send for a free a hard copy. The resource consists of 52 STEM challenges and if you are looking for one off lessons, either for year 6 or post 16 transition, or as a filler at the end of term, these are great. 

If you visit the ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ exhibition at Chatsworth House the exhibition handbook is an A6 set of cards with images of the products in the exhibition on one side and information on the other. The cards are great as a design inspiration and research tool and at £5 they are very reasonably priced. See more about the exhibition on my Facebook page. 

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Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Sat 13th June, Nottingham & Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool NEW DATES & VENUES ADDED

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
Tues 23rd June, Nottingham

A Beginners Guide to Electronics NEW
Wed 1 July & Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
Fri 3 July, London

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School NEW
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Exam Technique 

Exam season is now well under way. Some D&T exams are all done and dusted but there are still a few coming up over the next couple of weeks. 

I am currently marking GCSE scripts and unsurprisingly it’s a reminder of how important exam technique is. With 8000 questions to mark, and several hours every day marking the same thing over and over again, you soon want to scream ‘read the question’ or any of those other things teachers tell students to do! 

Here are a few things that stand out in my marking that might help those students yet to sit exams write the best possible answer. These points are unlikely to be anything new to most teachers but it is frustrating to see so many students losing out on marks so easily.

  • Avoid using any of the words in the question in the answer, especially if the answer is a short one consisting of a sentence or two. This includes words that are a version of the original word e.g. past tense, or a word as a noun or verb linked to the original. 
  • Give a detailed answer. Using things like PEE (point, explanation & example) is helping some students add a little more detail so they are gaining extra marks. 
  • Think ‘what, where, when, why & how’ when structuring an answer as this also helps give extra detail to help gain marks. 
  • If in doubt guess! Some students are just randomly writing down keywords where they clearly don’t know the answer and you would be surprised  how often this can gain a mark. This also reflects how important it is to teach keywords. 
  • The board I am marking for uses ‘positive marking’ so only the answers that are correct are considered even if there are other bits to the answer that are wrong. In some cases it is clear students have added an afterthought at the end of an answer but it has been that afterthought that has gained them the mark. Students shouldn’t waffle and write excessively, but if they have finished the paper and have time, it’s well worth going back through answers they aren’t sure about and adding a bit of extra information. 


A final thought on exams is a free poster from www.designthinking.ac. It might be a reminder to those students that are flagging to keep up the effort. The poster is only on offer for a limited period so don’t delay downloading it by visiting http://goo.gl/KpvOua


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

A Celebration of Polyester! 

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One of the links on my Facebook page over half term was about Lorraine Bowen, one of the semi finalists on Britain’s Got Talent. I have mentioned her polyester song before but it is well worth a mention again, especially with the A2 exam on the horizon. Lorraine even has her own comedy show, ‘Polyester Fiesta', celebrating polyester, as well as a website of the same name. As well as the polyester song on Lorraine's website there are several other videos, although  not all suitable for use in school.  The clip from the One Show is a good one to watch as it has some good info on how polyester is made.

www.polyesterfiesta.com is Lorraine Bowen's website and the videos can be found at http://www.polyesterfiesta.com/Polyester_Fiesta%21/Movies.html  

http://bit.ly/1nsCSob - how Nike recycle plastic bottles into football jerseys

http://goo.gl/g1F5oV - lots of information on polyester including spinning 

http://polartec.com & http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/home - Polartec & Patagonia who use recycled polyester for some of their high tech fabrics

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Find out more about teaching the specification content for AS & A2 Product Design Textiles, including ideas on teaching fibres and fabrics, on my A level courses including the one on 2nd July. Visit http://goo.gl/W96X9e for more information.

 

Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum   Mon 29 June, Nottingham

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, London & Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham NEW DATE & VENUE

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School NEW
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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Cycles, degree shows, & A Level textiles revision

Wishing Everyone a Fabulous Half Term!

It’s half term at last! Here’s hoping for some nice sunny weather over the next week to help everyone recharge their batteries after a challenging term of controlled assessment, and revision. If you are looking for some D&T related trips over half term don’t forget there are suggestions listed on my website page here

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Now that the exam season has officially started the planning is beginning in many schools for the end of exams prom. As well as working as an education consultant my husband, Paul, is also a professional photographer and one of his specialist areas is prom and events photos. He offers a profit share scheme where the school actually makes money for every photo that taken at an event. There are no initial costs to the school and photos can be printed and taken away on the night. 

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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision Ergonomically designed pen. 

What might the exam question be where this product is used as an example in the answer?

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

On Your Bike!

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The Tour De Yorkshire took place at the beginning of May, and the Milk Race is in Nottingham this weekend, so cycling has a high profile at the moment. The Milk Race is an exciting city cycling event with both professional and public races and events. 

http://goo.gl/UBZSHR  - short animation on the evolution of the bicycle (via @GTaylorSTEM‬) 

http://goo.gl/v8RGRu - resources on the National STEM Centre website about Brompton Bicycles. There are a range of resources aimed at different strands of D&T including food, graphics, textiles, RM & systems

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http://goo.gl/6dRtmN - architect designed wooden bicycle frame (via @KimDTE & @Gizmodo)

http://bit.ly/1FBgXbI - how aluminium mountain bikes are made and tested

http://bit.ly/1AfeLo6 - how a carbon fibre bike is made

http://goo.gl/gTllfQ - range of cycling clothing and accessories



Are You in a Leicestershire School?

If you work in a Leicestershire school you might be interested in a FREE after school workshop my husband, Paul Boyd, is running on 11th June from 4 - 6.30pm at Beaumont Leys School. 

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This session is organised by the Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC) and the focus in on using iPads in the D&T classroom. This will be an introductory session which will include how to connect your iPad, using the iPad for CAD, video & editing and using the iPad as a teaching & Learning tool. Even if you only have limited access to iPads at school this session will give you some ideas on how you can use the iPad as a creation device rather than just using it as a media tool. Many of the apps that will be shown can be used for all subject areas within D&T. There will be a number of iPads available to use in the training but you can also bring your own. 

For more details about the session telephone Judith Payne at 0116 240 7000 or email judith.payne@leics-ebc.org.uk 

If you are a Leicestershire school you might also be interested in the JambleD&T Leicestershire group set up by James Bleach. This is a local forum to support networking and sharing across the county. There are also similar groups across for other counties. To find your local group search for JambleD&T and then add you county. For more information visit the information page on the JambleD&T website. 

If you are a Leicestershire school changing from being a KS3 or KS4 school to being an 11-16 school take a look at the new course I am running in July on becoming an all through school. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Sat 13th June, Nottingham (& Fri 9th Oct London, Wed 14 Oct Liverpool) NEW DATES & VENUES ADDED

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
Tues 23rd June, Nottingham

A Beginners Guide to Electronics NEW
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
Fri 3 July, London

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School NEW
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

Visiting Degree Shows 

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Not only are our GCSE and A level students coming to the end of their courses but so are Further and Higher Education students. That means that there are a huge number of degree and other shows coming up. 

Encourage students to visit any local end of course shows for inspiration and ideas for coursework and controlled assessment, as well as to help them consider courses and careers for the future. These shows can be very motivating, helping to give students direction and something to aspire to.

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If you can’t arrange a school trip why not set a visit to a show as a homework, or get students who are unable to travel to follow Twitter and Facebook feeds from local universities. 

Don’t forget many colleges and universities will also come into school to do talks to students for free and most also have funding to run events and taster days.  

Check out the websites for your local university and colleges to find out dates of shows and events. 

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New Designers in London is also an excellent event to attend. 3000 of Britain’s most promising graduates showcase their work across a number of days in June and July. The event is open to the public and there are also dedicated school days. Find out more at http://www.newdesigners.com/



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

A Level Revision 

The GCSE textiles exam is out of the way so there’s just the A level one to worry about now! 

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Below are a few links to drip feed to your students over half term to keep them thinking about their exam. Don’t forget there are lots of short #ThinkDo activities on my website as well as on my Facebook page. If you have school Facebook or Twitter accounts, or platforms such as Edmodo, the #ThinkDo activities might be useful to share to keep students thinking about textiles, especially those who might not do too much revision. You could also use my Pinterest folders for those who like to keep revision visual. The links might also be useful to support lessons for all year groups after half term. 

http://goo.gl/xSRSSx - environmentally friendly fibres 

http://bit.ly/1tJScUT - useful summary about weaving. This website also has a wide range of other posts that are useful for A level revision. 

http://www.fabricdictionary.com - online textiles dictionary

http://bit.ly/1nsCSob - short video on how Nike recycles plastic bottles to make football jerseys

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http://www.tedresearch.net/online-resources/resource-sheets/ - issues linked to the environment and links for further reading. (via KT O’rton via Textiles Surgery Facebook group)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s5w5JOFIIw - short video on sustainability and fashion (via Michelle Hampson on Textiles Surgery Facebook group) 

http://truecostmovie.com - documentary movie about fast fashion and its impact. This is available from May 29th so there is just time to fit it in before the exam! You can go to a live screening or buy the film on iTunes. 

If you are looking for support with developing your A level course take a look at the courses coming up on 9th June, 2nd July & 12th October


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) 

Sat 6 June, Nottingham

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3   Tues 9 June, York

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum   Mon 29 June, Nottingham

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, London (& Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham) NEW DATE & VENUE

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School NEW
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


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Local networking groups, team work, & last minute textiles revision

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Those of you who follow my Facebook page will have noticed I have a new format for some of my #ThinkDo activities. Some are now a collection of images rather than just one, along with relevant thinking points. The images are presented together along with the thinking point saving you having to do this yourself. This means you can print them out and they are ready to use in your classroom straight away.  Over time you will have a ready made set of cards that can be used as starters, plenaries, discussion prompts etc. The questions and thinking points are often based on exam questions and all of them are designed to get students thinking about the application of D&T in the real world. 

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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision What is the name of this fabric? How is the pattern created? 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

GCSE & A Level Update

If you feel confused about what is happening with GCSE and A level D&T take a look at this summary by Andy Mitchell from D&TA. It doesn’t give us any definite answers as the decision making process is still ongoing, but it does help explain what is going on behind the scenes, and might help you feel a little more informed.  
Click here to view the summary on the D&T Association website. 

Local Networking Groups

As well as his main JambleD&T Facebook group James Bleach has now set up individual pages for each county. The aim is to provide a forum to support local networking groups who might share ideas, visit each other, and set up local Teach Meets. 

I am on the Nottingham and Leicestershire groups as much of the work I do is in these areas. The Leicestershire group only has a few members at the moment and anyone in this area might want to add themselves to the group especially if you are one of the schools making the transition from being a KS3 or an upper school to an all through 11-16 school. This group might provide some great opportunities for Leicestershire schools to network and share ideas during the changeover. (Also take a look at the new course I am running in July on becoming an all through school). 

To find your local networking group search for JambleD&T and then add you county. For more information visit the information page on the JambleD&T website. While you are on the site take a look at some of the fab resources that are on there, many of which are free. 

Qualy Designs

http://www.qualydesign.com - take a look at the fabulous quirky designs by Qualy including this keyring holder. Great, simple but effective ideas that are a great inspiration if students are a bit stuck when doing their own designing, whether it be for their exam or controlled assessment. 

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Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Sat 13th June, Nottingham (& Fri 9th Oct London, Wed 14 Oct Liverpool) ADDITIONAL DATES & VENUES ADDED

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Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
Tues 23rd June, Nottingham

A Beginners Guide to Electronics NEW
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

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New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
Fri 3 July, London

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School NEW
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Team Work 

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You may already have seen different videos with people playing ‘Cups’ from Pitch Perfect as there are lots of them around. Both of the videos below are worth a look if you haven’t seen them and maybe even a revisit if you have. They might be great in tutor time to generate discussion about how a team can do amazing things when they work together. Another message might also be about how practise makes perfect and how time invested is worthwhile in the long term - a pertinent message for GCSE and A Level students facing exams. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtfk0bZVRM  - this video shows a very large group working together to play ‘Cups'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1aOg_UO_A  - this video only includes 4 people but is still good at showing teamwork



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Last Minute Revision! 

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With the GCSE exam so close now lots of people have asked for advice on the best last minute revision to do with students. There is no right answer to this as anything that engages students and makes them think about textiles is a good thing. 

One of the more challenging questions on the paper will be the QWC question and a popular focus for this question are areas such as industrial manufacture, and sustainability. Smart and modern materials is also a common focus for this question and it is possible that there might be questions on this in both the design part of the paper as well as later on in other sections. These might all be good areas to give one last push on in your final lesson, especially for more able students as the QWC question in particular tends to be worth quite a few marks. 

http://www.ekocyclemovement.com is Will.i.am’s Ekocycle brand and its a great way to get students thinking about sustainability. Get them to take a look in Monsoon and H&M to see the labels and marketing on display in the stores, all of which indicate that both companies see this as an important ‘value adding’ area for consumers. Alternatively if there isn’t time to go out shopping both brands have some useful information on their websites. 

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Click here to see a #ThinkDo from Monsoon on ethical trading

Click here to see a leaflet from H&M on sustainability 

Click here to visit my student website with information on sustainability 

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Click here to visit my student website with information on smart & modern materials


Enter My Competition

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For many schools study leave is a thing of the past with students having to be in school right up until their last exam. Some students even have to go to normal lessons even if they have already taken the exam in that subject area. As the textiles exam is one of the first that’s a lot of potential restless students! If you are in this position and looking for something for students to do that is both productive and calming why not get them to enter my competition? The winning student wins an embellisher for their school and a different prize for themselves. Find out more on the 2015 competition page.  

Use my Pinterest page on the theme to help students gather inspiration. Encourage students to focus on unusual interpretations of the theme rather than literal ones as that is what the judges will be looking for. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum
Mon 18 May, Nottingham LAST FEW DAYS TO BOOK

Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) 
Sat 6 June, Nottingham

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3   Tues 9 June, York

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum   Mon 29 June, Nottingham

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, London (& Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham) NEW DATE & VENUE

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

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The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School NEW
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

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To view other blogs I write on coaching, education & those interested in my work as a designer maker click on the links on the side barhttp://www.qualydesign.com

Designing by accident, using Post Its, & Teflon

The blog is back to normal this week after a week where it went out late and not in its usual format! I mentioned last week that I am starting to use my Facebook page more so you will see lots of references to this in this week’s blog. It is a much easier forum for me to add quick updates to during the week than the website or blog. It also means that if you ‘like’ the page you can see updates immediately without having to search for them on the website. I will also be launching regular limited offer free resources that you will only be able to access via Facebook. There are 2 offers on at the moment, one on Biomimicry and one on Smart and Modern Textiles but don’t delay visiting the page as they are only on offer until mid May. 

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#ThinkDo

Quick activities that include a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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A duffin - a cross between a doughnut and a muffin! What products can you combine to create something new?

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Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 


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See daily ideas, photos, resources & limited offer giveaways on FacebookThis week’s Facebook updates have included: 

2 limited offer giveaway T&L activities on Smart & Modern Textiles & Biomimicry (offer ends 15th & 22nd May), ergonomics, wetsuits, innovative baby products & too many others to mention!

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Designing by Accident 

The KS3 curriculum has increased the profile of iterative design. There is also lots of talk in education at the moment of the value of learning through mistakes and failure. With both of these things in mind here are some links to things that were designed by accident when the designer was experimenting with other ideas and didn’t quite end up with what they started out to design! 

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http://goo.gl/PkffkD - find out about the history of Post Its and accidental discovery of  repositionable adhesive. Ironically 3M were actually trying to develop a strong, tough glue which is quite the opposite of what they ended up with. 

http://goo.gl/W1tqVv - William Perkin's discovery of the first synthetic dye whilst trying to create an anti malarial drug 

http://goo.gl/hi45Dj - W.K. Kellogg was trying to make granola but ended up with his famous cornflakes instead!

http://goo.gl/bhQ2CH - scientists at DuPont were working with refrigerants when they accidentally discovered PTFE, now commonly known as teflon and used for a variety of things from non stick pans, to architecture. 

http://list25.com/?p=8817 - find out more about the accidental designs & inventions listed above along with lots more including crisps, saccharin, Velcro, Play Doh, Slinkies and microwave ovens. 

If you are looking for support with iterative design, and other areas of the KS3 curriculum, these will be covered in the following courses:

KS3 Textiles: Planning and outstanding & Engaging Curriculum  (18 May, Nottingham)

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department  (23 June, Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T  (3 July, London)

 

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Innovative Baby Products by Boon

Boots have a range of innovative baby feeding and bath products by Boon. They are worth a look both in store and on their website www.booninc.com 

Download the free Boon #ThinkDo activity on my Facebook page


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

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Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
Tues 23rd June, Nottingham 
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An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Sat 13th June, Nottingham NEW

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T
Fri 3 July, London

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Using Post Its in Lessons 

If you use the Post It link above and think about accidental design why not then do some classroom activities using Post Its?

  • There are a variety of shaped Post Its available and The Range have these t.shirt shaped sticky notes for £1 for a set of 3. They are great for a quick designing activity. 
  • Post Its are great for quick starters and plenaries that show progression e.g. 3 keywords from the lesson, something new learnt in the lesson plus a question to ask the teacher, peer assessment feedback to another student. See other teaching and learning ideas on this great blog http://wp.me/p3MDcp-8P
  • Can’t afford Post Its? Make your own using repositionable glue such as Elmer’s repositionable glue sticks
  • http://goo.gl/y3u5MM - a template that allows you to print directly onto sticky notes  



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Wacky Product Combinations

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A couple of weeks ago on my Facebook page I included photos of a suit jacket and hoodie combined, as well as a duffin, a product in Tesco that is marketed as a cross between a doughnut and a muffin (and which is the #ThinkDo resource for this week). Both of these products are great for getting students to think about designing and creating new products by combining ones that already exist. Visit my Facebook page to see the photos.

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For other ideas and some weird and wacky garment combinations visit http://goo.gl/DbHEEe. This link includes Quiksilver’s ‘True Wetsuit’ that doubles as a business suit. See my Facebook page for photos and ideas on wetsuits as well as information & videos on the True Wetsuit


Teflon: a Great Accidental Discovery or a Health Hazard?

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Teflon is one of the accidental discoveries mentioned in the first section of the blog. It became famous for its use on non stick pans but in textiles it is also used as a water and stain resistant fabric finish. 

Teflon is a brand name so look out for references to PTFE, particularly in the A level Product Design textiles qualification. There is great debate about health issues related to PTFE & this makes a good discussion point for A level students in particular, especially considering the wide range of fabrics & finishes that use PTFE in some way. Use these links to get the discussion going. 

http://goo.gl/p3zujD - DuPont website with information on how Teflon works, what it is used for etc.

http://goo.gl/NNuU4q - information on eVent, a PTFE membrane used to protect those in extreme wind and rain e.g. the forces and the police (includes a video)

http://goo.gl/4h6Bpf - article by The Ecologist on the health concerns linked to PTFE

Take a look at my Facebook for a #ThinkDo activity on PTFE

If you are looking for support with A level Product Design Textiles, including how to structure the course, plus activities and exam technique, take a look at the range of courses I run at http://goo.gl/W96X9e (including one in York on 9th June and London on 2nd July).


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum
Mon 18 May, Nottingham ONE WEEK TO BOOK

Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming)
Sat 6 June, Nottingham

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3   Tues 9 June, York

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum   Mon 29 June, Nottingham

Introduction to A level Textiles 
Thurs 2 July, London

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Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event
Sat 3 October, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook for lots of ideas & activities in between blogs


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

Click here to view a summary of blog resources indexed to help you find resources more easily  

To view other blogs I write on coaching, education & those interested in my work as a designer maker click on the links on the side bar


Free Resource Offers

It has been a bit of a busy week so the blog is a couple of days late, and isn’t in the usual format, as I haven’t had time to include lots of new links and ideas. There are, however, lots of links below to resources and ideas already on my website that might support lesson planning. The full blog will be back as normal at the end of the week. 

As well as my weekly blog I am also starting to develop my Facebook page with several updates being added a week. These include lesson ideas, photos and other resources. I often find things that aren’t suitable for the weekly blog, or there are simply too many bits of information to include in the blog itself, and my Facebook page is often a better place to share them.

I will also be using my Facebook page in the future to promote free resource downloads. Facebook is a good forum for me to do this from as it is easier for me to manage than the blog and the website. Note each resource will only be on offer for a short time and and the resources generally won’t be available elsewhere for free.

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As I can’t include lots of new links and ideas in this week’s newsletter I have extended the Facebook free resource offer on smart & modern materials that was supposed to finish on 30th April, as well as adding an additional new free resource on biomimicry. The smart and modern resource is likely to be of most interest to textiles teachers but the biomimicry resource is relevant to all D&T teachers. 

Details on how to download the free resources are on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/julieboydonline). Note the downloads might not be supported on mobile devices. Don’t delay as the resources are only available until 15th and 22nd May 2015 respectively. 

If you would like to get notifications on when free resource downloads are released simply ‘like’ my Facebook page. Don’t worry I only post D&T and teaching and learning information and I can’t see your posts. The images below are just some of the content that has been included over the last week. Visit the page to see other images and the ideas and resources that went with them. www.facebook.com/julieboydonline

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Free Resources

Everyone loves a freebie! Each week I share freebies in a number of different formats and I hope they support your lesson planning. Note that all photos, text & ideas can be used in your classroom but can’t be shared or sold without permission. 

#ThinkDo

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Quick activities that include a photo & thinking point. I share these on my website, on Facebook and on other social media. One is also included in the blog each week. Find out more about #ThinkDo activities at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

Are you on Instagram?

Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Even if you don’t use Instagram yourself your students might & the activities might be useful for homework & revision. See my Instagram


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

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  • See D&T resources from past blogs indexed in one place to help you easily find what you want. Each link takes you to the newsletter featuring the resource http://goo.gl/aVWXYL 
  • See the free to download images that have appeared in previous newsletters http://goo.gl/1Mx1sj 
  • See a range of #ThinkDo revision activities for D&T http://goo.gl/j4VwNd
  • See the full range of free resources on my website at http://goo.gl/NP8Gj7 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department 
(Tues 23rd June, Nottingham)  NEW COURSE


An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
(Sat 13th June, Nottingham) 
NEW COURSE


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
(Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request & these will then be marketed to anyone, all at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

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  • See T&L resources from past blogs indexed in one place to help you easily find what you want. Each link takes you to the blog featuring the resource http://goo.gl/09sRoG 
  • Visit the ‘Coaching’ section in the main menu bar to see resources on coaching 
  • Visit the ‘Education’ section in the main menu bar to see teaching and learning resources including ones on AFL, how boys learn, and higher level thinking


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

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  • See D&T textiles resources from past blogs indexed in one place to help you easily find what you want. Each link takes you to the blog featuring the resource http://goo.gl/9ZQvZv
  • See a range of free e-textiles resources including project ideas and ‘how to’ resources http://goo.gl/mtxWQj 
  • Visit my website for textiles students to see a range of resources including a range of #ThinkDo activities www.textileshotline.co.uk 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills 
(Thurs 7 May, Nottingham) LAST FEW DAYS TO BOOK

KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum
(Mon 18 May, Nottingham) 2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK


GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam
(Tues 26 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) 
(Sat 6 June, Nottingham)

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)


STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (
Mon 29 June, Nottingham)

Introduction to A level Textiles 
(Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event
(Sat 3 October, Nottingham)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request & these will then be marketed to anyone, all at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


VE Day activities, tutor time resources, & life cycle analysis

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Last week I mentioned a new course that has just been added to the course calendar called Leading an Outstanding D&T Department . This week another new one has been released called An Introduction to 3D Software and 3D Printing for Beginners. The full course calendar can be viewed at http://goo.gl/hcaSxKDon’t forget that all courses can also be delivered in school so remember this if you are thinking ahead to any curriculum developments and planning you are doing over the summer term. Please try and contact us as early as possible if you are looking for in school support in June and July in particular as these tend to be our busiest times. 

 

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

VE Day Commemorations

Friday 8 May 2015 is the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. The occasion will be commemorated with events across the UK and the following links may provide inspiration if you are aiming to mark the day, either in your D&T classroom, or as part of tutor time:

http://goo.gl/YZikuy - the official page on how VE day will be commemorated across the country 

http://www.veday.org.uk/schools/ - a resource by The Royal British Legion with ideas for tutor time and assemblies, as well as ideas on recipes & other activities

http://www.iwm.org.uk/node/4049 - great resource that takes you on a tour of a 1940s house looking at the styling, decor, furnishings & furniture 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/node/4166 - posters from the Imperial War Museum, including ones on ‘Make do & Mend’, growing your own food and recycling and its uses.

http://goo.gl/aiGpjA - very useful summary about the role of women in the Second World War (particularly useful for A level textiles)

Logo Design Links

http://goo.gl/YE2e5Z -  the development of some famous logos, some of which have changed beyond all recognition (via AbbiS on Pinterest)

http://f-st.co/JSJMEfv - interview with logo designer Ivan Chermayeff

http://goo.gl/8pD7eA - the power of colour in a logo (via @AcaciaIdeas)

http://goo.gl/Mskx6 - designing a successful logo (via @MrPriceDT & @CreativeBloq)


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Leading an Outstanding D&T Department (Tues 23rd June, Nottingham) NEW COURSE


An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners (Sat 13th June, Nottingham) NEW COURSE


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 

Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?

Don’t forget we offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request & these will then be marketed to anyone, all at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Support for Tutor Time Activities 

Last week my blog included lots of resources related to exam stress that are suitable for use, both with tutor groups, and within D&T lessons. Some of the resources were from The Samaritans website and, as well as the resources listed last week, the website has a number of useful resources, including lesson plans, linked to other stressful situations for young people. These include coping with change, building resilience, positive thinking, and being assertive. 

Visit http://www.samaritans.org/node/1853 to find out more

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If you are looking at these types of issues in tutor time they might also find the PSHE Association website useful and this has the most up to date Programme of Study along with guidance on its implementation as well as a range of teacher resources and guides https://www.pshe-association.org.uk 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Life Cycle Analysis

A popular focus for the QWC question for many of the exam boards are issues linked to sustainability. Here are some useful links related to one area of sustainability, life cycle analysis:

http://bit.ly/WnWVMk - Life cycle analysis of a pair of jeans (click on the grey ‘life cycle research’ box at the bottom of the page as it takes you to a useful PDF)

http://goo.gl/ernq1k - a presentation on life cycle analysis (I am not sure what the source for this was but the names of the authors are on the first slide)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXPuuwAhtQo - video on Nike’s ‘Making’ app enabling students to reflect on and compare different fibres and their use of water/chemicals etc.

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The book ‘A practical guide to sustainable fashion’ by Alison Gwilt has some excellent information on anything environmental and it is very student friendly. Chaper 2 focuses on the life cycle of a garment and it has some excellent explanations and really useful diagrams and flow charts. It also has exercises at the end of the book students can do and these are good for use as a one off or as part of the coursework.

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www.ecolabel.eu - Ecolabel website, a voluntary European standard that helps consumers identify products and services that have a reduced impact throughout their life cycle. 

For more information linked to sustainability visit the 'Let’s Learn' page on my website for textiles students 


Free Smart & Modern Resource 

As well as this weekly blog I use my Facebook page to add additional updates throughout the week. I include things I have seen when I am out, revision and classroom activities and anything else D&T related (although there is a bit of bias towards textiles I must admit!). If you find the content of the blog useful, and you are on Facebook, you might therefore find my Facebook page useful as well. Don’t worry I can’t see your feed and it’s all D&T related. 

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I will also be starting to use my Facebook page more to share information, especially short snippets that aren’t suitable for my blog. This started off last week with a free smart and modern resource offer for anyone who new who ‘liked’ the page, or who was already a member of the group (just send me a direct message from the Facebook page). There is still time to get the free resource until the end of April. 

If anyone is still waiting for the resource, check your ‘others’ message folder as I have sent out quite a few direct messages via Facebook that I have had no reply to. If there is no message in your ‘others’ folder drop me a quick email at julie@julieboyd.co.uk. Some people have had problems finding the resource when they have downloaded it as they haven’t been sure where it is on their computer. Just do a quick search for the file name ‘ThinkDo Smart & Modern Resource’.

You can see more information on the resource in last week’s blog 

Click here to visit the Facebook page 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam Tues 26 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)


STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)

Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 

Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?

Don’t forget we offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request & these will then be marketed to anyone, all at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Free Photo Download

#ThinkDo

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What are the disadvantages of copying an existing design?


Save to your download folder. Click on the image to see a larger image. You can also see this image on my Instagram and Flickr

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

Click here to view a summary of blog resources indexed to help you find resources more easily  

To view other blogs I write on coaching, education & those interested in my work as a designer maker click on the links on the side bar

Designing resources, coping with exam stress & a free textiles revision resource giveaway

I hope everyone had a good Easter break even though this holiday is generally taken up with a lot of moderating and marking of coursework and revision planning. 

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Over the break I have been getting ready for courses coming up this term (don’t forget it’s your last chance to book for the Introduction to E-textiles course coming up on 24th April). I have also had a request to add a couple of new courses to the current calendar. The details about 'Leading an Outstanding D&T Department’ on 23rd June can be seen by clicking here. The second new course, ‘An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners’ (13th June) isn’t on the website yet but details will be available soon. You can get further details on the second course by emailing paulboyd@mac.com. Both courses are suitable for all D&T teachers.

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Don’t forget anyone can request a course of their choice to be added to the calendar. The course is opened up to everyone and there’s no additional charge just because you requested it. Why not build a course into your Performance Review conversation or as part of your gained time?  Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Focus on Designing

Coursework and controlled assessment may pretty much be over for year 11s but there is still lots of designing thinking going on with the up and coming exams. Many schools have also started year 10 on their controlled assessment journey so the links below on designing will be relevant to them too. Anyone reviewing their approach to designing as part of the new KS3 curriculum (and KS4 & 5 when they are released) might also find these links useful. 

http://www.palettefx.com - brilliant and easy to use web site that allows you to generate colour palettes from your own photos

http://goo.gl/PtQjdB - a ‘how to’ guide from the Design Council outlining 10 steps to running a design workshop.

http://www.designkit.org/resources/1 - an IDEO resource that is free to download and which focuses on human centred design

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http://goo.gl/59eyJm - PDF information on a free design tool from Loughborough university showing how industrial designers use sketches, modelling and prototyping. The PDF could be used to print out the cards or alternatively you can download the cards as an app on your phone http://goo.gl/Vo35dG. This link takes you to a short video on how to use the app http://goo.gl/rGmf2O 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

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Leading an Outstanding D&T Department (Tues 23rd June, Nottingham)

NEW COURSE

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An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners (Sat 13th June, Nottingham) NEW COURSE

Details available soon


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 

Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?

Don’t forget we offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request & these will then be marketed to anyone, all at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Coping with Exam Stress

As we start an all important term for revision now is the time students (and teachers!) start to feel the stress levels rising. Support students with the stress of exams using ideas from these links. They are useful for both lesson and tutor group time.  

http://www.samaritans.org/node/1866 PSHE - lesson plan from The Samaritans on exam stress and how we each have different ways of coping 

http://goo.gl/Yb4HgL - suggestions from The Guardian Teacher Network on how to support students with exam stress 

http://bit.ly/1q0i75v - tips from the NHS on exam stress including a good 5 minute video suitable for showing to students

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https://www.examtime.com/en-GB/ - website aimed at students with tips and tools for revision 

If you are looking for a cheap pressies for your exam students Poundland have sets of 4 mini colouring pencils for £1. These are great for the designing questions and will save lots of running round on exam day looking for crayons!


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

FREE Revision Resource Giveaway!

I am giving away a FREE resource that might be useful when revising smart and modern materials with students. 

All you have to do to receive the resource is like my Facebook page (it’s my business page not my personal one). Click here to visit the page and you will be sent a direct message on how to download the resource. If you are already a member of my Facebook page you can still receive the resource by sending me a direct message from my Facebook page and I will send you the download as well (click on ‘message’ and note replies will go into your ’Others’ folder). 

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The resource is in PDF format and can be printed out as A6 cards which can be laminated. It is ideal for use as starters, and plenaries or as an introduction to a longer classroom activity. 

It consists of 8 images (Goretex, photochromic thread, bullet proof vest, reflective tape, Speedo Fastskin, phosphorescence, high vis jacket, and a cushion radio) which are considered from 4 different perspectives and which can be printed onto the back of the photo. These are: Let’s Learn (information on the photo), Quick Questions (#ThinkDo questions on the image), Exam Questions (past exam questions linked to the image), and Product Analysis (#ThinkDo product analysis activities linked to the image). The resource also comes with a short introduction about using the cards. 

This resource is currently not available anywhere else to download and is limited to anyone liking my Facebook page. The offer is available until the end of April 2015. 


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Something that has been included on my Facebook page this week has been some information on Biba, the fashion brand that was at its height in the 60s and 70s. This information might be particularly useful if you have students looking at the history of fashion from those eras. 

http://goo.gl/spP5SB - History of Biba on the V&A website
http://goo.gl/1Wc9Ba - History of Biba on Design Museum website
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 - The Biba website today relaunched by House of Fraser

If you look at my Facebook entry for 15th April you will also see a range of photos showing the Biba range in House of Fraser.


Competitions to Enter

If you are looking for something to motivate students during revision time how about getting them to enter a competition? My competition to win an embellisher machine for the school the student attends (plus a prize for the student) is a good opportunity for a bit of practical revision http://goo.gl/kU99i9. This competition is also great if you are looking for a project idea for KS3 in the summer term or perhaps something for an after school club. 

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For something that involves a bit less work, what about the Young Fashion Designer UK competition? Students can submit copies of pages from their controlled assessment, along with a photo of their final product. For more information visit http://goo.gl/nNDmYp


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)

FINAL WEEK TO BOOK THIS COURSE

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)


Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 

Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?

Don’t forget we offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request & these will then be marketed to anyone, all at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Free Photo Download

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Pharrell Williams and his range for Adidas. What are the benefits to a company of celebrity endorsements & marketing?

Save to your download folder. Click on the image to see a larger image. You can also see this image on my Instagram and Flickr

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission


To receive this blog via email each week email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 

All images & text are the copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be sold or reproduced in any way without permission

Click here to view a summary of blog resources indexed to help you find resources more easily  

To view other blogs I write on coaching, education & those interested in my work as a designer maker click on the links on the side bar

D&T places to visit over Easter & revision planning

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A big thank you to anyone who visited my stand at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show at the NEC last week. This is the third year I have been at the show and it was the busiest yet, with loads of D&T teachers popping along for a chat, and to take part in the mini e-textiles workshops. Apologies to anyone who couldn’t get a place on the workshops or who didn’t get the chance to chat for longer because it was busy. For those of you that didn’t get a chance to find out more about the new e-textiles project ideas that were launched at the show they will be included as part of the Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners course on 24th April. 

Click here to see more about this year’s show

This is the last blog until after the Easter break and I hope everyone manages to get a little bit of time out in between the marking and moderating!


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

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D&T Related Places to Visit Over Easter

Schools break up at different times over the next week or so but the Easter holidays are just around the corner for everyone. This time of year is often taken up with marking, moderating, and getting revision resources ready but if you have time for a day out why not try the following D&T related visits:

Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire - exhibition of contemporary seating including work by Thomas Heatherwick and Moritz Waldemeyer (28th March - 23rd October)

Wimbledon Tennis Museum - The museum showcases all things tennis including equipment, clothing, memorabilia, trophies, film footage and interactive displays

The Good Food Show (10th - 12th April), Harrogate 

Savage Beauty  - exhibition at the V&A celebrating the work of Alexander McQueen (until 2nd August)

Fashion on the Ration at The Imperial War Museum - how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing of the 1940s (until 31st August)

Click here for more ideas on places to visit over the Easter holiday 

(Check all dates and venues before travelling)


GCSE D&T Option Survey

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Following on from increasing concerns from schools about the drop in numbers opting for GCSE, and the impact of Progress 8 and the Ebacc, the D&T Association carried out a short survey to get an overview of the problem. The results have been shared with the DfE who have been urged to show greater commitment to supporting D&T in schools. You can see more about this survey and the results at http://goo.gl/sz5CZR


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Scratch Card Revision

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In the past I have mentioned a link I found on Pinterest some years ago that shows you how to make your own scratch cards using acrylic paint and washing up liquid. I have used this idea successfully in a number of different teaching and learning situations both with adults and students. It is something a bit different and it’s a great idea to support revision, or just for everyday use. If you don’t have time to make your own scratch cards try getting students to make them for their peers.

http://bit.ly/1buivXl - video that shows you how to make your own scratch cards using acrylic paint and washing up liquid. My only comment would be that I have found black paint better to use than silver as silver often needs a second coat as the print underneath can still be seen. 

http://www.scratchlabels.co.uk - this is a company who sell scratch card stickers so that you don’t have to make your own. You are more restricted on sizes and it is more expensive but this is a much quicker way of using the scratch card idea. 100 labels start off at around £5 including postage. It is probably too expensive to use the bought stickers on a regular basis but this could be a way of adding a bit of fun every now and again.


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Revision Planning

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If you are looking for a short practical project you can link to revision why not use my 2015 competition as the focus? Any resources you produce could also be used with other year groups as the competition is open until the end of the summer term. The school the winning student attends gets an embellisher worth £249 and the student receives an additional prize. There are also runner up and teacher prizes. Click here for more information. 

If you are planning revision resources over the holiday take a look at these links and ideas:

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Fashion Face Off and Style Wards are Top Trumps cards that might be useful for revision activities (the first is focused on female fashion and the second on males). Thanks to Sarah Robson-Smith for letting me know about these cards. Sarah found them in Waterstones and they are also available on Amazon. 

http://goo.gl/btMieS -   miCoach sensor football by Adidas. Although this isn’t a garment it fits the AQA pre-release paper theme of science and technology and could be good to use for inspiration 

http://kck.st/1BCjmO2 - Kickstarter project for a smart phone controlled LED dog vest. AQA never said the garment for the pre-release them had to be human! 

http://www.bionicyarn.com - high performance yarn that uses waste plastic retrieved from the seas. The project aims to reduce the amount of pollution whilst creating high tech, high performance fibres. 

http://bit.ly/1Cbj8Ok - ethically produced banana fibre fabrics

www.textileshotline.co.uk - take a look at the ‘Revision’ and ‘Let’s Learn’ sections of my website for textiles students. There are lots of free resources for both students and teachers to use, including resources linked to the science and technology theme for the AQA pre-release paper.

www.pinterest.com/textileshotline - I have a wide range of Pinterest boards that might support revision including some relevant to the AQA pre-release paper

http://goo.gl/gD8D3P - a link to the teaching and learning resources I sell, which include one GCSE revision, as well as one on modern, smart and electronic textiles.


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



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What functions might e-textiles add to a textiles product? How does this add value to the product for the consumer?

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Designing & prototyping, assessment without levels & revising denim

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All the final preparations are being made this week for my stand at the Sewing for Pleasure/Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch show at the NEC next week (March 19th -22nd). Because of the show there will be no blog next week but it will return the following week as normal. 

Come and see me showcasing e-textiles on stand ZN22 if you visit the show (just behind the main fashion show stage). This will include new e-textiles projects. If you can’t make the show but want to see the new projects they will be included in the e-textiiles course for beginners on 24th April (click here for more details on the course)

Click here to find out more about the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Designing

With the exam coming up soon, get students thinking about design, and in particular how they can approach design questions in a more innovative way:

http://bit.ly/1EkRQ9T - 8 design projects in less than a minute by designer Pierre Lota.  (via Nia Sian Hogarth on Product Design Surgery Facebook page). Also take a look at his You Tube channel http://bit.ly/1wUVlh4 as well as his website http://pierrelota.com. The website is in French but many of the videos have no voice overs and there is lots of useful information on the website.  The 8 design projects would be a good exercise to do in the classroom. 

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If you don’t want to do something on quite such a big scale try a more basic approach by getting students to use everyday objects such as pen lids, pencil shavings, & pegs to generate a range of designs http://goo.gl/fpfPzs

http://www.sketch-a-day.com - Spencer Nugent does a sketch a day and archives them on his website. Great drawing inspiration for students especially as many of his sketches have videos where he talks about what he is doing. 

Prototyping 

http://wp.me/P2IQnT-d - Jude Pullen, a design engineer with Dyson who works on new project ideas. His website has lots of videos, tips and ideas on prototyping and modelling. Also take a look at his You Tube channel http://bit.ly/1w2Zl3O

http://bit.ly/1GjVTFH - cardboard prototyping by a company called Quirky, including why the designer sometimes prefers this material over new technology like 3D printing


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Assessment Without Levels

Durrington High School have done some interesting work on assessment without levels that is worth a look. The school was awarded a DfE Assessment Innovation Fund to develop strategies for assessment without levels for the new KS3 curriculum. You can see details about their initial ideas at http://wp.me/P21olU-sN.  If there is one thing you should look at on the page it is the video on Austin’s Butterfly. This sums up in a simple way what good assessment might look like and how it makes a difference. 

The school have also recently reviewed their progress so far and the reflections on their journey will be useful for many still deciding what route to take http://wp.me/p21olU-CB. The website also has a wide range of other useful resources linked to assessment and teaching and learning and is also worth a look. (via Sarah Middleton on Food Technology Teachers Network Facebook group)

If you are looking for support with assessment and the new KS3 curriculum in D&T generally take a look at my course New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London) 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Revision on Denim

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Denim is always a fashion staple and from an exam perspective it is a popular focus. It is popular as there are so many angles from which questions can be asked, whether it be related to the fibre, fabric, weave, sustainability issues, styling or products. Denim is therefore always a good revision staple to focus on. Check out these links on denim:

http://goo.gl/ISnmEc - see the 2015 new trends for denim

http://goo.gl/Bj9nc3 - history of jeans (this website also has some other good stuff on history of fashion generally)

http://bit.ly/1aLuL5F - the website page above has a great video on how jeans are made including cotton growing, manufacture and distressing. This link is where you can find the video on You Tube. 

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http://goo.gl/wYyegR - infographic on jeans production

http://goo.gl/LgqJ3n - glossary of terms linked to denim. Look at other sections on the website too as there is lots of useful information on jeans and denim

http://goo.gl/wdWdca -  denim that is recycled in to insulation material for buildings 

http://www.bondedlogic.com - Ultratouch insulation made from recycled denim

http://www.levistrauss.com/?p=9 - Levi Strauss and their approach to sustainability

Whether students are revising for GCSE or A level, or if you are focusing on denim as part of the KS3 curriculum, get students to do some research of their own rather than you having to look at all of these links. Divide the links out between students and give them a set of criteria they have to do research on e.g. 3 line summary of what the link is about, 1 image that represents the focus of the link, 1 exam question related to the content in the link, 5-10 bullet points on key information in the link, a new link they have found themselves that relates to the information. Students could do this work as a group task or as individuals. The information could be summarised onto paper; keep it brief; a one page summary is less marking, and creates a good visual and concise revision resource, or could be done a a mini presentation. Both could potentially be used as part of a lesson starter and would give you a ready made classroom resource. 

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If you are looking for other ideas for A level revision lessons take a look at the course Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)



Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam  (Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)


STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



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Comic relief, focus on food, applying for a new job, & boys do textiles too

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This week I have been getting ready for my stand at the Sewing for Pleasure/Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch show at the NEC from March 19th-22nd. I will be showcasing e-textiles, and introducing a couple of new project ideas, so if you are visiting pop along and see me on stand ZN22 (just behind the main fashion show stage). 

Click here to find out more about Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch

 

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Comic Relief

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Comic Relief is next week and if you are looking for ideas on how to use this in your lessons visit http://goo.gl/74L5eQ . There are lots of ideas relevant to D&T lessons as well as things like tutor time. 

You can also see the t.shirts designed by Anya Hindmarsh, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Von Furstenberg, Henry Holland and Matthew Williamson at http://goo.gl/JSEHZI. This is a great way of generating a discussion about social responsibility and the responsibilities of a designer. 

British Science Week

British Science week is from 13th - 22nd March and is a celebration of STEM. Why not muscle in on the act and get your science department to acknowledge the part that D&T plays in STEM? To find out more visit www.britishscienceweek.org and www.facebook.com/ScienceWeekUK

Focus on Food

http://goo.gl/nRccsl - A really useful free infographic on statistics in the Food industry (via Kati Wilson & Hayley Wincott on the Food Teacher’s Centre Facebook group)

http://bit.ly/1NfyOpqStefan Gates Gastronaut You Tube channel (via Louise Davies on the Food Teacher’s Centre Facebook group)

http://bbc.in/1w2e1QX - BBC Gastro Lab video clips (via Louise Davies as above)

http://bbc.in/1DTCfgn - BBC clips on the Secret Life of Our Favourite Ingredients (via Louise Davies as above)

Ofsted are adding a new section into the September 2015 framework that will prioritise health and healthy eating and, for the first time, inspectors will look at the extent to which schools are successfully supporting pupils to gain knowledge on how to keep themselves healthy, including exercise and healthy eating. Take a look at this letter which gives some initial details http://on.fb.me/1w2gsmy. Pass the letter onto your head so they know how important Food is in the new Ofsted agenda! (via Louise Davies as above)

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Moving onto Pastures New

The next few months are the most popular time of year for job hunting so here are a few links that might help you top up your CVs, and application and interview skills:

Applying for jobs: general information

http://goo.gl/QjHsC1 - Comprehensive booklet by Edge Hill University on applying for a job – aimed at NQTs but relevant to other applicants (includes CV, letter of application)

http://goo.gl/VaSP1W - TES advice on applications & letters

http://goo.gl/e0domr - TES ultimate Job Seeking Guide for Teachers. You will need to log in to the TES site to access this but it is free to join and the resource is excellent and comprehensive information on all areas of interviews.

http://goo.gl/vI0wyB - 4 videos on different aspects of applying for a job (NQT advice, personal statements, demonstration lessons & applying for headship)

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Interview tips

http://wp.me/p2Pjpm-32 

http://gu.com/p/3m8x3

http://buff.ly/1imy9U9

http://www.bitrebels.com/?p=220475

Leadership roles 

http://goo.gl/7w3jwj - example interview questions

http://goo.gl/KBrwJd - example interview questions

http://career.guru99.com/?p=315 - example interview questions

http://goo.gl/gyLIM5 - video on going for a senior leadership post

http://goo.gl/5W1lzQ - video on going for a middle leadership post

http://goo.gl/5W1lzQ - video on going for a middle leader interview post


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Boys do Textiles Too!

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Those of you who know a little bit about me know one of my big passions in textiles is challenging the stereotypes that exist about the subject, including the idea that textiles isn’t for boys. 

It is therefore great to see the guys doing so well on The Great British Sewing Bee programme, as well as seeing the show in general having a better balance of ‘boy friendly’ projects. 

Four of the ten competitors are male this year, which is double the number of any previous year. Three have got through to the semi final, with the likelihood that at least one will be in the final. I’m rooting for Neil as he has produced some high quality work, as well as showing innovation and creativity. As a soldier he is also a perfect role model to show that it’s okay for men to sew!

Whilst the programme is in the news it is a good idea to use it to raise the profile of men who sew. Patrick Grant, who with May Martin fronts the programme, started his career in science and engineering so he is a perfect positive role model that breaks boundaries. Find out more about him at http://bit.ly/1wHMNQc

Take a look at his Grant’s business ventures:

http://etautz.com - award winning high fashion brand

http://goo.gl/yHt6LL - Hammond & Co which is collaboration with Debenhams 

http://www.nortonandsons.co.uk/ - Saville Row tailoring 

As well as the usual male designers (e.g. Paul Smith, Wayne Hemingway, Tom Ford to name a few) check out these male designers in other areas of textiles:

http://www.mrxstitch.com - Mr X Stitch, UK contemporary embroiderer, Jamie Chalmers

http://www.kaffefassett.com/ - Kaffe Fassett, knitwear designer, embroidery, patchwork

http://bit.ly/1zodZh2 - It is now increasingly the norm - and cool - for men to be interested in fashion. This video talks about the new generation of men who aren’t afraid to be interested in fashion, and who in particular want to wear something different (the voice over is a little irritating though!)

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Some of the increase in interest in male fashion has been inspired by our celebrity culture. If your boys aren’t interested in everyday male fashion get them engaged with some high tech fashion such as the suit made of reflective 3M fabric that Pharell Williams wore to the Grammys http://wp.me/pNEmL-1iyR or the anti paparazzi range by Chris Holmes http://goo.gl/BRXcA9 (both of which are also great for the AQA pre-release paper theme too)

If you want tips on working with boys visit http://goo.gl/GyyPkS


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham) LAST CHANCE TO BOOK 9th MARCH

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



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2 images this week: This is the dress that caused all the fuss about whether it was black and blue or white and gold. More importantly, what is technique called between the layers of lace? (the image on the right shows the white version of the dress, not a trick of the camera!)

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Biomimicry, apprenticeships, Chinese New Year & growth in the textiles industry

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I hope everyone had a good half term. It’s a challenging term ahead with lots of coursework and Controlled Assessment deadlines coming up. Don’t forget,, if you are looking to start some low key revision at the same time, there are lots of #ThinkDo activities on my website that might be useful.  Use them as a quick ways of linking  what students are doing as part of their projects to the exam. If you are lucky enough to have students who have finished early why not get them producing some #ThinkDo resources of their own which you can later use as a whole class revision resource?

Click here for generic D&T #ThinkDo activities suitable for all materials areas 
Click here for #ThinkDo activities for textiles students

 

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Biomimicry

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If you want to find out more about biomimicry there is a great video on BBC iPlayer called Biomimetics: Designed by Nature (http://bbc.in/1wretJ5). It is a 30 minute programme but you can also watch it as a series of short clips. 

Features include robots, clothing that adapts to the weather, materials that absorb impact and biotechnology. It also features suggestions for activities that can be carried out in a classroom situation. The programme is only on iPlayer until 3rd March so don’t delay watching it. 

This link also has a nicely presented booklet with 14 examples of biomimicry http://goo.gl/os6e65. Most of these are also the ones featured on the Ellen MacArthur website where there is a scheme of work and additional biomimicry resources http://goo.gl/vaeqJS

Biomimicry is one of the areas that will be featured in the KS3 training I am running later in the year. Click here for more details. 

National Centre for Craft & Design Competition

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If your school is in the Lincolnshire area you might be interested in the Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year competition run by the National Centre for Craft & Design. The competition is open to 14-19 year olds and is relevant to any discipline as long as entries have a design focus. 

Schools must have submitted an ‘Initial Interest Form’ by 15th March but entries themselves are not due in until mid April. Students could enter copies of coursework/Controlled Assessment or could create new work. 

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

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This time of year there is a lot of focus on university applications but apprenticeships can get a bit forgotten as a potential next step by young people. 

March 9-13th March is National Apprenticeship Week which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals businesses and the economy. Why not raise the profile of apprenticeships through an assembly, display, tutor time work or as part of your lesson? 

Find out some key facts about apprenticeships at.http://goo.gl/eyMmzguk/naw2015

Download a resource aimed at helping schools raise the profile of apprenticeships http://goo.gl/75k2h3

See videos and case studies on different apprenticeships http://bit.ly/16JA4jE

Find out more about apprenticeships that are available. Don’t be put off by some of the headings as there are a wide variety within each heading relevant to all D&T areas http://goo.gl/hEuwkU


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Chinese New Year

Use the Chinese Year of the Sheep (or goat depending on your viewpoint) as an excuse for a bit of textiles revision! Take a look at the new section on my website on wool and hair fibres. There is a ‘Let’s Learn’ section, an ‘Example Question’ section as well as #ThinkDo activities related to fibres and fabrics.

If you want to find out more about how to use the #ThinkDo and other resources to engage students in revision, come along to one of my revision courses (GCSE 9th March in Nottingham & A level 21st April in London)

You could also link the Chinese Year of the Sheep to felting and how the properties of wool are a key factor in the success of this technique. Why not also link this to my embellisher competition (which is basically a felting machine) and get students to try and win one for their school? Their entry could use felting techniques or this could just be a way of introducing the competition. 

Click here to find out more about the competition. 


Textiles Industry Statistics 

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The Alliance Report is a new report about the textiles industry that has recently been published. It has some interesting background information on the industry, especially if you are looking for statistics, and also predicts significant potential growth within the  industry in the next 20 years. Amongst other things, the report raises the issue of the major skills gap that exists to meet the growth in the industry, and it talks about the increase in areas such as technical textiles as career areas. You can download the original report from http://goo.gl/DeYCh6. It is very long and heavy going in places but you can read a short summary I have done at http://goo.gl/MRM2C5. This information is great if you are trying to challenge negative perceptions of the industry and to raise the profile of textiles in your department. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham) NOT LONG LEFT TO BOOK FOR 9TH MARCH COURSE

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



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Vegetable peeler & sharpener. Rethink & resize an everyday product. What new use could it have?


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D&T related things to do over half term, Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE, & exam revision links for textiles

Most schools are on half term next week and I wish everyone a well earned break. There will be no blog next week but don’t forget you can access resources and ideas from previous blogs via the blog section on the website. 

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Most of you will know that I run my own courses for D&T teachers but you may not be aware that I also do a small number for a few training companies. Textiles teachers in the London and Manchester area might be interested in an Osiris course running on 12th March in Manchester, and 26th March in London called ‘Leading Textiles’. The closing date for both courses is very soon, particularly for the Manchester one on 12th March, so if you are interested contact Osiris as soon as possible. More details at http://goo.gl/FCsNqN

Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

D&T Related Things to do Over Half Term

Visit the Science museum in London to see a number of exhibitions including:

  • 'Engineer your Future’ - what engineers do and careers in engineering (on until 16/12/17)
  • ‘Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?’ - explores how food affects your body, brain and eating habits e.g. how holding a bowl rather than placing it on a table can make you eat less, how the material cutlery is made from changes the taste of food. Although this has a food related exhibition there are lots of implications for product design and designers generally.


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Visit Glasgow and find out about Rennie Mackintosh:

 

Click here to see a summary of other places to visit over half term (make sure you check with the venue before visiting)


New Food GCSE Released

The content of the new GCSE food qualification has been published along with the release of the new name 'Food Preparation and Nutrition'. It is now down to the exam boards to submit their qualifications in line with this content for first teaching in September 2016. See the details at http://goo.gl/F00KhH. Keep an eye on the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group as there is always lots of great support and information on there relevant to the changes. 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression in D&T using Higher Order Thinking Skills (Wed 25 Feb, Birmingham)


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Take a look at how the Food team at King’s School in Germany created 'takeaway bags’ in response to a snow day closing the school. The team didn’t want year 7 to miss out on their food lesson so each student received the ingredients and instructions to make the product at home (the school pay for ingredients). Students then photographed the product they made and brought them into school the following week along with feedback. 

This team are keen to develop this idea as a regular activity e.g. as a way of approaching G&T activities for both practical and non practical activities.

Click here to see more about this idea from Mandy Florence and the team at King’s School (originally seen on the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group

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Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Exam Revision

I know lots of you will be thinking about exam revision over half term. Below are some links that might be useful. Don’t forget there is revision information on my website for textiles students at www.textileshotline.co.uk. There is also still time to book onto the GCSE revision course on 9th March in Nottingham (click here for more details)

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http://wp.me/pNEmL-1iyR - suit that Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammys made out of 3M reflective fabric which appears to change colour when flash photographs are taken. This is a brilliant use of a high tech material in a main stream product. 

http://goo.gl/Iiz49X - Pharrell Williams collaboration with Adidas on a clothing collection 

http://goo.gl/8TO0cX - Tommy Hilfiger clothing with solar panels

http://goo.gl/kNhGWO - video on Pauline Vandongen, a designer who works with wearable solar panels (the website also looks at the designer’s other work)

http://goo.gl/jtxcrP - website on the wearable solar work that Pauline Vandongen is doing. It would be good to use the solar clothing in these links as inspiration for students to do their own designs. There are significant design challenges when working with solar panels, as quite a few a needed, and they arent particularly attractive, so it would be interesting to see how creative students can be in designing usable products that are also attractive

http://www.illuminatedcouture.com - company who produce quirky e-textiles products. I particularly like the men’s pocket squares. 

http://bbc.in/1zZ380P - short animation along with a detailed article about what happens to your clothes when you donate them to charity. This article might generate some interesting discussions, especially for A level (via @DrABrooks @lucysiege).

If your exam board is AQA there is information relevant to the AQA pre-release paper on the ‘Let’s Learn’, ‘#ThinkDo’ and ‘Example Questions’ sections of www.textileshotline.co.uk.  I can’t be specific about the most relevant links as this is an open blog that anyone can read and full details of the pre-release can’t be given until 1st March. There are also several relevant boards on my Pinterest pages


Embellisher Machine Competition

I have had a couple of queries about my embellisher competition so I thought it would be useful to clarify some points:

  • A student entry is made up of one triangle NOT a string of triangles made into a length of bunting. Students can enter as many times as they wish but they must NOT join their entries together nor should triangles from classes be sewn together. Just post me the individual triangles. 
  • You can submit entries at any point up to 24th July and entries can be sent as one parcel or as students make them. The only requirement is that each triangle must have a completed application form. I cant confirm receipt of parcels so make sure you post them so they are signed for if you want acknowledgement they have arrived.
  • The triangle template on the website is a PDF and should be printed as an A4 page. If your printer is set to ‘scale to fit’ it might print the triangle larger than it should be so check your settings. To help you check the size the triangle has a top edge that measures 19.5cm with 2 sides measuring 19cm.


Click here to see more about the competition  


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



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#ThinkDo Microfibre sports towel. What is a microfibre? Why might it be used for a sports towel? Take a look at the product at this link to help you http://goo.gl/E3uatF. Find out more about microfibres here

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Copyright when designing, book recommendation & new free revision resources for textiles

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Before Christmas I nominated Sally Beeston, from Groby Community College in Leicester, for a D&T Association Excellence Award. 

I was delighted to find out this week that Sally has been chosen as one of the winners of the Outstanding Teacher of Design and Technology award. 

As a Head of D&T Sally has done a lot to support the work I do as a consultant over a number of years. Amongst other things, she was one of the teachers that piloted the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy resources, and each year her textiles students contribute some fantastic work for display at my Textiles Teacher Event. I think it is important to celebrate everyday hard working teachers and these awards are a great way of doing this. Why not think about nominating someone in your department when the nominations open again at the end of the year. For more information on the awards visit http://goo.gl/VkBJWW


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Copyright Issues

These links might be useful to get discussions going about copyright issues. This might be a good way of encouraging year 11s to be a little more innovative in their approach to designing in their exam. It might also be useful to save the links for when you next start a project to encourage students to move beyond Nike ticks and other copyrighted designs. 

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http://goo.gl/CA1Lm1 - clever hidden design details in Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers that help combat counterfeiters 

http://goo.gl/6wwMb6 - article about Ralph Lauren having to destroy footwear that was found to be too similar to those designed and made by Converse (via @FastCoDesign & @careydunne) 

Why not get students looking at brands in the shops to see how cheaper brands copy ideas from the major brands, making a few changes to avoid being prosecuted. Take a look how similar the packaging is for these tissues - who copied who?!

 

Programming at KS3

If you are interested in embedding programming into your lessons as part of the KS3 new curriculum, and need to know the difference between Arduino and Raspberry Pi, this YouTube video is really good at explaining the difference http://youtu.be/7vhvnaWUZjE. You can also think of the use of PIC chip devices as a comparison to the Arduino. This is a bit simplified but a good analogy  

If you are looking for courses to update your programming knowledge, whether you are a beginner or more advanced, contact paulboyd@mac.com 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression in D&T using Higher Order Thinking Skills (Wed 25 Feb, Birmingham)


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Sad News About Paul Ginnis

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I was really sad to hear that Paul Ginnis died suddenly on Friday 30th January. Paul’s book ‘The Teacher Toolkit’ was one of the first books on teaching and learning that really influenced me. It has remained a constant influence on my teaching over the years and it is still one I recommend on a lot of the courses I run. 

As well as information on how we learn, the book has an extensive range of audit tools, and is packed with over 60 teaching and learning activities. 

If you are ever looking for new T&L strategies to try out in you classroom this is a great book for ideas. Many of the activities that are common place today in our classrooms began life in this book. Although it was first published back in 2001 it is still as relevant now as when it was first written and it is definitely a book I would recommend. 

The loss of Paul Ginnis is incredibly sad but the legacy he leaves in the classroom lives on through this book and others he wrote.


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

GCSE & A Level Revision

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I spent some time over the weekend updating my website for textiles students www.textileshotline.co.uk. There are a range of different sections on the website, but there are 3 in particular that link together;  ‘Let’s Learn’, ‘#ThinkDo’ and ‘Example Questions’ and you might find these useful if you are starting revision.

The ‘Let’s Learn’ section gives tips on how to organise learning, as well as outlining key knowledge students need. Although it may not cover everything student’s need to know for the exam it gives them a good starting point. The ‘#ThinkDo’ section has lots of short ‘5 minute’ activities that are good for starters or plenaries or as ‘drip feed’ homework. This is probably the section that has the most content at the moment and new ones are added each week. The ‘Example Questions’ are questions with tips on how they might be answered. The questions are separated into levels of challenge and relate to potential GCSE and  A level questions. The questions aren’t exact copies of any exam boards past questions, because of copyright issues, but are based on the types of questions that are asked. 

I have now started to try coordinating the 3 sections so they are linked. There are now sections on smart and modern materials, manufacturing systems, and sustainability  all of which have a ‘Let’s Learn’, ‘#ThinkDo’, and ‘Example Questions’ section. 

The website will be added to and developed over time and I hope the resources support the revision work you are doing with your students. Visit www.textileshotline.co.uk for these resources and others aimed at textiles students. 

Click on these links to find out about my course on revision for the GCSE textiles exam as well my course on revising for the A level textiles exam 


Design Competition for Manchester Area Schools

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I came across this design competition this week, although unfortunately it is only for schools in the Greater Manchester and surrounding areas, and the deadline date for submissions is 14th February. There is just enough time to set this as a homework and to enter the competition. Alternatively ideas could be based on current coursework projects.  For more information visit http://goo.gl/nz9LsI


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



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#ThinkDo Nike trainer using NASA inspired technology. What other NASA inspired products can you name?

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Marmite, higher order thinking, & Christmas tree revision!

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This week I have been getting ready for an up and coming course on higher order thinking in D&T, as well as others on GCSE and A level revision. I have also been busy starting to plan some new e-textiles projects and these will be on display at my stand at the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC from 19th - 22nd March. Put the date in your diary and come and see me and the new projects! 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Innovation or Bad Taste?

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In a previous blog I mentioned the donut burger now on sale on the menu of the Hungry Horse chain of pubs, and posed the question whether this was innovative or bad design, especially considering the current focus on healthy eating. Here is another example of innovation in food that has promoted debate this week; Marmite and Pot Noodle flavoured Easter eggs! Keep a look out in the shops for these as they might make a great taste test starter for any D&T lesson along with prompting a discussion on innovation. Click here to see one of the news article that have recently appeared about these products http://goo.gl/2LNIal 


Ergonomics & Anthropometrics

Take a look at these links related to ergonomics & anthropometrics:

http://goo.gl/zyiSZp - website on ergonomics designed for education. Includes a question and answer page on ergonomics and information on ergonomics linked to a variety of situations and products. 

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http://goo.gl/7Dn1pw - includes information on careers in ergonomics, & recent news articles that include ergonomic products and design

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAKlmdMHpdE  - video on ergonomics and anthropometrics. This video is quite long but it has information on the 95th percentile as well as good ideas on questions students can ask when doing projects. It references a variety of products & design contexts including sports related products, textiles, and cars (via Creative Inspirations on Pinterest).


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression in D&T using Higher Order Thinking Skills (Wed 25 Feb, Birmingham)


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

5 Top Tips on Using Higher Order Thinking in Your Classroom

As I have been getting ready for my course on higher order thinking on 25th February I thought I would share 5 top tips that can help both your more able students, as well as others in your class, think to a higher level, :

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  • Teach higher order thinking and make reference to it each lesson. This helps demystify it and enables students to understand what it is and how to access it, as well as helping them see how it might be relevant to them.  
  • Stress that the process involved in getting to an answer or point of learning is just as important as the answer or what has been learnt. This encourages students to value mistakes. 
  • Help students to understand the difference between understanding and applying knowledge and just memorising it
  • Encourage students to explain answers they give rather than just accepting their correct answers and moving on. Also encourage students to do this with each other. 
  •  Give students frameworks to scaffold their thinking onto. There are lots of different ones you might use e.g. Bloom’s Taxonomy, De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Solo Taxonomy

Click here to find out more about higher order thinking

Find out more about my course on Maximising Progression in D&T Through Higher Order Thinking by clicking here. The course will cover lots of tips and strategies, including the use of the 3 taxonomies mentioned above, as well resources that are ready to use immediately back in the classroom. You will also take away a Thinking Rocket and get ideas on how to use it. 


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Christmas Trees Aren’t Just for Christmas!

If you think Christmas trees are just for Christmas then think again. Dig out your departmental tree and use it as a revision tool but instead of hanging baubles on it hang on revision information. If you are using the drip feed and #ThinkDo revision idea that I have mentioned in other blogs (click here to see more about this on my website) you could use some of these to decorate your tree. Getting students to add to the tree also makes great starter and plenary exercises. 

Don’t forget my website designed specifically for textiles students has lots of #ThinkDo revision activities as well as other information relevant to revision. Visit www.textileshotline.co.uk 


Click on these links to find out about my course on revision for the GCSE textiles exam as well my course on revising for the A level textiles exam 


You Can Never Have too Many Shoes & Bags!

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http://bit.ly/1Clq7VY  - short video on the making of a Gucci handbag (via Lynne Bruning)

http://bit.ly/1zFsTWL - Puma sneakers and bag that are Cradle to Cradle certified in a bid to reduce the company's eco footprint

http://bit.ly/1DcI8DF - an unusual shape bag design made out of one piece of fabric, a zip and some clever pattern cutting



Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

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STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)

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Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)


Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)

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Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)




Free Photo Download

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#ThinkDo What does the Coolmax label on these wrist support gloves refer to? What added value does this give the consumer?

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3D printing, senior leadership, & a second industrial revolution

If you have received the email newsletter for 15/7/15 titled New GCSE & A Level qualifications for D&T, famous failures, & end of term textiles clips the links that take you to the full newsletters are incorrect and take you to this page instead of the correct one. Click here to access the correct page. 


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It has been another week of big news for D&T with the first teaching of the new GCSEs being put back a year to 2017 (first exam in 2019) as it was felt more time was needed because of the significant changes to the qualification.  See the announcement on the D&TA website http://goo.gl/U3jgLm Note this does not apply to the new Food GCSE qualification, which will go ahead as planned with the first teaching in 2016. For more information on the new GCSE Food qualification join the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group run by Louise Davies, or attend one of the events run by Louise (visit http://foodteacherscentre.co.uk for more details). 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

3D Printing

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3D printing has become the big discussion point over the last couple of years with its potential for innovation, as well as some saying it has the potential to be misused. As part of their exhibition called ‘3D: Printing the Future’ the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester has a range of online resources, including a series of videos and handouts, that examine some of the myths and realities about 3D printing. The exhibition itself is on until 19th April 2015. Visit http://goo.gl/xiNHJs for more information. 

My husband, Paul Boyd, who also works as a D&T consultant, has been working with schools in the UK as part of a government initiative to use 3D printers. Several of the schools have  requested a tutorial that can be used with iPads and Paul has created a video showing how to use 123D Design on the iPad to create a model. You can watch the video on You Tube and it is also on my website 

http://bit.ly/1zK2hzJ - 3D printed shapes with tiny hinges that create a flexible material suitable for use in garments


Robotics & Biomimicry 

Robots vs Animals is a great, fun website where engineers and zoologists collaborate to explore the ingenuity of engineering and nature. The site has some great resources on robots and biomimicry, as well as a competition for primary and secondary pupils. The prizes include 5 Raspberry Pi Robots and the chance to have the winning designs exhibited as part of the Festival of Nature 2015 in Bristol (closing date 18th May)

For more information on resources and the competition visit http://robotsvsanimals.net


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

Maximising Progression in D&T using Higher Order Thinking Skills (Wed 25 Feb, Birmingham)


New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Senior Leadership

As someone who used to be a senior leader myself I know that both the application process and the role itself can feel quite daunting. 

If you are considering a career move into senior leadership take a look at this guide by SecEd with tips and advice on application forms and interviews http://goo.gl/yVhsTk

If you are already in an senior leadership role, and are looking for support and the opportunity to share resources, take a look at the new ‘School Leaders’ closed Facebook group set up by Richard Bond. Visit http://on.fb.me/1EwphEW to join the group. 

 

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

A Second Industrial Revolution

Just before Christmas my blog focused on the challenges that face textiles on the curriculum, and how we must be prepared to promote our subject and embrace new ideas (click here to see the original blog).

One of the myths I challenged in the blog is anyone who says the textiles industry is dying. This is completely untrue, and some of the most exciting and revolutionary technology around at the moment, as well as what will exist in the future, is textiles based, with the UK being acknowledged as world leaders. Like any other industry, it is changing and evolving, and just because it isn’t the same as 50 years ago doesn’t mean it is dying. 

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Professor Dias, from Nottingham Trent University, supports the importance of the modern textiles industry, claiming the development of smart and electronic textiles is a ‘second industrial revolution’. This short video clip is great for showing your students the continued importance of the industry and the potential for its future. It might even help you justify some funding bids to help you add e-textiles to your curriculum! http://bit.ly/1CG1KzN

http://goo.gl/pajZRQ - This interview also illustrates how the industry in this country is changing and how new technologies are supporting this development. 


Sustainable & Recycled Textiles

Take a look at these links on sustainability and recycling:

http://bit.ly/1CG1KzN - a company who create materials woven from plastic bags & then use the material for a range of products

http://www.ecouterre.com/?p=102307 - using textiles waste to reinforce buildings against earthquakes

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http://goo.gl/qYT4kW - H&M’s approach to sustainability and the environment. H&M also have an in store leaflet on sustainability so get students to look out for it when they next go shopping



Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham)


Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)


Introduction to A level Textiles (Fri Thurs 2nd July, London)


A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)



KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18th May, Nottingham)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (
Mon 20 April, Nottingham)


Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)


STEM in Textiles: Integrating Smart, Modern and Electronic Textiles into  your Curriculum (Sat 7 Feb, Nottingham)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)


The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)



Free Photo Download

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#ThinkDo What is this symbol called? What type of product might you find it on?

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D&T student conference, protective sports clothing, & new course dates & venues

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I have been busy this week planning the venues and dates for new courses for the rest of the academic year. Most of my courses continue to be held in Nottingham as I am fortunate to have a great venue that I use. As I live in Nottingham it is also cost effective for me to run courses at this venue with small numbers, whereas the increased costs in other areas of the country often means I need a minimum number of delegates for a course to go ahead. There are,  however, a limited number of courses planned in London, Birmingham, and York. To see the full course calendar click here or see the individual courses listed in the sections below.  Don’t forget I am always happy to consider adding additional dates and courses to the calendar on request so email julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you would like your request to be considered. 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Great Website For T&L Resources For D&T

Those of you who are members of some of the Facebook groups may have seen some of the fantastic resources produced by James Bleach from Samuel Ward Academy. James has now developed a great website called JambleD&T where all of his resources are shared and available for teachers to download. 

One example of the resources you can download is the Monopoly Controlled Assessment tracker. Take a look at the photos below showing the tracker printed out and on display in the department corridor. 

Click here to visiwww.jambledandt.com to see the tracker and other resources.







Student D&T Conference

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Criag Howells, and the D&T team from Hereford Cathedral School, are running their second FREE D&T Conference aimed at year 10 and 11 students. The event will be held in the Sports Hall of the Hereford School. Speakers will include Alumni students from the school who are now working as designers and engineers, as well as Keynote speaker, Jeremy White, from Seymourpowell. 

The conference aims to inspire students and to help them learn about the design process first hand whilst highlighting key issues relevant to design students.  Priority will be given to schools in Herefordshire or Worcestershire but schools outside that area can go on the waiting list for any spare places. This conference is an excellent way of showcasing success in design along with the range of career opportunities available.

To find out more or book places contact Mrs Linda Harding, 01432 363522 or email schoolsec@herefordcs.com 


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

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Maximising Progression in D&T using Higher Order Thinking Skills (Wed 25 Feb, Birmingham)

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New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Protective Clothing For Sports

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Back in the summer holidays I visited the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. As well as being a national museum for arms and armour the museum also looks at how armour is used in modern day situations. There are obvious links to the forces and the police, and there were lots of interesting displays on bullet proof vests, helmets, and various other protective clothing. One of the interesting things about the display was the link between traditional armour and modern protective clothing used, for example, in sportswear, and things like motorbike riding. 

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If you have sports mad students in your classes why not get them to do some research on protective clothing used in sports. There are some great links to smart and modern materials as well as e-textiles. The construction and design of many of these garments is also interesting e.g. the use of storage pockets, wind flaps to cover zips etc.

Here are some useful links to get students going:

http://www.armourgel.co.uk - Armourgel is a revolutionary new energy absorbing material, designed to alter the way we think about protecting the human body from impact and injury

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http://goo.gl/KDRItx - Bliss are a company who make body armour protection for a variety of extreme sports using Armourgel technology

http://goo.gl/lBp2Uj - Motoair,  a company who design and make ‘airbag jackets’ that inflate when a ripcord is pulled instantly creating a padded jacket that reduces impact and injury

http://goo.gl/8Mir9v - Impulse jackets for bikers that use wireless technology to display the bike’s indicator and brake lights on the biker’s jacket

http://goo.gl/8Mir9v - the history of the cricket helmet


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

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GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham)

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Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)

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Introduction to A level Textiles (Wed 21 Jan, Nottingham)

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A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

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Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)

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KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18th May, Nottingham)


Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Mon 20 April, Nottingham)

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Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)

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Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)

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STEM in Textiles: Integrating Smart, Modern and Electronic Textiles into  your Curriculum (Sat 7 Feb, Nottingham)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)

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The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)


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Useful D&T links, drip feed revision, new student website & new student competition

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a relaxing Christmas break & that your New Year has got off to a good start.

A big focus for the first newsletter of the New Year is revision. It may seem early to be thinking about this, but as the newsletter goes on to explain, easing into it slowly now might make a big difference when the pressure really kicks in in a few months. 

Don’t forget that if you would like me to do revision sessions with your students it is a good idea to get in touch sooner rather than later as I get booked up quickly. Now that my husband has joined me working as a consultant we can offer a wide range of focuses for revision sessions so just email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to discuss how we might meet your requirements. 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Useful Links

Here are some quick links to get the New Year off to a good start. Use them to support lessons you are already planning, or why not set them as a homework and do some 'flipped learning’. Here the students do the learning and research at home and then use the information as the focus for discussion and questioning in the lesson. Find out more about flipped learning at www.flippedlearning.org

http://bit.ly/1wZAYxR - Volvo truck design process showing modelling & sketching

http://www.aram.co.uk - website & store that sells design classics. In particular take a look at the designer directory that has work from loads of designers, both new and old, along with short biographies.

http://bbc.in/1xW4Eja - number of clips including a BBC Radio 4 broadcast on the Bauhaus School of Art & Design, as well as the story of 10 objects made in Germany (via @GSALibrary & @AST_Teg)

http://bit.ly/1wy4dsr - short video on the life and times of Ettorre Sottsass (from the You Tube playlist of @TuxfordDESIGN)

http://www.hermanmiller.com - range of Herman Miller products, including images that can be downloaded. Also has links on ergonomics & various other background information. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Drip Feed Revision

Regular readers of the newsletter will know that I am a big fan of starting revision very early by encouraging students to do just 5 minutes a day. In fact if students do this every day from January to the end of April that is nearly 10 hours of revision without it really feeling like revision at all. 

Whilst those aiming for higher grades will need to ramp things up a gear from April onwards I have found this drip feed method of learning to be a great way of maximising progression for all students. Weaker students have responded particularly well to it, especially those who wouldn’t normally have done any revision at all. Find out more about drip feed revision at see http://goo.gl/U4urCl.

As part of drip feed revision I regularly upload #ThinkDo activities onto my Instagram and Flickr boards as well as onto Twitter. These are short sound bites of thinking that aim to keep the D&T muscles well used! I also have lots of these on my website and they are gradually being added to. There are a range of generic D&T ones as well as some textiles specific ones 

Pinterest is also another great 5 minute revision tool. If there are issues with using social media in school students can set up their own boards at home. Find out more about what Pinterest is at https://about.pinterest.com/en/whats-pinterest. Take a look at how I use Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/textileshotline/ 



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Website For Textiles Students

Over the holiday I have spent a lot of time developing my website aimed at students www.textileshotline.co.uk. The site will take a long time to fully develop, as it is all done in my free time, but there is already some revision information on there, along with careers advice and other bits and pieces. Although it is targeted at students textiles teachers might also find it useful. In particular if you are considering using the #ThinkDo activities mentioned earlier in the newsletter you will find lots of these under the revision section

If you are looking for a course with tips & strategies for effective revision at GSCE there is one in Nottingham on Monday 9th March & another on Tuesday 26th March (note that the second one is during half term at the request of a delegate from abroad). For more information visit http://goo.gl/gnoGfa.


Win An Embellisher Machine For Your Department! 

The New Year sees the launch of my new competition sponsored by Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking and Coles Sewing Centre. The prize is an embellisher machine which will be awarded to the school attended by the winning student. The winner will also receive a separate prize just for themselves. There will also be runner up prizes and teacher prizes. 

Just like the postcard competition run in 2013/2014 the aim of the competition is to give students the opportunity to showcase their textiles work as well as introducing a potential project idea for the classroom. Unlike the previous competition the main prize goes to the school rather than the student so this is a great way of getting a new piece of equipment for free!

The competition is open to any student in years 7-13 and students can either submit work through their school or independently. They will however need a signature from their textiles teacher in order to enter the competition and this is because the prize is awarded to the school. 

The competition requires students to decorate a piece of bunting with the theme of ‘The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water’. Although bunting is quite a traditional end product this was chosen as it can be used to create a great hanging display at some of the events I run. 

Although the bunting is quite traditional teacher are, however, encouraged to get students to develop non stereotypes responses to the brief. In particular they are encouraged  touse STEM ideas, whether it be in the useof materials and components, or through the interpretation of the theme. Any textile materials and techniques can be used and, again, the use of more adventurous designs using things like laser cutting, 3D printing etc. are more likely to be successful. 

High quality outcomes will also be a key criteria when judging the end products so teachers should stressthis to students. Age will be taken into account when judging entries. It is worth reminding students that in the previous competition one of the youngest students beat all of the older ones with a product of outstanding quality, so age should not be seen as a barrier to entry.

The closing date for the competition is 24th July 2015 (the end of the summer term). This means there are lots of opportunities to use the competition as a class project e.g. as part of the KS3 curriculum, as a GCSE or A level revision project, or as an after school club. 

There is more information on the competition at http://goo.gl/kU99i9  along with tips and advice on on how students can create a winning entry. Application forms and terms and conditions can also be found at this link.  


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Courses for textiles teachers taking place in the next few weeks. See the bottom of the newsletter for the full list or visit http://goo.gl/hcaSxK 

Programmable E-textiles components (including KS3 curriculum content) - 16th January, Nottingham

An Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles - 21st January, Nottingham 

STEM in Textiles - 7th Feb, Nottingham 


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What's your favourite Dyson product? What's the most innovative produce the company produces? Find out more at www.dyson.co.uk

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