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There has been no blog for the past couple of weeks as there just haven’t been enough hours in the day! We’ve been running lots of courses for the new D&T GCSE all over the country so this has kept us pretty busy. This is the final blog of the term so I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a great Christmas and New Year break. Don’t forget that when there isn’t time for me to do a blog there are still regular updates on my Facebook and Twitter pages. There are also lots of free resources on the website if you are looking for lesson support ideas and these are being added to all of the time. 


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

11th January - Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines in Nottingham (includes bursary which pays the course fee)

14th January - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in Nottingham

18th & 19th January - Leading an Effective D&T Department in York (includes bursary which pays the course & accommodation fee)

23rd January - Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles at the University of East London

24th January - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification  at University of East London 


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#ThinkDo What materials might be used for these Christmas takeaway cups? What properties do the materials need to have?

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

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Resources to Support Lesson Planning for Next Term                 

There are a range of free resources on the website that might help reduce your lesson planning time over the holiday. These resources are always being added to so keep popping back to see what has been updated. Take a look at some of these to get you started:        

Let’s Learn resources are video links and lesson ideas around key learning areas all grouped together. 
 


#ThinkDo resources are short activities that are ideal for starters, plenaries and discussion points. 

Take a look at the resources that support my Product in a Tin competition


See a range of other free resources



Curriculum Updates

The New GCSE & A Level D&T Qualifications

At the time of writing AQA’s GCSE specification has still not been accepted by Ofqual and is on its 4th submission. This hasn’t been submitted yet, and it’s likely Christmas will delay things, so I suspect it will be mid January before we hear anything (and that assumes Ofqual don’t take the 40 days they are allocated to review things). Eduqas is on its third submission which was submitted on 14th December so again it’s likely to be mid January before we hear anything. Both OCR and Edexcel have been accredited for some time now at GCSE but if you are keen to wait for AQA and Eduqas in order to make a fully informed decision use the DfE Subject Content document that was released in 2015 for any planning or for option evening. This is what all boards are using as the basis for their specifications and this won’t change.  Keep your eye on the DfE website for updates on both the GCSE and A level.

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Ofsted & Marking

Ofsted have been releasing quite a bit of information recently on things that schools are doing where they are using Ofsted as justification, despite the fact that Offed themselves don’t require these things to be in place. The latest release surrounds marking, in particular it says that there is little research that suggests that detailed marking has a significant impact on pupils’ learning and that until such evidence is available this area should not be reported on or judged by Ofsted. All that should be focused on is whether marking follows the school’s assessment policy (and it might be useful to encourage your school to review this policy based on some of Ofsted comments). The resources below might be useful:


In The News

Mannequin Challenge

Dominic Aston and the D&T team at Audenshaw School have created a great mannequin challenge as a way of creating interest in their new Twitter feed (Audenshaw_dt). What a fab way of showcasing a department!


Useful Quick Links

Here are some useful quick links that might save you some planning time over the holiday ready for the new term:

A great short festive video by the IET on STEM (via Jason Elastic’s brother in law to be, David Biggins, on the Design and Technology Teachers Facebook group) 

Innovative new materials all designers should watch - interesting article to get students thinking about materials in the future 

Designing with smart textiles

A company who create tableware from plant fibres such as sugar cane, wheat, bamboo, and cellulose, all of which are a biodegradeable alternative to traditional Styrofoam takeaway containers. 


Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

Prize Announced for the 'Product In A Tin’ Competition

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This year's Product in a Tin competition launched some time ago but I hadn't had official confirmation about the prize at that point. I can now confirm that the main prize will be a H Class 100 Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine that retails at over £300. This prize goes to the school the winning student attends with the student receiving a smaller separate prize. A HUGE thank you to Coles Sewing Centre and Husqvarna Viking who have sponsored the main prize for the last 3 years. 

Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students

See the 2016 winners


Course Updates 

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

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 11th January, Nottingham
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Also 27th March, Nottingham)

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 14th January, Nottingham (24th Jan London & 22nd Feb Somerset also available) 


Leading an Effective D&T Department 18/19 Jan & 21/22 June (4 day residential split into 2 x 2 day blocks. Note we're delivering 18 Jan & 22 June only) STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, University of East London

(also Liverpool 30th January)


An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing, 23rd January, University of East London

Suitable for all D&T teachers

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, Liverpool

(also London 23rd January)


GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 24th January, University of East London 
(14th Jan Nottingham & 22nd Feb Somerset also available) 

Preparing to Teach the New Design and Technology AS and A Levels 10th & 11th February (2 days) Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.


GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 22nd Feb 2017, Somerset (24th Jan London also available) 

NEW VENUE & DATE


Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 10th & 11th March 2017 (2 days), STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee.


Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 27th March, Nottingham
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Also 11th January, 
Nottingham)

Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 4th & 5th May 2017 (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 



The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 13th May 2017, Thorp Academy, Ryton (nr Newcastle upon Tyne)  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T  £42 & Includes freebies NEW


The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 20th May 2017Gillingham  School, Dorset  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T  NEW £42 & Includes freebies 


Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your D&T Classroom 9th & 10th June 2017 (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. 
Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW


E-textiles Basics & A Beginner’s Guide to Programming 16th & 17th June 2017 (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW


Going Further With Technical Textiles in the New D&T Curriculum 23rd & 24th June 2017, (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 30th June & 1st July 2017 (2 days), STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee. NEW

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


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Biomimicry design challenge, Jack Wills, choosing adhesives, textiles techniques & building bridges with a difference

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The accredited Edexcel GCSE specification is now live on their website which means that there are now 2 fully accredited specifications for GCSE (with the other one being OCR). Edexcel also have an offer of free student textbooks for departments who enter students into their GCSE. Whilst this shouldn’t be a reason for choosing the specification it is a good money saving opportunity if this is the qualification you are considering. Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully as the books have to be paid for if you don’t actually enter students for the exam in 2019.

Looking for a course on the new GCSE? Look at the 2 day one at the STEM Centre Want a textiles specific course? Look at our course focusing on how textiles fits into the new GCSE 


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

24th Nov - Kitronik Teacher Evening with Just Add Sharks, BBC micro:bit & pizza!

25th/26th Nov - Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in D&T course

25th - 27th Nov - New Design Museum opening weekend

3rd Dec - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow ONLY 10 PLACES LEFT (Parsons Green, London £42) NOTE: VENUE DETAILS HAVE BEEN EMAILED TO DELEGATES WHO HAVE BOOKED. THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE DOWNLOADED HERE.

14th Dec - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in London  (at Lady Margaret School in London, the same school as the Roadshow) 3 PLACES LEFT


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#ThinkDo #Materials These textiles components are made out of metal alloys. What does the term alloy refer to? Give an example of an alloy.

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

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Let’s Learn                 This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Choosing ADHESIVES

  



  • Free ‘Learn-It’ resource on adhesives that can be downloaded from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Includes: choosing & using adhesives for fabric, metal, plastic, wood & other materials


TEXTILES TECHNIQUES






Links to a range of videos and instruction sheets on how to do selected textiles techniques. I originally produced these for the D&T Association and the links takes you directly to the free downloads on their website. Includes seams, shaping, edge finishes, fastenings & appliqué. 


See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

The biomimicry global design challenge has a category that secondary age students from anywhere in the world can enter. The brief is for a team to create a nature inspired innovation (which can be a product, service or system) that combats climate change based on inspiration from nature. There is a fee if you want to enter the challenge itself but the resources linked to the challenge are worth a look, especially the biomimicry toolbox and the AskNature resource which maps nature’s solutions to problems to help finding inspiration for problem solving quicker and easier. (Ends 30th April 2017)


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The Fabric of Jack 

The Fabric of Jack is the website of clothing company Jack Wills. It has lots of great information, images and videos that are really useful for lesson planning, including videos on industrial production. The website would also be useful for flipped learning homeworks and for research activities. Here is an is just one example from the website on how a Jack Wills hoodie is made (via Louise Mooney).


Bridge Building With a Difference

A 46 foot long ‘biobridge’ made out of hemp and flax fibres by Dutch students to demonstrate the use of more sustainable construction materials.

The Q'eswachaka Bridge that is rebuilt each year in a small town In Perú using traditional engineering techniques. The bridge is built in only three days using only grasses.The bridge has been rebuilt in this same location annually since the time of the Incas.



Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

NEW 'Product In A Tin’ Competition (deadline 1st August 2017)

After the success of the 2016 competition the theme of a ‘Product in a Tin’ continues for a second year but with a few changes that make it a little different.  

Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students

See the 2016 winners



Course Updates 

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

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom  25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre, York. See photosBursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 3rd Dec, London  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T  New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & Includes freebies  ONLY 10 PLACES LEFT

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee.

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available) ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT


A Beginner’s Guide to Electronics  NEW
13th January 2017, Nottingham

Includes components to take away

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 14th January, Nottingham 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 11th January, Nottingham NEW
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Also 27th March, 
Nottingham)

Leading an Effective D&T Department 18/19 Jan & 21/22 June (4 day residential split into 2 x 2 day blocks. Note we're delivering 18 Jan & 22 June only) STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee

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Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, University of East London NEW

(also Liverpool 30th January)


An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing, 23rd January, University of East London NEW

Suitable for all D&T teachers

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 24th January, University of East London 

(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 14th Jan Nottingham also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, Liverpool NEW

(also London 23rd January)


An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners 3rd February, Nottingham NEW

Includes components to take away & project ideas


Microcontrollers & Programming in Electronics & E-textiles 4th February, Nottingham NEW 

Includes components to take away


Preparing to Teach the New Design and Technology AS and A Levels 10th & 11th February (2 days) 
Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 11th January, Nottingham NEW
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Also 11th January, 
Nottingham)

Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 4th & 5th May 2017 (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 
NEW TECHNICIAN COURSE


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


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

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

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

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Design careers, wood tailoring, literacy & numeracy & useful links

Have you booked your ticket for London Textiles Teacher Roadshow yet? There are just 3 weeks left to book your place for a great day celebrating textiles with workshops, resources and freebies all for just £42. The focus is on the new GCSE D&T but the workshops and resources will also be relevant to those delivering art textiles and the Tech Awards. Book your place now.

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See the photos from the Nottingham Roadshow in October which will be the same as the London event. 

See the eleven free A2 posters on textiles that each delegate who attends the Roadshow will receive.


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

11th Nov - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in Liverpool (too late to book this event but why not look at the dates in London & Nottingham?)

24th Nov - Kitronik Teacher Evening with Just Add Sharks, BBC micro:bit & pizza!

25th/26th Nov - Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in D&T course

25th - 27th Nov - New Design Museum opening weekend

3rd Dec - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Parsons Green, London £42 - Book soon as half the tickets have now sold


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#ThinkDo Poster in Ikea pledging to use cotton that is socially & environmentally responsible. Outline the different ways they might do this. 

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

See regular #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook


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Wood Tailoring

Includes a video of the wood tailoring process & similar activities students can experiment with






The work Färg and Blanche, a Swedish and French design duo, combines materials and techniques in an interesting way. Their ‘Wood Tailoring’ range consists of plywood stitched together using heavy duty sewing machines. Fredrik Färg says "Sewing is so heavily associated with the fashion industry but we like to think we're tailoring each of these pieces to create Haute Couture furniture,”.

Design careers

Great for the ‘past & present professionals’ section of the new GCSE D&T as well as the careers section of the Tech Awards

AllCreative is a website that aims to showcase a range of careers in the creative industries and their importance to the UK economy. It includes a wide range of professionals within the design industry from fashion, architecture to graphic design. (via Louise Burnett on the Design and Technology Teachers Forum) 

See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy have a high profile in all subject areas and this is further emphasised by the maths content in the new GCSE D&T. There are a wide range of strategies commonly used in schools such as learning mats, keyword walls, and model answers and the links below include a range of websites that offer support. 

DfE document on literacy and numeracy

National Numeracy website supporting mathematical thinking in everyday life

The National Numeracy Challenge - an interactive website that helps young people and adults improve their maths skills 

The Literacy Trust website supporting the development of literacy skills

Take a look at the literacy and numeracy resources on www.jambledandt.com, including free downloads for literacy and numeracy mats. 

literacy numeracy pencils

These pencils are a fun, low key way of raising the profiles of literacy and numeracy. The Stabilo timetables pencils are from Wilko and are 4 for £1.50. The word count pencil shows how many words you have written as it wears down and was created Mark Champions who is the artist in residence for the London Science Museum (and the pencils can be purchased in their shop)


Useful Links

The story behind the Solar Puff light pillow inspired by origami and developed after the Haiti earthquake 2010 for those that have no access to electricity across the world


History of the origins of African Vlisco fabrics that have become a mainstay of African fashion

Football kits by Adidas for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid made from up-cycled marine plastic debris and featuring water based environmentally friendly prints. 


Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

NEW 'Product In A Tin’ Competition (deadline 1st August 2017)

After the success of the 2016 competition the theme of a ‘Product in a Tin’ continues for a second year but with a few changes that make it a little different.  

Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students

See the 2016 winners



Course Updates 

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

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 11th November, Liverpool   

(14th Dec, London, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom  25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre, York. See photosBursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 3rd Dec, London  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T  New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & Includes freebies  BOOK SOON AS HALF THE TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee.

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED


A Beginner’s Guide to Electronics  NEW
13th January 2017, Nottingham

Includes components to take away

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 14th January, Nottingham 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 11th January, Nottingham NEW
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Also 27th March, 
Nottingham)

Leading an Effective D&T Department 18/19 Jan & 21/22 June (4 day residential split into 2 x 2 day blocks. Note we're delivering 18 Jan & 22 June only) STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, University of East London NEW

(also Liverpool 30th January)


An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing, 23rd January, University of East London NEW

Suitable for all D&T teachers



GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 24th January, University of East London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 14th Jan Nottingham also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 30th January, Liverpool NEW

(also London 23rd January)


An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners 3rd February, Nottingham NEW

Includes components to take away & project ideas


Microcontrollers & Programming in Electronics & E-textiles 4th February, Nottingham NEW 

Includes components to take away

Preparing to Teach the New Design and Technology AS and A Levels 10th & 11th February (2 days) Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW

Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 4th & 5th May 2017 (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 
NEW TECHNICIAN COURSE


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


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

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

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 & low cost CPD, biomimicry, electronics & e-textiles, tutor time activities & useful links

Just before half term OCR’s GCSE specification was accredited by Ofqual making them the first board to get the go ahead with the new specs. According to the DfE guidance page Edexcel’s is also now ratified, along with their A level, although at the time of writing there doesn’t seem to be anything on Pearson’s website to confirm this. AQA submitted their second submission for GCSE late last week although again I can’t see the updated 2nd draft on their website at the moment. Eduqas are due to submit their 3rd resubmission although no date is indicated as to when this might be. Keep an eye on this DfE page for updates. 

If you are looking for courses on the new qualifications we’re running one at the STEM Centre on the GCSE as well as one on the A Level (both include bursaries to pay for the fees and accommodation). If you want something more textiles specific, look at our course focusing on  how textiles fits into the new GCSE with dates in London (one at the University of East London and another at Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green), Liverpool, and Nottingham. Lots of other new courses have also been added to the course calendar this week so scroll down to the bottom of the page for details. 


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

4th/5th Nov - E-textiles Basics & A Beginner’s Introduction to Programming (too late to book now - why not book the one in on 16th & 17th June?)

7th - 11th Nov - Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

7th - 18th Nov - I’m An Engineer online challenge - an X Factor style event where students can see & interact with engineers

11th Nov - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in Liverpool (dates also available at 2 venues in London & Nottingham)

24th Nov - Kitronik Teacher Evening with Just Add Sharks, BBC micro:bit & pizza!

25th/26th Nov - Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in D&T course

25th - 27th Nov - New Design Museum opening weekend

3rd Dec - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Parsons Green, London £42 - Book soon as half the tickets have now sold


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#ThinkDo                        Quick activities with a free photo. Find out  more

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#ThinkDo What user needs can you see? What would you design?
Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

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Videos, #ThinkDo cards and various weblinks and activities including resources by Janine Benyus who was the first person to use the phrase biomimicry in the late 1990s. 

Electronics, e-textiles & wearables

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Videos, #ThinkDo cards and weblinks on electronics, e-textiles and wearables including tutorial handouts on the micro:bit and Igloo. Also includes the Project Jacquard Trucker Jacket and the Zeeq Smart Pillow



See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Useful Links

Korean designer Woojai Lee who is using recycled newspapers to create furniture 

The use of fur tends to get a lot of attention for being cruel but this is an interesting article which might be good for discussion on whether using wool is cruel. 

Infographic on how Coca Cola recycles plastic bottles to create new & innovative items

Article on textiles manufacturing in the Britain and why some of it is returning to the UK


Low Cost & Free CPD

Online Courses

If CPD is difficult to access in your school the University of Leeds Future Learn website is worth a look as it has a number of free online courses that run at different times of the year. At the beginning of term I did a series of them on innovation to find out what they were like. The content is pretty basic but they were interesting and relevant as well as being manageable with just a couple of hours over a 2 week period. A range of activities are set including videos, some personal reflection and research as well as contributing to online forums. The timings were very flexible and you could interact as much or as little with the rest of the community who were also taking the course. As well as being useful short CPD for teachers the courses are particularly useful as homework or flipped learning activities for students, especially Post 16. 

Free Courses at the National STEM Learning Centre

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Don’t forget we run a number of courses at the National STEM Learning Centre all of which have bursaries which pay the course fee and for any accommodation on 2 day courses. New ones added recently include on on the new GCSE D&T, the new D&T A levels, as well as technician courses to support the new GCSE D&T and on sewing machine maintenance. To see all of the current courses we are running at the Centre visit the course calendar or scroll down.

This blog on the National STEM Learning Centre website has some useful thoughts on how to submit CPD proposals to senior leadership by focusing on the impact and cost benefits of CPD as an investment. 

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow

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At £42 this is our lowest cost course, something we are able to do because the day is sponsored by a number of companies. The first Roadshow of this academic year took place at the beginning of October with 40 enthusiastic teachers spending the day dong a range of hands on activities and the next one will be in London on 3rd December. Find out more about the Roadshow


Tutor Time Activities

DNA Journey

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This video by Momondoan independent global travel search website, might be a useful tutor time activity. I first saw it on the JambleD&T group and it has a powerful message about the fact that we have more in common with other nationalities than we might think. Sixty seven people from all over the world took a DNA test to find out about their heritage with lots of surprises they weren’t expecting. 


Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

NEW 'Product In A Tin’ Competition (deadline 1st August 2017)

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After the success of the 2016 competition the theme of a ‘Product in a Tin’ continues for a second year but with a few changes that make it a little different.  

Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students

See the 2016 winners


Course Updates 

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

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 11th November, Liverpool   

(14th Dec, London, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom  25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre, York. See photosBursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 28th & 29th November 2016 (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 
NEW TECHNICIAN COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 3rd Dec, London  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T (8th Oct, Nottingham also available) New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & Includes freebies  BOOK SOON AS HALF THE TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee.

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GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED


A Beginner’s Guide to Electronics  NEW
13th January 2017, Nottingham

Includes components to take away

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 14th January, Nottingham 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 11th January, Nottingham NEW
Bursary available which pays the course fee.
(Also 27th March, 
Nottingham)

Leading an Effective D&T Department 18/19 Jan & 21/22 June (4 day residential split into 2 x 2 day blocks - note we are delivering 18 Jan & 22nd June only) STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee

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Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, University of East London NEW

(also Liverpool 30th January)

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An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing, 23rd January, University of East London NEW

Suitable for all D&T teachers


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GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 24th January, University of East London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 14th Jan Nottingham also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, Liverpool NEW

(also London 23rd January)

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An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners 3rd February, Nottingham NEW

Includes components to take away & project ideas

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Microcontrollers & Programming in Electronics & E-textiles 4th February, Nottingham NEW 

Includes components to take away


Preparing to Teach the New Design and Technology AS and A Levels 10th & 11th February (2 days) Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW

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


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Rethink & redesign, wool week, famous failures, & lots of freebies

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Everything is all set for the Textiles Teacher Roadshow this weekend. All tickets have now sold and I am really looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces as well as meeting new delegates. This is one of my favourite courses during the year as there’s always such a buzz with delegates sharing ideas and news. This year the focus is on textiles in the new GCSE and, whilst there are many challenges ahead for D&T teachers with the new specs, the day aims to show how the new qualification can be just as creative with textiles still retaining its unique identity. Although the focus is on D&T textiles the day will be just as much fun for teachers who are going down the art textiles and tech awards route and the main aim is to celebrate all things textiles. Why not come to the same event that will run in London on 3rd December?  


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

8th Oct - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Nottingham SOLD OUT BUT TICKETS FOR THE SAME EVENT IN LONDON ON 3RD DEC ARE STILL AVAILABLE 

9th Oct - Online support 7-8pm for food teachers on food provenance 

9th Oct - Deadline to download my Facebook Freebie on careers in textiles & fashion

7th Oct - 16th Oct - Northern Design Festival (Newcastle & Gateshead venues)

12th - 23rd Oct - Design Manchester


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#ThinkDo What fixing techniques are used on this outdoor chair? Why have these techniques been chosen?

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Let’s Learn                 This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Rethink & redesign

Good for introducing design fixation & creative thinking.

Each product includes a short video & thinking points. 


This section of Let’s Learn focuses on products that have been redesigned in different way to the traditional product we know. Products include the umbrella, life jacket, big and baby carrier.

Wool

Includes artists who work with wool, processing wool, & technical uses of wool such as tennis balls & performance wool used by the army.

10th - 16th October is Wool Week so why not use some of these resources on wool in some of your lessons? Also Keep an eye on The Campaign for Wool website as they will have lots of events & resources during Wool Week. 

See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Useful Links

Alleles Design Studio who create custom designed prosthetic leg covers from ABS. Includes a short video on the prosthetic cover

Talent 2030 competition National Engineering Competition for Girls

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Food teachers, have you seen the Food Teacher Resource Bank by the Food Teachers Centre? All of the resources shared on their Facebook group have been organised so you can access them offline and find the resources you want more easily. Find out more

New exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum 1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs (until 15 January 2017)

New exhibition at by the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, called Stories in Stitch (until March 2017)

New exhibition at the Barbican opens called The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined (13th Oct until 5th Feb 2017)


Tutor Time Activities

Famous Failures

The term ‘grit’ is in the news a lot at the moment, particularly in relation to education, where it is seen as an important skill for young people to develop to help them cope with life’s stresses and strains, and to help them have staying power to aim for what they want in life.   

In particular a key part of ‘grit’ is giving students the opportunity to fail at something, along with the ability to recognise failure as a positive thing. This is something we already recognise in D&T but this is also a useful focus for tutor time activities. 

Useful tutor time discussions might be to get students to think about famous failures and how for many people failure was in reality what ultimately made them a success. Dyson even use their failures as a marketing strategy as can be seen in the image on the right. 

Famous failures include:

  • Michael Jordan, the basketball player was dropped from his High School basketball team
  • John Wayne, the Hollywood actor, was rejected from the United States Naval Academy
  • Beethoven's music teacher told him he was a useless composer
  • Henry Ford first two businesses failed before his Henry Ford Motor Company was set up
  • Steven Spielberg, the film director, dropped out of school which meant he was rejected from 3 film schools because of poor grades
  • Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister, did badly in school and had a speech impediment when he was young
  • Walt Disney was fired by the editor of a newspaper as he didn't have enough good ideas
  • Albert Einstein learnt to speak late and performed poorly in school
  • The Beatles were rejected by the Decca record label as they said didn't like their sound and they didn't have a future


This short video might be also be a useful as a prompt for discussion.



Course Updates 

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

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines Dates coming soon for London, York & Nottingham. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to be informed when dates are released. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course fee.

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 
4th & 5th Nov 2016, (2 days), York. Also suitable for non specialists. 
 See photos. Bursary for state schools & academies pays the course & accommodation fee.

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (includes new GCSE)  (delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational)  9th November, London

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool   
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre. See photosBursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London 
 INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(8th Oct, Nottingham also available)
New content for the new academic year: 
focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)


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. 


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

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Free resource on careers in fashion & textiles, open evening ideas & resources, useful quick links & lots of freebies

Careers resource

This week I have released my latest free resource offer which is a PDF resource on careers in the fashion and textiles industry. I had hoped to release this a few weeks ago but it took a little while longer to get organised than I had anticipated. It is more of an information resource than one for display although there are quite a few sections that are ideal for printing off for open evenings and options. Although it is targeted at Post 16 students the resource also includes activities for younger students which might be particularly suitable for homework. Anyone attending The Textiles Teacher Roadshow (Nottingham on 8th October or London on 3rd December) or the GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification course (Liverpool 11th November or London 14th December) will also receive a Word copy of the document (making it easier to edit) as well as jpeg copies of all of the images (over 60 images).


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

2nd Oct - Online support 7-8pm: resources & equipment for food 

4th Oct - The Graphics of Punk exhibition opens at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (until 29 January 2017)

8th Oct - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Nottingham ONLY A WEEK LEFT TO BOOK YOUR PLACE & ONLY 6 TICKETS LEFT

9th Oct - Deadline to download my Facebook Freebie on careers in textiles & fashion

13th Oct - New exhibition at the Barbican opens called The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined (on until 5th Feb 2017)


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#ThinkDo #Design What patterns do you see around you? How might you use them as inspiration?
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Let’s Learn                     This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Beach Vault

Includes a short video.

Useful for thinking about user needs and designing for real problems.

A storage system for keeping personal belongings safe while you are on the beach.


Rumpl wrap

Good inspiration for an A level design brief focused on products that transform into something else.

Also useful as a starting point for a starter or short design activity.

An outdoor coat that transforms into a blanket designed by a company who want to transform our thinking about interior design by using outdoor performance fabrics in place of traditional ones.

See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Open Evenings

It’s open evenings for many schools this term. If you are looking for ideas for ways of showcasing work take a look at some of these ideas from a range of schools, all of which are featured on the ‘Featured Schools’ page of my website. 

They include a pop up shop idea from Tracey Heaton at Flixton Girls’ School in Trafford, a selfie poster from Jonny Meeson & Caroline Gallagher from Wymondham College in Norfolk, a door frame sized weaving loom from Tamsin Mitchell from Lady Margaret School in London and You Tube videos from Sandback School in Cheshire and The Cedars Upper School in Bedfordshire.

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If you are looking for an activity idea how about using some inspiration from my local shopping centre who ran a community project with children decorating leaves which were made into a dress by a local corset maker. The leaves are made out of paper but could easily be made out of fabric, or any other material if you want to focus on the broader materials approach for the new GCSE D&T. Find out more about this project.

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If you are looking some quick displays with impact the Tomorrow’s Engineers website has a great free poster download on 10 reasons to become a scientist or engineer. The poster includes a specific reference to the value of D&T and it's good to see this also includes textiles. Download the poster here

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Sainsbury’s are also currently selling a Dorling Kindersley book called How Super Cool Stuff Works for £9 and this might be suitable for making into posters. Like most DK books it is very visual with loads of annotated images and glossy, bright coloured pages that will instantly cheer up a gloomy corridor. See more images from this book.

Careers in Fashion &  Textiles

If you are looking for textiles resources for open evening download my current free resource on careers in fashion and textiles. Although the resource is designed as an information resource rather than for display there are quite a few sections that you might be able to use as handouts or to create your own displays from.


Useful Links

Once you have done your displays for open evening why not enter them for this National STEM Learning Centre Competition. You could win one of six prizes of £200 worth of vouchers.

A new type of farming - edible insects. Find out about PROteINSECT, a potential project for farming insects for livestock feed. This would make a great discussion getting students to challenge their norms and expectations. 

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Jorge & Esther are a Spanish company who create custom clothing and accessories that integrate digital technologies. Programmable plaid is one of their latest projects with warp and weft yarns that create tartan patterns on the fabric surface. 

The story behind the creation of the Ikea Poang chair including an interview with its Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura

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Threeasfour, a fashion design company who experimenting with 3D printing. As well as their website take a look at this article where they talk about 3D printing being the future of fashion 


Course Updates 

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

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines Dates coming soon for London, York & Nottingham. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to be informed when dates are released. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 6 TICKETS LEFT
8th Oct, Nottingham  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(3rd Dec, London also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 
4th & 5th Nov 2016, (2 days), York. Also suitable for non specialists. 
 See photos. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (includes new GCSE)  (delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational)  9th November, London

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool   
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), York. See photosBursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee. 

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London 
 INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(8th Oct, Nottingham also available)
New content for the new academic year: 
focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)


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. 


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

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

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

My new competition, universal design, designing for well being, new uses for traditional materials & lots of free resources

Posters

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow is the first big course of the term and this is now just a few weeks away. There are only 9 tickets left so if you’re planning to attend book soon to avoid disappointment. If you can’t attend on 8th October take a look at the London event on 3rd December which will be the same. Delegates at both events get a free set of 11 glossy A2 textiles posters which are great for those blank walls at open evenings (you can see some of the posters above).

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There have been some unexpected delays in getting new dates for the sewing machine maintenance courses because of complications out of our control. Apologies to those who have have expressed an interest and we hope to have details soon.

This week I have been planning dates and venues for courses after Christmas, including ones on CAD and 3D printing, exam technique for A level D&T textiles, e-textiles as well as one on programming. I hope to be able to release dates and venues for these soon. Other course titles are also in the pipeline and if there’s any other courses you would like to see run email me at julie@julieboyd.co.uk

Don’t forget if you are looking for CPD but have a limited budget, the courses we run at the National STEM Learning Centre have a bursary that state schools and academies can apply for which pays the course fee (and any accommodation for 2 day courses). There are ones coming up on the new D&T GCSE, E-textiles and programming and technical textiles. 

 

Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

25th Sept - Online support 7-8pm: for food teachers on the obesity strategy 

26th Sept - Online support 7.30pm for food teachers on Grain Chain 

17th - 25th Sept - London Design Festival

18th - 25th Sept - Global Goals Week (raising awareness of global goals for sustainable development)

8th Oct - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Nottingham ONLY 9 TICKETS LEFT


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#ThinkDo #Design Everyday items such as TVs are constantly developing newer & better technologies. What developments do you predict for the next 3 years? 10 years? 20 years?

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Let’s Learn                     This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Universal Design

Useful for A level students trying to identify a suitable user and need for their coursework design brief.

The principles of universal design including a short video, some thinking points and some useful website links for research. 


Designing for wellbeing

Useful for A level students trying to identify a suitable user and need for their coursework design brief.

This might also be useful for other year groups who are thinking about designing and using pattern in their work. 

The work of Stallion and Chan who have researched what emotions visual characteristics such as pattern produce and how this can be used in the design of products to change our state of mind. 


See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Useful Links

D&T Futures Lecture: Wayne Hemingway

If you weren’t able watch the D&T Futures lecture by Wayne Hemingway last week you can watch it on D&TTV for free if you are a member (£3.99 for non members). It is really interesting to hear Wayne Hemingway talk about his beginnings in fashion design and how he has diversified into other areas of design and it’s a good example of how design is not limited by the materials and processes used. 


New Uses For Traditional Materials

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Who says wood has to be a hard material used for furniture? Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture fashion collection used balsa wood to create thousands of tiny sequins and decorations used on a variety of garments including a wedding dress. Some garments are completely covered in balsa wood but they are still soft, flexible and elegant just like any other Chanel collection. See the suit in the image above on Chanel’s ‘Wooden Embroideries’ page. Some of the ideas are amazing and it is great inspiration for the new GCSE and a good way of getting students thinking about materials in a broader sense. 

Visit this Let’s Learn page to find out more about Chanel’s collection, including video on how some of the garments using balsa wood were made, as well as some textiles activities you can do using balsa. 

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Want more exciting ideas like this to help you introduce the broader materials focus into textiles as part of the new GCSE D&T? Take a look at the courses in Liverpool and London.


Practical Action Design For a Better World Competition 

Visit Practical Action’s website for their global design challenge for 11-14 year olds (deadline 16th December 2016). There are lots of resources on global goals for sustainable development in different contexts and exploring a range of technologies that are being developed to help address these issues. 


BP Competition: The Ultimate STEM Challenge 

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is a competition by BP, the Science Museum and STEM Learning for 11-14 year olds tackling real world problems. Students work in groups of two to four either in school or independently and create a short film or presentation showcasing their idea (deadline for submission is 13 January 2017). Find out more.


My New Competition Announced

New Competition: Product in a Tin - But With a New Twist For 2017

It’s a new school year and we are starting with a new competition that will run until 1st August 2017. The prize hasn’t yet been confirmed but fingers crossed it will be a £300 sewing machine similar to the 2016 prize. 

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The success of the 2016 Product in a Tin competition means we are running the theme for another year but with a few new twists that make it a little different. The biggest change is that, along with at least one textiles material and technique, entries must also include at least one non textiles material such as paper, metal, wood or plastic.

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The new twist in the competition aims to bring it in line with the new GCSE 2017 and to encourage students (and teachers!) to recognise that most textiles products use other materials in some format or other. But don’t worry this doesn’t mean the competition has lost its textiles heart, and indeed the entries of all winners from previous years, including this year, would still meet the new criteria (the bunting and bag in the image use plastic buttons and the postcard has metal sequins and uses plastic sweet wrappers). The new criteria will, however, potentially open up the competition to a broader group of students who might not previously have entered. There are lots of student resources to get students going as well as some teacher ones

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Students could use a non textiles material in the form of a bought component e.g. plastic buttons, metal buckle, wooden bead. This keyring is a good example as it uses a metal split ring. Metal is also hidden inside the keyring as it uses LEDs as well as conductive thread.

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For those who want to be a little more adventurous students can now make part of their entry using non textiles materials e.g. laser cutting their own buttons, or 3D printing a section of their design, as can be seen in the  light in the image which has a 3D printed framework, with a textiles material attached, which has then been sewn together. See more about this project here


Find out more about the competition & see the student & teacher resources

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See the 2016 winner and runners up



Course Updates 

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

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines Dates coming soon for London, York & Nottingham. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to be informed when dates are released. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow ONLY 9 TICKETS LEFT
8th Oct, Nottingham  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(3rd Dec, London also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 
4th & 5th Nov 2016, (2 days), York. 
Might also interest non specialists.  See photos. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (includes new GCSE)  (delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational)  9th November, London

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool   
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), York. See photosBursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London 
 INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(8th Oct, Nottingham also available)
New content for the new academic year: 
focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)


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. 


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

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

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

Competition winner announced, Tech Awards draft specs, assessment without levels & lots of free resources

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It has been a busy week this week with the winners of my competition from last term being chosen and plans for the new competition being started. Scroll down for more information on the competition winners. 

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I have also been working on the plans for The Textiles Teacher Roadshow with the first one of the year coming up in a few weeks on 8th October (there are only 12 tickets left for Nottingham but still lots for London on 3rd December). The competition winners will be on display at the Roadshow and as the draft spec for AQA’s Tech Awards has now been released this will now be mentioned along with the D&T GCSE and the role that textiles plays in the new qualification. 


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

16th - 20th Sept - London Fashion Week

17th - 25th Sept - London Design Festival

18th Sept - World’s Largest Lesson focusing on ending poverty, fighting inequality & injustice and fixing climate change

18th Sept - Online support 7-8pm for food teachers on open days 

19th Sept - Online support 7.30pm for food teachers on the Wellcome Foundation The Crunch resource 

8th Oct - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Nottingham (ONLY 12 TICKETS LEFT)


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

#ThinkDo                        Quick activities with a free photo. Find out  more

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#ThinkDo Table top designed by Jon Burgerman. Find out more about his work at www.jonburgerman.com. How would you use his work to inspire you?
Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See regular #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook


Facebook                       Daily updates & resources. Find out more

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Click on the links below to see more:


Let’s Learn                  This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Cardboard

Includes a video, a #ThinkDo activity, some thinking points and useful links


  • The EcoHelmet folding bike helmet that has just won a Dyson award
  • A concertina recycled cardboard stool



Paper Patterns

Suitable for all year groups.

The book is particularly good for encouraging students to create their own patterns for garments without them having to learn complex pattern making techniques. 

  • 2 websites that provide free online paper patterns 
  • A Vogue ‘hack’ pattern with instructions on how to modify a pattern to create a classic ‘Mondrian’ dress (as seen on The Great British Sewing Bee)
  • Book recommendation ‘No Patterns Needed’ which explains how to create paper patterns from rectangles, triangles & circles


Curriculum Updates

AQA Tech Awards

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The draft specifications for the AQA Tech Awards were released this week. There are a number of subject areas but the ones most relevant to most of us are Fashion and Textiles, Food and Catering, Materials Technology, Visual Communication. The ones on Health and Social Care might also be of interest to some teachers. Don’t forget that these are currently just the draft versions so they may well change but they are a good starting point to get an idea of what the Tech Awards might be like.  Click here for more information

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Want a course on the new GCSE?
The National STEM Learning Centre 9th & 10th December (bursary available that pays the fees if you’re a state school or academy)

Textiles in the new GCSE courses in London and Liverpool


Assessment Without Levels

If you have responsibility for assessment in your department Life After Levels is a new website that you might find useful. Many schools I visit are still using levels in the same way as before, often at the insistence of heads, even though their professional association (NAHT) strongly recommends against this, so the link might also be useful to pass onto your senior leadership. The website is a collaboration between The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and Frog Education and is designed to support schools with the opportunities presented by the removal of levels. There are useful free resources on the website as well as short video guides. 


Competitions

Winners of my ‘Product in a Tin’ Competition Announced

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Huge congratulations to Ann Lenton whose student was the winner of my ‘Product in a Tin’ competition. The standard of entries was excellent and even higher than previous years making the judging very challenging. The competition is unusual in that students have to submit a finished product rather than just design work. It is a real privilege that students share their work with me especially as the logistics mean it is not possible to return any products. 

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It is clear from the work that many students put an incredible amount of energy and effort into their entries. As well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes there are also categories for ‘highly commended’ and ‘merit’ to acknowledge in a small way the work students put in. I know how much a certificate through the post or a photo on a website can mean when you are young and I have had a number of moving emails this week from parents who say what a massive confidence boost it has been for students even if they have only been awarded the lower category awards. Selected entries will be on display at The Textiles Teacher Roadshow (8th October Nottingham and 3rd December London).

Click here to see all prize winners and to find out more about the winning entry

There are some details on the new competition on the website but there are still some bits to finalise and upload so I will cover this in more detail next week. 


Other Competitions to Look At

Design Ventura - creating a product for sale in the Design Museum shop during sept register (registration deadline is September)

I’m An Engineer Get Me Out of Here - an X Factor style competition between engineers where students are the judges

YFDUK - Young Fashion Designer UK competition 

Alu D&T Challenge - creating sustainable designs using aluminium

Click here for more competitions


Useful Links

Free Copy of ‘D&T for the Next Generation'

There is a free download of ‘D&T for the Next Generation’ on David Bartlex and Torben Steeg’s website. This book was originally published in 2007, so it is quite old, but there is still has some very relevant content in it and it is definitely worth a look. 



Thermochromic Textiles

I have had a number of queries recently about thermochromic textiles products as it would seem you can't get the Babyglow sleep suits anymore that I have shown on a lot of my courses. Top Shop currently have thermochromic ’smiley face' t.shirt on their website although it is very expensive at £28. If you type 'hyper colour' or 'technicolour' into a search engine or into Amazon or Ebay you should come up with some cheaper alternatives. Be sure to read the description as some of the brands use wording to indicate bright bold colours rather than a thermochromic reaction.


Course Updates 

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

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines Dates coming soon for London, York & Nottingham. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to be informed when dates are released. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow ONLY 12 TICKETS LEFT
8th Oct, Nottingham  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(3rd Dec, London also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 
4th & 5th Nov 2016, (2 days), STEM Centre, York.
Might also be on interest to non specialists.  See photos. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (includes new GCSE)  (delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational)  9th November, London

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool   
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre, York. See photosBursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London 
 INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(8th Oct, Nottingham also available)
New content for the new academic year: 
focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)


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. 


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

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

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

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D&T on the t.v., getting to know your tutor group, curriculum updates, & lots of free resources

I hope everyone has had a good start to the new term. I’ve been busy this week creating a free resource on careers in textiles which will hopefully be released some time next week. Did you know there’s a predicted growth of 15,000 - 20,000 textiles jobs by 2020 particularly in areas related to textiles technology? Did you know that Russell Group universities offer fashion and textiles courses? Did you know some fashion courses now ask for science or science related qualifications because of the high tech developments in the industry? All of this will be covered in the free resource  and details of how to download it will be posted on my Facebook page and in the blog. 


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

12th Sept - Last day to download the free resource offer of 127 #ThinkDo activities

11th Sept - Online support 7-8pm: planning for the new food GCSE 

12th Sept - Online support 7.30pm for food teachers on chilled education 

13th Sept - D&T Futures: Wayne Hemingway Design Lecture at Royal College of Arts, London 6pm - 7.30pm (free for D&TA members). If you can’t be there you can also watch it live via tv.data.org.uk

16th - 20th Sept - London Fashion Week

17th - 25th Sept - London Design Festival

18th Sept - World’s Largest Lesson focusing on ending poverty, fighting inequality & injustice and fixing climate change

8th Oct - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Nottingham (2/3rds of the tickets have sold so book soon to avoid disappointment)


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

#ThinkDo                           Quick activities with a free photo. Find out more

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If you haven’t already downloaded them there are just a few days left to download the 127 #ThinkDo activity cards currently on offer via my Facebook page (offer closes 12th September). You can access the resource here

Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss future offers. 
See regular #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook


Facebook                        Daily updates & resources. Find out more

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Click on the links below to see more:


Let’s Learn                      This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Smart Materials

Includes discussion points & #ThinkDo activity cards

Find out more about photochromic and thermochromic materials including a mug, t.shirts, a babygro and a beer can

Away to Mars

Good for KS4 & 5 textiles students, particularly for extension activities & Post 16 independent study

A collaborative fashion design platform students can join where selected products are produced and sold. 

The Dyson brand

Links to past & present professionals in the curriculum

Focus on the design thinking behind Dyson products. Useful for prototyping, testing & the benefits of failure when designing

See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Curriculum Updates

The New GCSE & A Level D&T Qualifications

Many of you will have seen over the holiday that none of the GCSE or A level specifications were passed by Ofqual. This was pretty much expected as something like 95% of all qualifications in all subjects fail the initial submission. 

OCR have already submitted their specification and have uploaded the revised edition on their website.  Note this is the second draft and still has to be reviewed by Ofqual. Edexcel is due to resubmit today, Eduqas say theirs will be resubmitted on 29th September but AQA won’t be resubmitting until 28th October. I don’t know how much we can read into the resubmission dates but it does tell us that we won’t get any final details for all exam boards until later in the year (and that assumes they are successful second time around). 

Resubmission dates for the A level are 8th September for Edexcel, 6th October for Eduqas, 14th October for OCR and 4th November for AQA. 

If you want to stay up to date with the resubmissions this is the weblink to look at. 

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If you are looking for courses on the new GCSE take a look at the one we are running on behalf of Keynote Educational on 9th November, and the 2 day one at The National STEM Learning Centre on 9th & 10th December (which has a bursary that pays the fees if you are a state school or academy). If you want to find out more about textiles in the new GCSE look at the courses in London and Liverpool. 


In The News

D&T on the TV

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There have been quite a few D&T related programmes recently and this week this included a visit inside the Dyson factory featured on the Hidden Britain by Drone (episode 2) and footwear design and manufacture featured on Inside the Factory (BBC 2). 

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The programme on footwear design was particularly interesting with lots of useful learning points relating to textiles as well as to D&T generally. The episode can be purchased from the BBC store for £1.89 (thanks to Jill Lesbirel for letting me know as I wasn’t aware of this) and it would be a useful classroom resource. It is available until the end of the month on iPlayer for free and it would be a great flipped learning homework. Learning includes the manufacturing processes used when making a trainer, machinery used when making footwear, scales of production, designing a shoe, degree courses at Cordwainers, materials used for shoemaking, history of shoemaking, hand made ballet shoes compared to mass production. It is very boy friendly and helps combat some of the stereotypes about what textiles is.

There is also a programme on Thursday 8th September (as well as Thursday 15th) on BBC2 at 9pm called Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue which might also be useful as a homework especially for A level textiles students.

The final one isn’t a mainstream t.v. programme but if you can’t get to the D&T Futures: Wayne Hemingway Design Lecture at Royal College of Arts in London on 13th September you can watch it live via tv.data.org.uk (6pm - 7.30pm)


Tutor Time Activities

Getting to Know You

If you are looking for ways of getting to know your new tutor group over the next few weeks, especially younger groups, there are a couple of ideas on the links below: http://goo.gl/DAxv0N

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Course Updates 

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

servicingTextiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines Dates coming soon for London, York & Nottingham. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to be informed when dates are released. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
8th Oct, Nottingham  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(3rd Dec, London also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 
4th & 5th Nov 2016, (2 days), STEM Centre, York.
Might also be on interest to non specialists.  See photos. Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (includes new GCSE)  (delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational)  9th November, London

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool   
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre, York. See photosBursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London 
 INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(8th Oct, Nottingham also available)
New content for the new academic year: 
focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)


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. 


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

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

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

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Lots of free resources to get the term off to a good start!

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For some the holiday is long over and it already feels like the summer was ages ago, whilst for others there are still a few days left to go. The blog starts back up again this week after a break over the summer and whether you are already back at work, or if you have still have a few days of the break to enjoy, I hope this week’s blog provides some resources that will save you planning time. The blog this week mostly summarises a few of the things I have shared on my Facebook page over the summer.


Some Free Resources To Get Your Term Off To A Good Start 

#ThinkDo Freebie

There has been a free resource offer on my Facebook page for the last week or so consisting of 127 of my #ThinkDo activity cards. If you haven’t seen it yet it will be available to download until 12th September. These are all of the cards I have previously given away via my Facebook page in groups of around 30 but they have been amalgamated into one PowerPoint. If you have downloaded all of the previous Facebook freebies you will already have all of the resources but the download is worth a look if you have missed any of the previous freebies. You can access the resource here . Don’t forget to ‘like’ my Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss future offers. 

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Let’s Learn Resources on the Website

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Over the summer I've been working on a new section on the website called ‘Let’s Learn’. This aims to pull together and classify lots of the videos and links from my weekly blog, as well as other links and resources I think are useful. This means if you are looking for videos and links for a particular topic you will be able to find them more easily. There are a wide range of categories and these will grow and develop over time. The resources are targeted at both teachers and students. Visit the ‘Let’s Learn’ page.

How teachers might use these resources:

  • To support lesson planning
  • For starters, plenaries and lesson activities
  • For extension activities
  • For homework
  • As part of a flipped learning programme

How students might use these resources:

  • For independent learning activities 
  • For revision 
  • As part of research for homeworks & project work


Visit the 
‘Let’s Learn’ page


A Selection of Useful Links From My Facebook Page Over the Summer

The Brum Brum bike for 2-6 year olds which has an unusual design as well as a box you can colour in and make into somewhere to park your bike

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See photos from The Nottingham Carnival which was a brilliant example of a wide range of D&T materials being combined to create some fantastic creative costumes and animatronics. Textiles, wood, metal, plastics and paper were all on show along with lots of levers, mechanisms, electronics and forces. 

Interesting concept for a book design with a message about animal welfare 

Viktor and Rolf’s Vagabonds collection which uses fabric and garments from past collections that have been torn up, woven and manipulated to create new garments. This is great for students who are doing recycling projects 

Continuing the recycling theme students from the Design Academy Eindhoven were given the brief of recycling materials from airplanes including seat materials, seat belts, carpets and other cabin features & this article shows items they designed from convertible pillows, backpacks, on board slippers to in flight exercise equipment.

If you are planning any work on biomimicry this link has information on 5 animals that have inspired products or which could inspire them in the future.

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Pantone Studio is a free app from Pantone. The free app is restricted on what you can use it for but the colour picker is a useful feature that allows you to take a photo and create instant colour palettes as well as identifying which Pantone shade each colour is. The palettes can be printed or put into Photoshop. This could be a great homework activity with students taking photos and producing their own palettes along with using the palettes to design with (currently only available for the iPhone but versions are planned for Android). 

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Zubits, magnetic shoe closures that are an interesting development in fastenings

Thanks to Sylvia Patchett for flagging up this brilliant video on the challenge of designing for fire-fighters 

A baby carrier integrated into a t.shirt which is useful for thinking about product development as well as meeting user needs. 


Still On Holiday?

Still got a few days left of your holiday? Here are some D&T inspired day trips to get you in the mood to go back to work:

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Visit Made in Sheffield at the Millennium Gallery to see 150 local companies exhibit their work (until 8th January 2017). See photos from my visit

Colour and Vision at the Natural History Museum in London shows how our vision first, how it plays a huge role in the survival of many animals, how colours are used in nature, and how colour influences art, design and innovation (until 6th November 2016)

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Nottingham Castle has a small exhibition of 10 drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci as well as 15 table tops in the café designed by Jon Burgerman. These were inspired by Da Vinci's attempt to record and illustrate the world around him and Burgerman has brought this up to date by thinking about what Da Vinci’s might have drawn had he been alive today in a world of popular culture, comic books, t.v. and the internet. See photos from my visit 


Competition Results Coming Soon

The results of my textiles competition that closed just before the end of term will be announced in the next week or so. Keep an eye on your emails if your students entered the competition. It’s going to be a tough one to judge as there were lots of fabulous entries. A new competition will also be announced soon.


Looking For CPD For The New Term?

There are lots of courses coming up over the next term including ones on the new D&T GCSE  as well as separate ones on the role of textiles in the new GCSE (courses in Liverpool and London). The Textiles Teacher Roadshow on 8th October in Nottingham will also have content relevant to the new GCSE (also in London on 3rd December). Scroll down or click here to see the full course calendar for the term. More courses and dates will be added over the next few weeks including new dates for the technician course on servicing sewing machines

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


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Textiles Technicians: Basic Servicing & Maintenance of Sewing Machines will be announced soon for venues in London, York and Nottingham. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk to be informed when dates are released. 

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
8th Oct, Nottingham 
INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(3rd Dec, London also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE 
JUST £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming  - 4th & 5th November 2016, (2 day course), STEM Centre, York. State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. 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)  Click here to see photos from the course

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (including info on the new GCSE) (this course is delivered by Paul & Julie Boyd on behalf of Keynote Educational)
9th November, London

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool
 INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 day course), STEM Centre, York
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. Click here to see photos from the course

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London 
INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(8th Oct, Nottingham also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE 
JUST £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London INCLUDES NEW GCSE
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)

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. 


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

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

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



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