A Weekly Blog for D&T Teachers: Blog 2017

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Resources for the last few days of term & resources to support your planning over the summer

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It has been a challenging academic year for D&T teachers with the new KS4 and KS5 qualifications on the horizon, ever tightening budgets, and the continually changing education landscape. All of this has also kept us very busy over the last few months, so much so that there has not been a proper blog since May and this is now the final one before the end of term. We hope to return to a more regular blog at the beginning of the Autumn term. Don’t forget that at busy times like these you can still get regular updates, news and freebies via our social media links.


Some Resources For The Last Few Days Of Term

Some schools have already broken up but if you still have another week or so left take a look at these ideas to get you through to the end of term:

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  • Why not use our ‘Product in a Tin’ competition as an end of term activity? You never know you might just win a sewing machine for your department! Click here for full details, including resources to get you going.
  • The BBC's 'Invented in England' series focuses on inventions that originated in different areas of the country and these are available on iPlayer until 23rd July. They might be useful for activities towards the end of term especially if you are able to link a particular programme to your local area. 
  • Get students doing some design activities using this free sheet based on the idea that there are 40 ‘best’ answers, patterns or principles that man and nature use when designing and solving problems. To get the sheet you have to sign up to the website which is free and then the link to the cheat sheet is emailed to you along with an explanatory video. You can also buy a set of cards that have the 40 prompts from the cheat sheet, as well as images. The cards look good but are expensive and you can download the e-book instead for £5 and create your own by laminating the pages. 

  • Download 5 free #ThinkDo activity cards above to use in your classroom. See regular #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook
  • Set a holiday homework inspired by the list of unconventional tasks an Italian teacher gave his students to complete over the summer holiday. The tasks are a mixture of light hearted things along with more academic tasks. Why not develop this to have a more D&T focus by including visits, taking photos and collecting things. This idea could even give you an instant display when the new term starts. Find out more

  • See lots of other ideas in the Let’s Learn section of the website



Resources To Support Your Curriculum Planning Over The Summer

If you are planning to do any planning over the summer take a look at the website as there may be resources that might support you for example:

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  • If you are still haven’t made a decision on an exam board specification take a look at our summary of what each specification offers
  • If you aren’t sure where to start when planning for the new GCSEs take a look at our 5 top tips, which includes links to KS3 and GCSE mapping documents
  • If you are looking for teaching and learning activity ideas and support visit the Let’s Learn section of the website. This is in the early stages of development and is a long term project to develop resources that support all qualifications at KS4 and KS5, as well as KS3.
  • Take a look at Diana Choulerton’s presentation at the D&T Association’s Summer School (Ofsted’s National Lead for D&T) 
  • Plan a D&T related day out. Use this page for ideas for places to visit. 


Our Plans For The Summer

Over the summer we have lots of plans for developments to the website, including lots of new free resources. We are also developing a new and exciting course format for our own independent courses and details of these will be released soon. This includes a D&T Teacher Roadshow using a similar format to the very successful Textiles Teacher Roadshow that has run for the last 6 years. Don’t worry as the Textiles one will still continue with the first one of the new academic year taking place on 14th October in Nottingham (book your place for the Textiles Teacher Roadshow here). In addition we are working with some industrial partners to develop new links with industry which we hope will give teachers more access to the real world of design and manufacturing. 

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Are you looking for a course over the summer holiday? 

We have had a number of enquiries about whether we can run courses over summer holiday. We know it is difficult for many teachers to be released from school during term time and we're always happy to consider running a course over a holiday if there is sufficient interest. We would need at least 3 delegates for a course to be cost effective (dependent on where the venue is) so if you think you can get at least this number together we are happy to consider running a course of your choice (note this is for our independent courses only and not the courses we deliver at the National STEM Learning Centre). Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk

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If your school will release you for the day but the cost of the course itself is a problem take a look at the courses coming up at the National STEM Learning Centre in the Autumn term. These courses are bursary funded which means the fees are paid for if you work in a state school (and in some cases so is the accommodation). Courses include ones to support KS3, the new GCSE, smart & modern materials, e-textiles/electronics/programming, A level fashion & textiles and many more.

Take a look at the course calendar for the Autumn term (lots more will be added over the summer)



Last Few Weeks To Get Your Competition Entries In (deadline 1st August 2017)

There are just a few weeks to get your competition entries in. There’s still time to use the competition as a last minute homework or as an end of term activity.

Find out more about the 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

Are you looking for a course over the summer holiday? Do you know others who are interested? Courses can be run over the summer if there are at least 3 delegates (£295 per person - note this is for our independent courses only). Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE  28th & 29th Sept, Luton (2 days) 
Bursary available which pays course fee



Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 5th Oct, York Bursary available which pays the course fee. 

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The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 14th Oct, Nottingham BRAND NEW CONTENT FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

£42 & Includes freebies 


Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 31st Oct & 1st Nov (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 


Teaching Electronics, Including E-textiles, in D&T GCSE 3rd & 4th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Getting to Grips with Using the Crumble Controller in D&T 6th & 7th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 8th Nov, Nottingham Bursary available which pays the course fee

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Using Smart & Modern Materials to Create a Future Facing D&T Curriculum, 10th & 11th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Getting It Right in KS3, Laying Good Foundations for D&T GCSE, 16th & 17th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Micro:bit in Secondary D&T, 20th & 21st Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Developing Knowledge & Practical Skills for D&T GCSE 24th & 25th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.


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AS & A Level Fashion & Textiles: Developing a Succesful Course for Your Students, 7th Dec, London

This course is delivered on behalf of RTA training.


Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE  11th & 12th Jan 2018, Paignton, Deveon (2 days) 
Bursary available which pays course fee


Are you looking for a course over the summer holiday? Do you know others who are interested? Courses can be run over the summer if there are at least 3 delegates (£295 per person - note this is for our independent courses only). Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk

Keep an eye out for a new course format coming up for Autumn term for our own independent courses. 

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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Support for the New D&T Qualifications, useful links, exhibitions & visits

A New Term Ahead    

As we approach the final term of the academic year it’s going to be an important one with preparations for the delivery of the new D&T GCSE, the new A levels and the Technical Awards (made all the more difficult at the moment because the Tech Awards are still not accredited). 

We are trying to develop resources for the new qualifications to support teachers but it’s a slow process! Keep an eye on the ‘Let’s Learn’ section of the website as this is gradually being developed with lots of free resources. Also keep any eye on the ‘D&T curriculum’ section as more general documents that aren’t directly linked to teaching and learning are placed here. 

If you are looking for a course to support the curriculum changes but have a limited budget look out for the bursary funded ones we run on behalf of the National STEM Learning Centre as these are free to state funded schools (including a GCSE one on 15th & 16th May in London). The Textiles Teacher Roadshow is also one to look out for as this is just £42 for a full day’s training (Dorset 20th May). 



Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

30th April - Last day to download the free resource offer of 21 #ThinkDo activities

3rd May - Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines (Nottingham, bursary available)

15th & 16th May 2017 - Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE   (2 days, St. Marylebone School, London, bursary available)

20th May - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Dorset £42 & includes freebies!

19th May - Food Revolution Day

23rd - 25th May - Clerkenwell Design Week

5th June - D&T GCSE 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification  (Nottingham)

9th & 10th June - Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your D&T Classroom  (2 days, York, bursary available)

13th & 14th June - Preparing to Teach the New D&T AS & A Levels (2 days York, bursary available)

* Don’t forget to keep an eye out for degree shows coming up related to D&T 


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

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#ThinkDo Flyknit 3D knitted fabric used in Nike trainers. Where else might 3D knitting be used?
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

Here are resources posted on Facebook recently. Click on the links to find out more.

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Let’s Learn                            

Let’s Learn resources are video links and lesson ideas around key learning areas all grouped together. They are constantly being added to and everything is free.

See all of the Let’s Learn resources


 Support for the New D&T Qualifications

Free Resources from Edexcel

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Thanks to Jeremy D Norton on the Design and Technology Teachers Forum Facebook group who flagged up that Edexcel have free PDF downloads on their website of some of the draft sections from their textbook . The core content resources is particularly useful if you are doing some planning for the broader material content even if you don't intend to use Edexcel.
Find out more.

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Take a look at this summary of textbooks being published to support the new qualifications (including the Tech Awards). Note we wrote this a few weeks ago so some publishing dates may now be incorrect as I know some dates have been delayed. 


OCR Blog on Iterative Design

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OCR have written a blog on their website with a general overview of iterative design in the NEA assessment for the D&T GCSE. The blog is worth a quick look if you want reassurances about the iterative process in the NEA and is relevant even if you aren’t doing OCR. OCR suggests explaining the concept of a prototype being produced as the final assessed product in the format of Dragon's Den to help students understand that it should be a quality product, but not necessarily a completely final and perfect version ready for retail. 


DesignLab Nation Project by the V&A

If you are a school in the Blackburn and Coventry area keep an eye on this DesignLab Nation project by the V&A which aims to promote design by lending out artefacts and cultivating skills in local industries. The new GCSE even gets a mention in the article with the programme being designed to support the new qualification. 


Maths in D&T

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If you're wary of the maths element of the new D&T GCSE and A levels you're not alone. It turns out that potentially up to 60% of adults have negative feelings related to maths, often based on our previous experiences. This page from The Learning Scientists website has several interesting articles about maths anxiety in both students and adults, as well ways of overcoming it. 

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Something that is also reassuring is that the maths elements of the new D&T GCSE should already be being taught at KS3, and in parts of the maths GCSE, so students are studying this content already. It is therefore not up to us as D&T teachers to reinvent the wheel and teach it again, but to coordinate with the maths department on how we can support the embedding of the learning in maths and the development of transferable skills. 

OCR also has a very useful mapping document at the back of their specification that maps the maths requirements in D&T against those for the OCR maths GCSE. This might be a useful starting point for discussions with your maths department even if you aren’t doing the OCR specification.


Useful Links

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  • D&T competition for GCSE & A level students - worth a look if you have some good controlled assessment work that could be submitted 
  • Watches made of sustainable wood – an interesting product to think about and to compare with traditional materials used for watches. 
  • Let’s Make It Here - a database of designers and companies who are UK based and  an provide services related to fashion and textiles from pattern cutting, printing, to manufacturing across a range of products. It is an industry website but the database might help identify industries local to schools and the Fashion Toolkit might be of particular interest to students and teachers, especially at A level. Although created for designers and manufacturers, some of the sheets might be useful for reading homeworks. 
  • The nubrella, a hands free umbrella. Great for product analysis discussions about an idea that is good in theory but which might get people staring when you use it!



Exhibitions & Visits

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  • The Whitworth, University of Manchester work of Lucienne Day (A Sense of Growth until 11 June 2017)
  • House style at Chatsworth House (until 22 October 2017) featuring 5 centuries of fashion and adornment at Chatsworth.
  • New exhibitions coming up at the V&A over the summer include one on plywood (starting in mid July) and one on Balenciaga (starting in late May). 
  • New exhibitions coming up at the Design Museum include California (from late May), celebrating Californian influences on design and one Cartier the watchmaker (also from late May) 



Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

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

Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students. Why not use the competition as a revision activity, a homework or even as a module of work?

Are you an international school? International entries are now accepted but note these can’t win any of the prizes or be listed as a winner. Any outstanding international entries will however be included on the website. 

See the 2016 winners


Course Updates 

Got no budget for courses? Look out for the courses with bursaries which are FREE if you are a state school or academy.

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

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 3rd May, Nottingham Bursary available which pays the course fee. 


 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. 


Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE  15th & 16th May 2017 (2 days), St. Marylebone School, London Bursary available which pays course fee.


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

£42 & Includes freebies 


D&T GCSE 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification  5th June 2017, Nottingham New D&T GCSE content


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.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T AS & A Levels
13th & 14th June (2 day residential)
National STEM Learning Centre, York 
(Bursary available for state funded schools which pays for the course fee & accomodation) Relevant to the current A levels as well as the new A levels from 2017

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.


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.


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.


Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 5th Oct, York Bursary available which pays the course fee. 


Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 8th Nov, Nottingham Bursary available which pays the course fee. 

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

Textbooks & other support for the new qualifications, engineering careers resources, costume making & lots more

This week’s 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 Fabric tree in John Lewis in High Wycombe. How does this 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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Let’s Learn                                                                       See all resources              

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

See all of the Let’s Learn resources


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

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Curriculum Updates

Textbooks for the New GCSE & A Level D&T Qualifications

Understanding the textbooks and supporting resources available to support the D&T GCSE, Technical Awards and A levels is nearly as complicated as understanding the specs themselves! We've put a summary together of all the information we can find so far. At the moment I can’t find any information on anything from Eduqas, nor Edexcel’s Product Design A level, but the documents will be updated when this information is available.

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All publishers except for Hodder Education seem to have gone for one multi-material book at GSCE; Hodder also have one multi material book but will also be publishing one for  each individual material area. There is limited information available at the moment about any of the books so we won’t know until each is published what best represents the learning in the specifications. 

Publication dates vary with dates for GCSE books being in April, May and June but some are as late as September, especially the A level books. As well as textbooks there are also e-textbooks available, white board textbooks and additional online resources (which include lesson plans & resources). Consider these carefully however as some have time deadlines on the licences so there will be additional costs in the future. 

Everything is fairly expensive (apart from the Collins resources which are quite a bit cheaper) and it certainly isn't going to be cheap to stock up a whole department!

See summaries of textbooks at the following links (scroll the pages to find the link)

Summary of textbooks for GCSE

Summary of textbooks for the Technical Awards

Summary of textbooks for A level

Don't forget there are also free resources on my website to support all specifications. These will be developed and continually added to.


New Facebook groups

There are a number of useful closed Facebook groups that support D&T (see a summary of some of them here) and with the new qualifications a few new ones have been created that some people might find useful. If you know of new groups others might find useful let me know. Don’t forget my own Facebook page has lots of posts and resources relevant to a variety of D&T qualifications. 

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Are you looking for training for the new GCSE and A levels?

This week we have been busy sorting out some of the details of new courses coming up linked to the new D&T GCSEs and A levels. There are new dates for the bursary funded courses on the GCSE and A level, including dates in central London and York. If you are a state school or academy the bursary means that the course is FREE, and if you are attending a course in York the bursary also covers the cost of overnight accommodation  The first of these dates is 19th and 20th April in London for the course on the new A levels, which is quite soon so if you are interested in this one book your place soon (content covers Product Design and Fashion & Textiles) and some content will be relevant to the current A levels). 

We have also had confirmation of the factory visit which will be part of the technical textiles course we are running at De Montfort University on behalf of the D&T Association on 10th & 11th April. We will be visiting M.Wright & Sons who are a family owned company whose origins in the textiles industry go back as far as 1860. Originally starting out in the footwear and corsetry trade, they are now a global supplier of various technical textiles and composites used by the military, in industry, in sport, in the aerospace industry and in a range of other uses. Find out more about this course.

If you are a textiles specialist our course on textiles in the new D&T GCSE in June in Nottingham might be of interest, or alternatively take a look at The Textiles Teacher Roadshow taking place in Dorset on 20th May (great value at £42 for the day). The two courses offer very different types of days but both showcase how textiles can embrace the new D&T GCSE and still remain an exciting, creative and unique subject. Watch the video below to find out more about the Roadshow.


Useful Links

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Free engineering careers resources

Lots of useful free careers posters and postcards from Tomorrow’s Engineers aimed at 11 to 14 year-olds who are interested in engineering. 

Unpleasant Design website

Unpleasant Design is a website focusing on how urban design interferes with and controls people’s behaviour e.g. surfaces that prevent posters being stuck up, benches designed to stop public sleeping, lighting that discourages loitering. Great as a starting point for a homework photographing urban design and thinking about how and why things have been designed the way they are. The website follows the same ‘unpleasant design’ principles so it does give you a bit of a headache to use it! 

Materials science in costume making

Materials science & costume making all rolled into one in this video that looks at the suit worn by Scarlett Johansson in the film Ghost in the Shell. There are some interesting points made about the use of silicone for the costume, the use of 3D body scanning to produce a 3D outfit with only one seam and no fastenings, and the use of magnets to hold parts of the costume together. Great to show during British Science Week as well as a way of showing D&T in the news. 


Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

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

Why not use the competition as a module of work, a homework, as an extension task for early finishes or gifted and talented students, a revision task or for an after school club. Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students.


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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 27th March, Nottingham Bursary available which pays the course fee. 


The Textiles Industry: A Focus on High Performance Textiles & Footwear 2017 10th & 11th April (2 day residential), De Montfort University, Leicester
(This is a course we are leading on behalf of the D&T Association)

Preparing to Teach the New D&T AS & A Levels
19th & 20th April (2 day residential) NEW DATE & LONDON VENUE St. Marylebone School, London (Bursary available for state funded schools which pays for the course fee) Relevant to the current A levels as well as the new A levels from 2017

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. 


Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE  15th & 16th May 2017 (2 days), St. Marylebone School, London Bursary available which pays course fee. NEW DATE & LONDON VENUE



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

£42 & Includes freebies 

D&T GCSE 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification  
5th June 2017, Nottingham New D&T GCSE content


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.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T AS & A Levels 13th & 14th June (2 day residential) National STEM Learning Centre, York (Bursary available for state funded schools which pays for the course fee & accommodation) Also relevant to the current A levels NEW DATE

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.


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.

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.



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

A level updates, British Science Week, 3D printing exhibition, department display ideas & 10 free #ThinkDo cards

Curriculum Updates

A Level Qualification Updates

All the D&T GCSE specs have been accredited for a few weeks now and we are nearly there on the A levels.  AQA have now published the accredited versions of their Product Design and Fashion and Textile AS and A level specs on their website. OCR and Edexcel AS and A levels are all accredited (Edexcel only offer Product Design). Eduqas are still waiting for their A levels to be accredited but the AS is now ratified and on their website. We haven’t yet had chance to review the accredited A level specs and compare them to the draft versions - another job to add to the to do list! 

There’s no news yet on the AQA Tech Awards, which goes through a different accreditation process, but AQA say news is expected soon (but they also said that before Christmas!). 


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British Science Week 10th - 19th March

Raising the Profile of Science in D&T

With British Science Week coming up between 10th - 19th March the focus of this week’s newsletter is science in D&T. With the increased focus on science in the new  GCSE, British Science Week is a good time to raise the profile of the science we use in our D&T lessons. We do science all the time, often without realising it, particularly as one of the core concepts in science is materials and their properties which is part of the fundamental nature of D&T.

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Visit the British Science Week website for more resources and ideas as well as a poster competition.


Science: Not Just for Scientists - 100 Ideas

The British Science Association have a campaign called ‘Science: Not just for scientists – 100 ideas’ which aims to generate 100 ideas to raise the profile of science in our everyday lives rather than it just being something that happens in a lab. This video of poet James Massiah talking about science in everyday life has been created as part of the campaign. Both the concept of science in real life, as well as the wording of the poem is very relevant to the aims of new D&T GCSE (the poem includes references to innovation, products, technology development and fashion, as well as being filmed in many environments linked to D&T). The poem could be an unusual starting point for getting students to think about science and STEM in D&T (and it might be useful to get your science department and SLT thinking about what science is in a wider context too). 


3D Printing Exhibition at the National Craft & Design Centre

Over half term we visited the excellent 3D printing exhibition at the National Centre for Design & Craft in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. It’s a fairly small exhibition but well worth a visit if you are in the area (it finishes on 23rd April 2017). It covers a variety of 3D printed materials, including metal, plastic, terracotta and even food, as well as a range of end products including lighting, fashion items, jewellery, parts for turbines, body parts, as well as 3D printing as a way of repairing or repurposing something. The exhibition is a great example of the crossover between D&T and science and, with everything brought together in one space, the exhibition really shows the potential this technology has to change design and manufacturing in the future. The centre also has a programme of workshops for education linked to the exhibition. Entry into the exhibition is free but the workshops are paid for.  See more photos from the exhibition 

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What is particularly great about the exhibition is how you are allowed to handle many of the samples which gives you a real sense of the materials and products. As a textiles specialist I found it particularly interesting to see the garments on display, particularly the Kinematics dress by n-e-r-v-o-u-s System. As you can see from the video the material used in the dress is quite clunky (and noisy when it moves) but it has a surprising level of drape and flow and is very fabric like. It’s exciting to think the D&T students of today, no matter what their material area, will potentially be the innovators of the future with this technology. 

The shop at the National Centre for Craft and Design is also interesting, partly because of the work on sale, but also because of the display ideas used, many of which would be good inspiration for department displays, including flexible peg board display units and hanging products using ribbons. 

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See more photos of the display ideas used in the shop 


Competition  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

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

Why not use the competition as a module of work, a homework, as an extension task for early finishes or gifted and talented students, a revision task or for an after school club. Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students.

Watch this video about the winner of last year’s competition.


Course Updates 

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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. 


The Textiles Industry: A Focus on High Performance Textiles & Footwear 2017 10th & 11th April (2 day residential), De Montfort University, Leicester
(This is a course we are leading on behalf of the D&T Association)

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

 Watch a short video about this event


D&T GCSE 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification  5th June 2017, Nottingham

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.

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.


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.

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.


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G-Star Raw crossover projects, Fashion Revolution, revision & 3D printing exhibition

Paul & Julie BoydWe try to write a blog each week, with it usually being published on a Thursday or Friday, but this is becoming increasingly more difficult, especially as the challenges of the new GCSE and A levels are keeping us very busy. We aim to continue to publish the blog each week but this may not always be possible, so you might find there are weeks that are missed or that the days it is published tend to change. Don’t forget you can sign up to receive the blog via email as this means you won’t miss it no matter when it is published. Don’t forget you can also keep up to date with things via the Facebook page as well as my other social media links. 


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

10th & 11th February - Preparing to Teach the New Design & Technology AS & A Levels (2 day course in York, includes a bursary that pays the course & accommodation fee)

10th & 11th March - Preparing to Teach the New Design & Technology GCSE (2 day course which includes a bursary that pays the course & accommodation fee)

27th March -  Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines in Nottingham (includes bursary which pays the course fee)

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New Curriculum

Resources to Support KS4 & 5

In the last blog I mentioned textbooks that AQA & Edexcel are starting to promote for the 2017 qualifications, as well as some useful GCSE and A level course planner documents from Edexcel. This week Eduqas has released a video of their online webinar training for the GCSE with the principal examiner introducing the specification. 

Don’t forget there are resources to help you choose your specification on my website:

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An Exciting New Course at De Montfort University

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We are excited to be starting to work with Dr Mark Bradshaw from De Montfort University in Leicester on a 2 day course we running on behalf of the D&T Association at the uni over the Easter holiday. The focus will be on high performance textiles and footwear with lots of opportunities to see how the industry is changing along with lots of hands on activities. We also hope to be able to arrange an industry visit as part of the 2 days. The course will be particularly suitable for textiles teachers but will also suit other material area specialists wanting to find out more about some of the textiles content of the new D&T GCSE. Find out more.


Useful Links

G-Star Raw

G-Star Raw's design philosophy is interesting, particularly with the changes in the D&T GCSE. Best known for their luxury denim fashion garments, they also have a series of ‘crossover’ products, from furniture to a camera, a bike, and a Land Rover Defender. 

Head of 3D Design, Pieter Kool, says that ‘the principle of cross-pollination, especially between people from different crafts and backgrounds, is what we're looking for. A product engineer and a knitwear designer discussing a project will, for sure, come up with ideas that push the boundaries of what we've been doing, because of this multidisciplinary approach.’

G-Star Raw describe their crossover projects as allowing their design teams to be playful with the design values, materials and aesthetics of the denim industry within the context of other objects. In particular they feel this encourages their designers to look outside the world of fashion and take inspiration from other worlds, which ultimately feeds back into design and innovation within the garments they produce. The companies they produce crossover products with are chosen for their shared values including functionality, innovation, craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail. 

Crossover projects include:

Prouvé Raw: Office – furniture collection inspired by Jean Prouvé 
Raw Flask – customised packaging for Hennessy cognac
Raw Cannondale – a collaboration with the American bike manufacturer 
Raw Leica – camera remodelled to integrate key G-Star Raw features
Raw Defender – a Land Rover Defender kitted out to G-Star Raw’s specification including a specially formulated colour and serial number coding linked to the companies production code for denim.  
Raw Ferry – refurbishment of a canal boat to create a functional, luxurious cruiser
See the crossover products 

Interview with Pieter Kool 


Other Quick Links

New exhibition on 3D printing at The National Centre for Craft & Design called 3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful (until 23rd April 2017) 

A different take on users and user needs - cardboard cat toys with a difference

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A free online magazine by Fashion Revolution that is great for using with different year groups to get them thinking about SMSC issues. It has activities and articles that get students thinking about where their clothes come from and who made them. It would make a great homework or extension activity (and might also be useful for tutor group time). 


Revision

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The Learning Scientists

We’ve been running some exam technique and revision courses recently and this new website by the Learning Scientists has some great resources.  Their focus is on research based strategies that support revision and the website includes some downloadable resources on 6 key strategies, including videos, stickers, and bookmarks promoting the strategies. The resources are particularly good for use at tutor time to help students think about organising revision. 



Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

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

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

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See the 2016 winners


A small selection of entries from previous years are often displayed at courses we run. 


Course Updates 

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

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. 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)

The Textiles Industry: A Focus on High Performance Textiles & Footwear 2017 10th & 11th April (2 day residential), De Montfort University, Leicester
(This is a course we are leading on behalf of the D&T Association) 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. 


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


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

£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.


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.


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.

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.

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? 
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AQA Accredited Spec & Resources to Support the New D&T GCSE and A Levels

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It can be hard trying to keep up with all the curriculum changes with specifications being updated all the time and new information being added onto exam board websites. AQA’s new accredited spec has kept us busy this week and we’ve been updating some of the information on the website because of this and more information on this is mentioned below. We also discovered some information on textbooks and other supporting resources and again this is mentioned below. Please let us know if you are aware of any other resources that exam boards are producing to support the new specs as finding information on some of their websites isn’t always easy!

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Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

23rd January - Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles at the University of East London (too late to book this one but this runs again in Liverpool on 30th January)

24th January - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification  at University of East London (too late to book this one but this runs again in Somerset on 22nd February)

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

2nd February - D&T Futures 2017- Dick Powell online lecture (free to D&TA members)

3rd February -  Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines in London (includes bursary which pays the course fee)

10th & 11th February - Preparing to Teach the New Design & Technology AS & A Levels (2 day course which includes a bursary that pays the course & accommodation fee)

22nd February - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in Somerset


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Curriculum Updates

AQA Accredited Specification: Our Thoughts and Comments

We’ve delivered lots of training for the new D&T GCSE recently so many of you will have seen our one page summary of each exam board’s approach to the exam and NEA.  Some sections of the newly accredited AQA spec are different to the draft so we have updated our summary documents comparing the exam boards and you can see them here.  

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Below are some of our thoughts on the changes in the AQA spec compared to the draft document. Note these comments are our opinion and we don’t represent an organisation. It is recommended you read the spec to make your own judgements but this list might give you a starting point.

  • Each exam board spec has it’s advantages and disadvantages and none is perfect. Overall, we feel the changes in the AQA spec bring it more in line with a more forward thinking approach for D&T.
  • The learning content of the spec hasn’t changed too much. The wording has been tweaked, including some extra examples in some sections, but there aren’t a huge number of additions. Most are relatively minor, although a couple are more significant so it’s important to read the accredited version. 
  • The format of a lot of pages has changed, particularly tables changing to boxes. This helps give a slightly easier to read format.
  • The marking of the NEA has changed quite significantly. There are now 6 marking sections instead of 4. The first set of 20 marks are now equally split into 2 sections, one for identifying and investigating design possibilities and the other for writing a design brief and specification.  The designing section was originally worth 30 marks and so was the making section and these have now been joined together and then subdivided into 3 marking categories, one for generating ideas, one for developing ideas and one for realising design ideas (all 20 marks each). The evaluation remains the same.
  • We originally said we felt the learning content in the draft spec could be described as ‘short and fat’ in that less broader content was tested in the exam, with more detailed testing in the specialist material area. This had both advantages and disadvantages and we felt Edexcel had a similar approach. The changes to the exam mean we now feel the exam content reflected in the sample paper is more in line with OCR with a ‘long and thin’ approach, i.e. students have to have a broader knowledge but the depth of testing is lower. Again there are advantages and disadvantages of this.  Traditionalists who like to see a lot of specific questions on particular material areas may not like this approach (and may prefer Edexcel or Eduqas). This approach does, however, give the exam a greater ‘D&T’ feel. It is worth bearing in mind that ,although the exam has a ‘long and thin’ feel to it, the learning content listed in the spec is greater than for OCR, particularly bearing in mind that what is listed in the spec is what can be tested in a very specific way.
  • Section A and B in the exam are very similar to the draft but section C has changed quite a bit. Many of the questions are similar but the approach is different in that there is only one product focus rather than a choice. The questions are general design based questions rather than being material specific. Traditionalists may not like this because it isn’t material specific but the broader focus on design generally has its advantages for some students.
  • The image of the dress has been removed from the exam so the textiles element feels more gender balanced and less stereotyped as targeted at girls.
  • There is no longer a redesign question that requires students to use notes and sketches. Instead students have to describe modifications to a product in words making it more of an analytical question.
  • We spotted 2 typos in the accredited spec - Marcel Breuer is mentioned twice in the list of designers (p30) and in the textiles materials category the term ‘knitted yarns’ was used although we have noticed today that this has now been changed to ‘knitted fabrics’ (p18). Originally there were 4 companies listed under 3.3.3 The Work of Others, but again we have noticed today that an additional 4 have been added.  These minor changes don’t appear to have been flagged up, nor do they appear to be identified as different versions so it is therefore important to keep updating any specs you download as these slight changes may make a significant difference to what is taught.
  • As a textiles specialist I don't like all of the examples that are given (for example batik is listed as a process on p26 and for me there are better and more up to date examples).
  • Are you a textiles specialist and worried about the place of textiles in the new D&T GCSE? Textiles remains strong, and plays an equal role to other material areas, as well as retaining its unique character. Find out more.
  • Looking for a course to support your planning for the new D&T GCSE? Take a look at the courses we are running. We are also running some of the D&T Association courses (but check with us first which ones we are involved in).
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See the accredited specification & sample exam paper on AQA’s website.

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Summary documents comparing the GCSE specs against each other



Resources to Support the New Qualifications

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All exam boards say there will be approved textbooks for the new D&T GCSE and A level qualifications. AQA have a page on their website about approved D&T GCSE books although some dates are different to the same books listed on Amazon (dates are generally listed as around May/June).  

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AQA also have an endorsed textbooks listed on the Hodder Education page for the Product Design and Fashion and Textiles A levels as well as books for the Technical Awards. Unfortunately the all books for AQA are quite expensive. 

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Edexcel are offering £630 worth of GCSE textbooks for free to centres who commit to taking their qualification (but be careful of committing to this unless you are sure this is the right exam board for your students as you will have to pay for the books if you change your mind).

Edexcel also have some useful free course planner documents on their GCSE and A level pages. The GCSE one maps the content of the new GCSE against the current GCSE which is a useful starting point when curriculum planning. The A level one has potential delivery models, including suggestions on co-teaching. 

I’m not sure if I have missed it as it’s hard staying up to date with everything when so much new information is coming out all the time, but I can't see any information at the moment from OCR or Eduqas about books or other resources to support the GCSE and A levels.


Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

'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 24th January, University of East London 

(Link includes details of other dates & venues) 


Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 30th January, Liverpool
Last few days to book
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 3rd Feb, London
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)

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 

(Link includes details of other dates & venues)

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. 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)


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? 
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Resources to support planning for the new D&T GCSE

This is the first blog of 2017 so Happy New Year to everyone and I hope the new term has got off to a good start. 

Over the holiday we have been updating some of the resources on the website to support the new D&T GCSE and lots of the blog this week gives links to key sections on the website. At the time of writing AQA have just had their GCSE specification accredited although it isn’t currently still hasn’t been published  That means there is just the Eduqas one that is awaiting accreditation at GCSE. 

Loads of teachers have asked for the sewing machine maintenance course we lead on behalf of the STEM Centre to be run in London. We have been trying to set this up for some time now and finally have one in central London on 3rd February. We don't know if we will be able to repeat this event in London again so book now to avoid disappointment!


Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

14th January - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in Nottingham - Too late to book this one but it runs again at the University of East London on 23rd Jan & 22nd Feb in Somerset

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 

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

3rd February -  Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines in London (includes bursary which pays the course fee)


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Resources to Support the New D&T GCSE

The website has been updated to include some new resources to support the planning of the D&T GCSE (note that this doesn’t include the most up to date AQA GCSE spec as that has only just been accredited and at the time of writing hasn’t yet been published).  Here are our 5 top tips to support your planning ready for September, along with some links to useful resources:

1  Map your KS3 against the 2014 KS3 National Curriculum.

The 2014 KS3 National Curriculum was designed to feed into the D&T GCSE so much of what feels like ‘new’ content at GCSE is actually taught at KS3 if departments are using the 2014 curriculum. Following the 2014 KS3 curriculum will enable departments to spread the workload and take longer to embed key concepts. This will also allow more time for a specialist material focus when teaching the GCSE which will be less of a culture change for staff and students. It is important to remember with this model to build in key revision activities from KS3 into the GCSE programme to help transfer knowledge and embed concepts.   

Click here to find out more about how to map your KS3 curriculum (including a mapping document)


2  Map the KS3 curriculum against keywords and headlines in the DfE D&T GCSE Subject Content (November 2015).

The Subject Content document was created by the DfE and is what the exam boards have to use to create their specifications. It is a less detailed version of the exam board specifications which makes it easier to use. There are direct links between the KS3 curriculum and the GCSE Subject Content and it is useful to identify common themes at KS3 and 4 that can be considered together when planning creating a more joined up five year curriculum. If you have A level students you might also find it useful to include KS5 in with this mapping activity. You might also find it useful to use these documents to help you map the GCSE content against what you currently teach as this will help you identify good practice you can continue with as well as any gaps. 

Click here for the keywords and headlines from the DfE Subject Content document


3  Use this mapped content to develop your KS3 and GCSE curriculum so they support each other.

Plan the learning you will cover in each year group at KS3 to feed into and support the GCSE. Try to focus on what the learning will be and plan project and outcomes around this rather than thinking about the projects first and then shoe horning the learning in afterwards. At this stage you might also be able to allocate sections of learning to individual teachers or material areas at KS3 and these teachers will then take responsibility for planning this content. These teachers might also take responsibility for planning the revision activities that are used at KS4 to revise and embed this content further. Much of your KS4 content will be similar to what it currently is and it will depend on what you have covered at KS3, along with how radical an approach you want to take as a department, to how much additional planning you will have left to do for the GCSE. At this stage you might also decide as a department how radical an approach to the changes you want to take and what curriculum model you might use.

Click here for ideas on curriculum models 



4  Use the exam specification you have chosen to give you the additional detailed information you need.

Be open minded about all exam board specifications and don’t just choose the board you’ve always used. Once you’ve made your choice plan your curriculum using the specification to give you the level of detail that needs teaching. Don’t forget that depending on which exam board you choose some of the GCSE content could be taught at KS3.  Include in your planning activities that embed KS3 learning into KS4 through short lesson activities and homework. You might also be able to use your planning to help you write option evening information showing how KS3 and 4 support each other as well as showing how important material specialisms continue to be.

Click here for comparisons of the exam board specifications



5  Promote the changes in D&T

The changes will present challenges but see the changes as an opportunity to rebrand your subject and department. Promote the STEM elements as these are now acknowledged as an important part of D&T. In particular coordinate with your maths department as the maths content is already taught by them and you will be able to support each other as well as raising the profile of D&T. At open evenings and in school displays just showcase high quality end products but also start to showcase the broader content of D&T and particularly the STEM links as this will help others value the subject more. 

Click here for ideas on open evenings, option talks and departmental displays including free leaflets from the D&T Association 


Are you a textiles specialist and worried about the place of textiles in the new D&T GCSE? 
Textiles remains strong, and plays an equal role to other material areas, as well as retaining its unique character. Find out more.

Looking for a course to support your planning for the new D&T GCSE? Take a look at the courses we are running. We are also running some of the D&T Association courses (but check with us first which ones we are involved in).


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

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, University of East London
JUST OVER 1 WEEK LEFT TO BOOK
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)


An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing
, 23rd January, University of East London 
JUST OVER 1 WEEK LEFT TO BOOK
Suitable for all D&T teachers

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 24th January, University of East London 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)
JUST OVER 1 WEEK LEFT TO BOOK


Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 30th January, Liverpool
2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK

(Link includes details of other dates & venues)

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 3rd Feb, London
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)

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 24th January, University of East London 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)


GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 22nd Feb 2017, Somerset 
(Link includes details of other dates & venues)


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. 

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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Free resources to support planning next term, GCSE spec updates, & Ofsted advice on marking

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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?

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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


#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

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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

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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.

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

Choosing ADHESIVES

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  • 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. 


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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.


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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. 

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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) 

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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


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