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We write a D&T blog most weeks during term time, as well as a newsletter around once or twice a half term. Sign up for the newsletter. Our Facebook page also includes regular news, updates and freebies. 

15th September 2019

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Product in a Tin Competition Winner Announced 

The winners of our Product in a Tin competition have been announced! Congratulations to Arjun, a year 10 student from Whitefriars School in Harrow whose travel maths game was the overall winner. 

1st Prize 2019 Product in a Tin competition

The product is made from a combination of laser cut wood and polymer and is designed to teach young children about addition and subtraction. What particularly stood out about Arjun’s entry was the thinking behind the design and the ‘story’ he told about his entry, both through his detailed application form and the sheet of instructions he produced on how to use the game. This showed Arjun had a clear focus on the user and their needs, along with how the product functioned to address these requirements. To play the game marker on the wheel is spun to select the type of calculation to be done, and then the dice is rolled twice to choose the numbers that will be added or subtracted (with the highest number always going on the first pillar). The child does the calculation and puts the correct number of discs on the final pillar. Everything comes apart to fit neatly into the container size as specified in the original brief.

2nd & 3rd place 2019

Second prize went to Dylan, a year 9 student from Tibshelf Community School in Derbyshire who designed and made a 3 in 1 cape, bag and canopy using textiles with polymer components (some of which he bought and some which he laser cut himself). Third prize was awarded to Lauren, a year 9 student from Sir Henry Ford Grammar School in Aylesbury, who combined wood, polymer and textiles , effectively using the properties of each material to create create a learning toy.

As usual it was a delight to judge the work of so many students and we’d like to thank all students and teachers for their hard work. In particular, it was very pleasing to see a wide range of materials being used and combined together. We were also pleased to see a big increase in the number of boys entering the competition. 

#InspiredBy 2 Product in a Tin winners 2019 copy

You can see more information on the main prize winners, as well as winners of some of the smaller prizes here

The Product in a Tin competition for this year (ending 1st August 2020) has also been launched (although we are waiting to get confirmation of the prizes) so why not use it as a focus of a module of work, homework, NEA mock assessment or after school club. Get more information along with resources to get you started. 

New Date For Our Sewing Machine Maintenance Course

servicingOur popular sewing machine maintenance course has been on hold for a while as cutbacks at the STEM Centre have meant they will no longer be running this course course.  We have been working with Neil Coles, the engineer we deliver the course with to get this course up and running as one of our own. This has taken a little longer than we expected to get organised but we’re pleased to say that November 18th in Nottingham will be the next date and venue. 

Note that as this is no longer a STEM Centre course there is no bursary and the full fee is payable but the potential savings a department can make means this is a sound long term investment. If there's sufficient demand we'll run courses in other areas, so let us know if you know a group of technicians/teachers in your area who might be interested. 

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  • The V&A Innovate challenge is worth a look if you're looking for ideas & resources for KS3 
  • Moodboards shouldn’t just be a cut and stick exercise from the Argos and Ikea catalogue! Often when creating moodboards students collect ideas directly linked to what they are designing but this can really restrict their thinking. This article on creating moodboards by focusing on unrelated ideas is great for helping students think more creatively. The video mentioned in the article is also a great resource. 
  • The ultimate in wearables - electronics that can be sewn to your skin and organs to track your health e.g. tracking the healing progress of a wound. The technology uses a transistor made of linen thread dipped into a vat of gel coating it with thin layers of carbon nanotubes to make it conductive and able to connect a range of sensors.
  • If you are an NQT or trainee, or someone who mentors new teachers, this report on behaviour management from the Education Endowment Foundation is a useful summary of things to think about for the new term (and it's also a useful reminder for those of us who've been in teaching a lot longer). Although the report itself is targeted at leaders in schools there are lots of things that relevant to individual teachers. 

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5th September 2019

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At the end of last term we released PowerPoints with all the #ThinkDo and TechDoodle resources from the summer term. Although these were previously released as individual jpegs, the PowerPoints collect together all of the resources in one place which might be particularly useful if you missed any, or to use as a ready made resource to give to students. The individual jpegs will still be available to download from our D&T Blog page on the website but the PowerPoint downloads offer ends on 9th September 2019.

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Updates and changes to the website

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Our website had a big overhaul over the summer so apologies if things are no longer where they used to be! Most things are still there but we've tried to simplify things so there's a new menu system which means a lot of things have been moved around. It's been a huge job and it can be hard to spot errors and problems so let us know if you find any broken links or other issues. If there's a resource that's moved and you can't find its new home contact us and we’ll try and find it for you. 

Product in a Tin competition winners announced soon

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The winners of our Product in a Tin competition will be announced soon. Winners have already been informed but we're just in the process of getting the updates on the website and then the winners will formally be announced. We had a great time judging the entries over the summer and it was fantastic to see a wide variety of entries across a range of materials, along with a big increase in the number of boys entering. The competition will continue again this year with a deadline date of 1st August 2020. The information about the new competition hasn't been updated yet but there won't be any big changes so the information and resources for last year's competition can be used by anyone wanting to use it as a module of work, homework, mock NEA context or after school club. Just note that this year's prizes have yet to be confirmed. 

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  • Some useful resources have been released by the D&T Association that might be suitable for introducing D&T to new groups or for open evenings etc. There are a number of videos including one on 'Design and Technology makes the world better’ as well as a leaflet called 'What will you be doing in D&T?'

  • The Compound Interest website has some really great posters you can print out and use for display - they are designed for chemistry but many are also useful for D&T including: BiopolymersGrapheneKevlarBanknotesFootball shirtRecycling smart phone metals 
  • Interesting summary about Graphene and some of its applications across all material areas.  
  • A practical application of e-textiles for diabetics - the Siren Sock & Foot Monitoring System which enables early identification of problems helping to reduce ulcers by up to 72%, which prevents infection, gangrene and amputation. The socks use tiny thermistor sensors less than a millimetre long which can’t be seen or felt and which are embedded into the yarns. Thermistors are input sensors specifically named in the Edexcel and Eduqas D&T specs (AQA also list temperature sensors as an input sensor and this would usually be a thermistor). This is a great example of this learning within a textiles context. 
  • When we think of astronauts clothing we mainly think of the suits worn on space walks but this Professor of Industrial Design and her students are designing prototypes to help NASA redesign the day to day clothing astronauts wear on the International Space Station. Here she talks about the challenges of meeting the needs of such an unusual group of users.

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18th July 2019

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End of term FREEBIES - Download before 9th September 2019 
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This is the final D&T blog of this academic year and the next one will be at the beginning of September when the new term starts. To celebrate the end of term we are giving away PowerPoints that collect together all of the TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources from the summer term. Although these resources have been previously shared as individual jpegs, the PowerPoints collect the resources all together in one place which might be particularly useful if you have missed any of them over the past few weeks. Last week we gave away the PowerPoint with 16 #ThinkDo cards and this week’s blog includes the link to download 15 TechDoodles. There’s no rush to download the resources as they will both be available to download until 9th Sept 2019. 

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Resources to support your planning for the Autumn term

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Product in a Tin competition - 1st August 2019 entry deadline

The closing date for the Product in a Tin competition is 1st August 2019 so there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in. Don't forget photo entries are also accepted (although these can't win a prize). Open to years 5 through to 11 across all material areas. We are aiming to run the competition again next year so if you didn’t enter this year why not use it as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school activity in the new academic year? Find out more about the competition.

Looking for a course for the new academic year?

We are still planning the dates and venues for our courses for the Autumn term but these are the ones that are already on the calendar. Click on the image to see the full course calendar which takes you to more information on each of the courses listed. 

 
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14th July 2019

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End of term FREEBIE - Download before 9th September 2019 
THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED

There are no new #ThinkDo and TechDoodle resource cards for the rest of this term and instead we will be giving away PowerPoints that collect together all of the resources from the summer term. Although these resources have been shared previously as individual jpegs, here they are collected together all in one place which might be particularly useful if you have missed any of them over the past few weeks. This week we are giving away the PowerPoint with 16 #ThinkDo cards and next week we will give away one with all the TechDoodles collected together. There’s no rush to download the resources as they will both be available to download until 9th September 2019. THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED

Product in a Tin competition - 3 WEEKS TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN!

The countdown to our Product in a Tin competition deadline is on - there's just 3 weeks left to get your entries in (1st August). Don't forget photo entries can be submitted for the first time this year if students don't want to part with their work (although these can't win a prize). Open to years 5 through to 11 across all material areas. Can be used as a module of work, homework, club activity etc. and there are resources to get you started here. The prizes are fab but you've got to be in it to win it!

Resources to support your planning

Our Let’s Learn resources are being added to all the time. Find out more.


Looking for a course for the new academic year?

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7th July 2019

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Delegates attending our D&T Roadshows receive 50 #ThinkDo cards along with other freebies. Find out more about the final D&T Roadshow of the year in Bournemouth on Saturday 13th July. 

Product in a Tin competition - 4 weeks to get your entries in!

The countdown to our Product in a Tin competition deadline is on - there's just 4 weeks left to get your entries in (1st August). Don't forget photo entries can be submitted for the first time this year if students don't want to part with their work (although these can't win a prize). Open to years 5 through to 11 across all material areas. Can be used as a module of work, homework, club activity etc. and there are resources to get you started here. The prizes are fab but you've got to be in it to win it!

Resources to support your planning

Our Let’s Learn resources are being added to all the time. Find out more.


Our final CPD course for this academic year is coming up!

Our final D&T Roadshow is coming up on Sat 13th July in Bournemouth. It’s your last chance to do the activities and get the resources for this year’s Roadshow as it’s all new content for the new academic year. At £80 for a full day’s CPD, with loads of hands on activities and resources to take away, it’s a great value day. Get more information and book your tickets. 

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30th June 2019

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These resources particularly compliment resources delegates receive on our “Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ course. The next one takes place in central London on 2nd July. 


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Delegates attending our D&T Roadshows receive 50 #ThinkDo cards along with other freebies. Find out more about the final D&T Roadshow of the year in Bournemouth on Saturday 13th July. 

Product in a Tin competition - 5 weeks to get your entries in!

The countdown to our Product in a Tin competition deadline is on - there's just 5 weeks left to get your entries in (1st August). Don't forget photo entries can be submitted for the first time this year if students don't want to part with their work (although these can't win a prize). Open to years 5 through to 11 across all material areas. Can be used as a module of work, homework, club activity etc. and there are resources to get you started here. The prizes are fab but you've got to be in it to win it!

Resources to support your planning

Our Let’s Learn resources are being added to all the time. Find out more.


Looking for a course for the summer term?

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23rd June 2019

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These resources particularly compliment resources delegates receive on our “Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ course. The next one takes place in central London on 2nd July. 

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Find out more about the final D&T Roadshow of the year in Bournemouth on Saturday 13th July. 

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  • The D&T Association are offering secondary members the opportunity to take part in a 3-5 day internship in a UK-based design, manufacturing, engineering or construction business.
  • Fascinating stuff - core rope memory technology used in the Apollo space program in the 60s/70s - this is where the software is woven by hand using wires passed through metal rings to represent the 1s and 0s of a computer program.
  • These links on textile dyeing might be particularly useful for A level Fashion & Textiles, especially with the increased focus on the huge amounts of water used for dyeing textiles. Spanish company DyeCoo have developed a closed looped dyeing system that uses CO₂ instead of water. As well as the water that is saved the process means there is no waste water, reduced use of energy and dyestuff, and no drying time (which also means the fabric is ready to use immediately). The CO₂ can also be recycled all of which makes it a sustainable and cost effective alternative to conventional textile dyeing. This animation explains the process and this video has similar content but within the context of the factory itself. 

Product in a Tin competition - 6 weeks to get your entries in!

The countdown to our Product in a Tin competition deadline is on - there's just 6 weeks left to get your entries in (1st August). Don't forget photo entries can be submitted for the first time this year if students don't want to part with their work (although these can't win a prize). Open to years 5 through to 11 across all material areas. Can be used as a module of work, homework, club activity etc. and there are resources to get you started here. The prizes are fab but you've got to be in it to win it!

Resources to support your planning

Our Let’s Learn resources are being added to all the time. Find out more.


Looking for a course for the summer term?

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16th June 2019

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Delegates attending our D&T Roadshows receive 50 #ThinkDo cards along with other freebies. Find out more about the final D&T Roadshow of the year in Bournemouth on Saturday 13th July. 

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  • I’m not always a big fan of league tables as they tend to be quite narrow in the criteria they use to measure things but they can be useful tools if balanced against other information that is available. This Guardian University League table should therefore be used with care but it’s a good starting point for students trying to negotiate their way through what course and uni to choose. It’s good to see a couple of my local unis getting a good rating.
  • This is both brilliant and bizarre at the same time - inflatable balloons that turn into dresses when deflated by Norweigian Central St Martin’s student Fredrik Tjærandsen’s. There’s also a vogue interview with the designer. 
  • International Women in Engineering Day is at the end of next week on 23rd June. It's an awareness campaign to raise the profile of careers for women in engineering. The website has suggestions for activities for schools including competitions and there are a couple of free poster downloads that might be useful.
  • Did you download our photo card PowerPoint showcasing some of the work from the Nottingham Trent University degree shows? There are a variety of cards across different degrees, including furniture design, product design, fashion design, textile design and accessory design. See last week’s D&T blog for more information. 

Product in a Tin competition - 7 weeks to get your entries in!

The countdown to our Product in a Tin competition deadline is on - there's just 7 weeks left to get your entries in (1st August). Don't forget photo entries can be submitted for the first time this year if students don't want to part with their work (although these can't win a prize). Open to years 5 through to 11 across all material areas. Can be used as a module of work, homework, club activity etc. and there are resources to get you started here. The prizes are fab but you've got to be in it to win it!

Resources to support your planning

Our Let’s Learn resources are being added to all the time. Find out more.

Looking for a course for the summer term?

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9th June 2019

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Instead of our usual #ThinkDo cards we have something slightly different to share this week. We recently visited Nottingham Trent University’s degree shows and we’ve used some of the photos we took to create photo cards. 

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There are a variety of cards across different degrees, including furniture design, product design, fashion design, textile design and accessory design. Each card includes images of the work of individual degree students, the short write up most students included with their work, plus a link where more examples of their work can be seen. The products in the images haven't been chosen for any particular reason other than to illustrate typical work carried out by students on a particular degree. 

The cards are mainly designed for use with KS3 and year 10 students and care should be taken if using them with students thinking about their NEA to ensure students don't just copy the ideas and that the cards don't encourage a teacher led outcome. 

We posted some of the cards as jpegs on our Facebook page but the full set are available as a PowerPoint to download here. 


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  • Ofqual are evaluating the GCSE and A level qualification changes and they are inviting teachers to have their say by attending workshops in Coventry in November. The workshops are free and travel expenses will be reimbursed. They would like people who have taught both the legacy and new qualification so they can comment on the challenges and changes of moving from one to the other. No matter what your feelings on the new qualifications it's important we don't lose this chance to have our say (both good and bad feedback), especially as the sessions will only go ahead if there are sufficient numbers of teachers who put themselves forward. Find out more. 
  • A cafe in Mumbai with cardboard walls, chairs, tables and lampshades. The architect wanted to show the versatility of cardboard as a material because of its recyclable and biodegradable properties, as well as its ability to insulate and absorb sound.
  • With the Women’s World Cup starting it’s a great opportunity to get students thinking about sportswear design, particularly the importance of designing for performance as well as aesthetics. These links might be useful starting points for homeworks or lesson activities: article by the BBC on some of the strips, article on the England Kit, footballer Chelcee Grimes rating some of the kits, a focus on French fashion designers using the World Cup for inspiration.  
  • Several different posts across the week of work from the Nottingham Trent University degree shows including images of a wide range of work from different students and scale models and prototypes used by some of the students. 

Product in a Tin competition - 8 weeks to get your entries in!

Why not use our competition as a module of work, homework, club or mock NEA? Open to years 5 - 11. Ends 1st Aug 2019. There are lots of resources to get your planning started. 

Looking for a D&T CPD course to support your planning for September?

Take a look at the full course calendar with all courses coming up in June & July. 

The D&T Roadshows - our lowest cost course with a fun filled day for just £80. 

Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T - a curriculum planning course with a difference. 


D&T GCSE: Making It Work In Textiles - for textiles teachers who want to embrace D&T GCSE through a creative textiles approach. 

Maximising Results in A Level D&T Fashion & Textiles - some resources will also be relevant to colleagues in A level Product Design. 

New to Teaching Design & Technology - 4 day bursary funded course run by the National STEM Learning Centre for newly qualified teachers (we deliver day 3). 

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23rd May 2019

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Come to our D&T Roadshows in Dorset Thursday 6th June, Liverpool Saturday 15th June & Bournemouth Saturday 13th July & receive 50 #ThinkDo cards along with other freebies & resources. 
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Resources to support your planning for after half term

  • Use the #ThinkDo cards and TechDoodle resources that we share each week on our D&T blog to support your planning for after half term. 
  • Why not use our competition as a module of work, homework, club or mock NEA? Open to years 5 - 11. Ends 1st Aug 2019. There are lots of resources to get your planning started. 
  • The Let’s Learn section of the website also has lots of planning resources. 
  • Keep an eye on our Facebook page for daily D&T updates and resources. 




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Looking for a D&T CPD course to support your planning for September?

Take a look at the full course calendar with all courses coming up in June & July. 

The D&T Roadshow

Our D&T Roadshows are our lowest cost course with a fun filled day for just £80. Click on the information block below to find out more.

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Exam Success: How To Make Learning Stick In D&T

Our exam success course is a curriculum planning course with a difference. Click on the information block below to find out more.

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D&T GCSE: Making It Work In Textiles
course to support textiles teachers who want to embrace D&T GCSE through a creative textiles approach. Click on the information block below to find out more. 

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Maximising Results in A Level D&T Fashion & Textiles
Although this course focuses on A level Fashion & Textiles, when you return to school some ideas & resources will be relevant to colleagues teaching D&T GCSE, & A level Product Design. Click on the information block below to find out more.

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New to Teaching Design & Technology
This is 4 day bursary funded course run by the National STEM Learning Centre for newly qualified teachers & we will be delivering on day 3. Click on the information block below to find out more (this will open a new window on the STEM Centre website).

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Courses Further North
In the past we've repeatedly been asked to run a D&T Roadshow further North but at the moment the one being held in Liverpool on 15th June is struggling to recruit the numbers we need for it to be cost effective. In fact, despite lots of requests for courses further North they rarely recruit as well as courses in the Midlands and South. We had planned to run more courses further North but the current lower recruitment rates are making us re-evaluate whether there is sufficient demand, so bookings for the D&T Roadshow and Exam Success: Making Learning Stick in D&T course being held in Liverpool this summer will significantly impact on our plans for next term. If you'd like to see our courses in the North continue to run please consider attending one of these courses in Liverpool, or mention the courses to others who may be interested if you are unable to attend yourself. We'd be sad to see our courses in the North disappear, especially as we both have strong links with the area, but if there isn't sufficient demand this is something we will have to consider. 

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19th May 2019

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  • Article with some interesting thoughts on rethinking the cardboard box
  • Article by Don Norman, one of the iconic names behind user friendly design who wrote ‘The Design of Everyday Things’, on how the world is designed against older people. There are some useful quotes and discussion points about the needs of older people and how designers can do a better job of meeting these needs. 
  • Interesting article on two of the designers who design some of the moquette fabric for London’s public transport, including what influences the patterns and colours they use, as well as things they have to consider when designing for a public space. Useful for thinking about textiles designers that aren’t fashion based, as well as a design context focused on designing for the challenges of a public space. 




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12th May 2019

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  • The V&A have released some useful resources linked to the design process, as well as a National Schools Challenge which opens in September 2019. The resources and challenge are targeted at KS3 but many are also useful for supporting GCSE students before they start their NEA.  Find out more.
  • Julia Daviy is a designer using 3D printing to create everyday flexible and wearable clothing that is also customisable. The prices of items reflect how long the process can take (starting at around £600 as a starting price for a skirt), & there’s some way still to go to creating a breadth of materials that truly mimic a textiles material, but it’s interesting to see the technology gradually being able to produce thinner & more flexible materials. It’s also interesting to see more and more fashion designers specialising in this area in their collections rather than more traditional techniques. 

Product in a Tin competition - You’ve got to be in it to win it!

This is the final term to get this year's Product in a Tin competition entries ready (closing date 1st August). Don’t forget each school that enters gets a free resource. If students don’t want to part with their work photo entries can be submitted. These can’t win a prize although they can be considered for inclusion on the website. Click here for information on the competition, including resources & prizes. 

Resources to support curriculum planning 

If you're looking for support for curriculum planning for the new academic year take a look at the Let’s Learn section of the website. These are being added to all the time. Also take a look at our courses for the summer term, particularly our 'Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ course.


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5th May 2019

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  • This article on tackling climate change has some interesting thinking points for students to consider when they are designing, along with examples of designers who are using some of these ideas to influence their own work
  • Some great inspiration to get students thinking a little differently - a piece of luggage that doubles up as a coat and a bag you can ‘wear’ or carry in your hand. I’m not sure I’d want to wear either but the concept of multi functional products is great. What’s also interesting is the designs were created by Elizabeth Diller, a leading architect for Prada as part of ‘Prada Invites’, a collaborative project with Diller and 2 other architects to take Prada’s iconic nylon fabric & use it in other ways. (designs from the other 2 architects can be seen on Prada’s website at )
  • This Thermoman video is a great introduction to Nomex aramid technical textiles fibres


Product in a Tin competition - You’ve got to be in it to win it!

This is the final term to get this year's Product in a Tin competition entries ready (closing date 1st August). Don’t forget each school that enters gets a free resource. If students don’t want to part with their work photo entries can be submitted. These can’t win a prize although they can be considered for inclusion on the website. Click here for information on the competition, including resources & prizes. 

Resources to support curriculum planning 

If you're looking for support for curriculum planning for the new academic year take a look at the Let’s Learn section of the website. These are being added to all the time. 

Looking for a course to support your planning for the new academic year

There’s not long left to book these courses coming up in May in Liverpool and York. Find out more about each course here. 


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28th April 2019

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Are you a textiles specialist looking for support delivering the electronics content of the D&T GCSE in a way that is relevant to textiles? Take a look at our D&T GCSE: Making It Work in Textiles course in Liverpool on 11th May & on Ipswich 29th June.

Looking for ideas for modules of work for the summer term?

If you're looking for ideas for modules of work for the summer term why not consider using one of the competitions below as a focus? Both competitions include lots of resources to start you off, and both can be adapted for use as a full module of work, or for something shorter like a homework. In particular, both sets of resources are useful if you're looking for something that helps students focus on design contexts in preparation for the NEA. Even if you don't want to enter the competition itself the resources provide a useful starting point for planning activities, either for the summer term or for the new academic year.  You've got to be in it to win it!

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Our Product in a Tin competition is open to all material areas in D&T (art & design entries are also welcome as long as they meet the entry criteria), and to any year group from year 5 to 11. The winning school gets our biggest prize ever worth over £1200 with a separate prize for the winning student. Every school that enters also receives a free resource. This year, for the first time, photo entries are accepted as we know many students don't like to part with what they have made (note these can't win  prizes but can be considered for inclusion on the website). Closing date 1st August 2019.

Practical Action's Solar Challenge KS2 & KS3 competition closes in June, so you'll have to be quick if you want to enter the competition itself, but the resources are great to use even if you don't enter the competition. 

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  • Sophie Rowley is designer is experimenting with using waste materials to create composites. In particular, she uses waste denim which she dips in resin and layers into a mould to create products out of a composite she calls Bahia Denim, named after the Brazilian blue marble the finished material resembles. The particularly interesting thing about this material is that it retains a fabric type feel on the surface. 

Looking for CPD for the summer term?

Once the NEA is finalised & sent off & revision is well under way, thoughts will turn to planning for the new academic year. If you're looking for CPD to support you or your department we have lots coming up in the summer term. Three of our summer term courses are featured below and the full course calendar includes lots of others. 

The D&T Roadshow

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After lots of requests, we now have a midweek D&T Roadshow, as well as the usual Saturday dates. The day is full of hands on practical activities focusing on teaching theory through practical work, all for just £80. Activities are linked to all material areas and are particularly suitable for KS3 & the GCSE core content. 

D&T GCSE: Making It work In Textiles

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This course is aimed at textiles specialists who want to celebrate textiles traditions whilst still embracing new ideas & the broader materials approach of the D&T GCSE. The course focuses on curriculum content textiles specialists may be less familiar with e.g. levers & mechanisms & non textiles materials such as metals, with a range of hands on, creative activities that show how this learning can be delivered using a textiles approach. Dates are planned for Liverpool, 11th May and Ipswich, 29th June.

NEA Success: Developing Skills for the NEA

As the first year of the NEA draws to a close there's lots to reflect on about how best to approach this work with the next cohort. This course focuses on the key skills students need to be successful, both in the NEA, as well as in the broader context of design thinking generally. Dates are coming up in Liverpool, London and Nottingham.

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There are no new #ThinkDo cards this week, and for the next few weeks, because of the Easter break. Instead, for a limited period you can download all 22 of the #ThinkDo resources from the Spring 2019 term all collected together onto a PowerPoint. Offer ends 24th April 2019. THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED

Note the file is large and may not download to some mobile devices. Some school system settings might also restrict downloads. 

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  • There are a number of good revision books available for D&T GCSE and recently we’ve come across the Pocket Posters Revision Guide by Daydream Education. It's A5 size and has glossy pages with loads of colour and it feels more like a catalogue than a book. It summarises key info onto a page and is particularly useful for the core. It's not perfect (I personally think there's a bit too much use of colour) but at £3.99 it’s a reasonable price especially as you get both the hard copy book and a code that allows you to access the book online (and if you’re buying more than 10 the price is lower). You can also buy the individual pages as A1 posters as well. The video is a quick flick through the book.
  • The Sleep Pod is an interesting product for discussion around designing for well being. It’s made made from a 4 way stretch fabric that applies a gentle pressure to your whole body creating a cocoon that is said to help reduce anxiety and aid sleep. Designed by Matt Mundt, who’s previously worked at Apple and Harley Davidson, it was inspired by the designer’s insomnia & the way swaddling is used to calm a baby and encourage it to sleep. 
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Support for Your Summer Term Planning

Save yourself some planning time over the break by taking a look the Let’s Learn section of the website. This pulls together useful videos & websites linked to different areas of the curriculum to save you time having to look for them. Many of the sections also have #ThinkDo cards that can be downloaded. These pages are being developed and added to all the time. 

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a module of work, NEA mock context, or homework? The competition is open to year’s 5 through to year 11 and the prizes are fab! Every school that enters gets a free resource and if students don’t want to part with their work photo entries are accepted (although these can’t win prizes and can only be considered for inclusion on the website). Closing date 1st August 2019.

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31st March 2019

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Have You Got Your D&T Roadshow Tickets Yet?

The first of our summer term D&T Roadshows takes place not long after Easter so if you're in the Ipswich area book your tickets soon. This year for the first time we have several midweek Roadshows, as well as our usual Saturday dates, and Ipswich is one of these (Wednesday 8th May). 

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  • This is an activity with a difference - the University of Dundee have a forensic science project called Shoeprints where they are creating a database of shoe prints to held identify marks found at crime scenes, including using the database to help identify specific activities being done at the time the footprint was made e.g. running, jumping. It’s an easy activity to do and there’s a link in the information below to full instructions and a video showing what to do and where to send the data. This would also be a great opportunity to think about footwear design generally, including the patterns on soles.
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  • Take a look at the photos from our recent visit to JH Clissold & Son Ltd in Bradford who design woven fabric, including the Yorkshire stripe we’ve mentioned before. The Yorkshire stripe fabric is woven in house on a bespoke basis on jacquard looms, although this is the only one they manufacture on site as design is their main focus is on design and their other manufacturing is outsourced elsewhere in the UK. Although the Yorkshire Stripe is the fabric that's caught people’s attention the company actually weave any word or phrase into the stripe and when we visited they were weaving a custom fabric for a Russian customer. Clissold’s core business is designing luxury fabrics, mostly in wool, and mostly for high end designer brands across the world who place a high value on British design and manufacturing. Unfortunately Clissolds will only take student visits from universities (who they also provide with materials at a reduced price) but it’s a useful reminder that whilst the UK textiles industry is significantly smaller than in the past ‘made in Britain’ is still valued across the world.

Starting to Think About Planning for the Summer Term?

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a module of work, NEA mock context, or homework? The competition is open to year’s 5 through to year 11 and the prizes are fab! Every school that enters gets a free resource and if students don’t want to part with their work photo entries are accepted (although these can’t win prizes and can only be considered for inclusion on the website). 

Take a look a the Let’s Learn section of the website for lots of resources to support your planning. These are being developed and added to all the time. 


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D&T GCSE: Making It Work in Textiles

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  • 2nd April is World Autism Day which was designated by the United Nations as a day for organisations around the world to come together to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism. This could be a useful starting point for a design context, whether it be as a quick starter activity or discussion, or as part of a bigger design activity. In particular it may be useful to consider the fact that the UN emphasises the inclusion and development of those with disabilities in many of their 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development as part of their ‘leaving no one behind’ vision and they have a useful free to download infographic, as well as a section on the UN website about World Autism Day  (use the menu bar at the top of the page for more info). The National Autistic Society website might be a useful website for finding out more about designing for people with autism .
  • The Ritdye website has some useful easy to follow instructions and videos on dyeing textiles fabrics, including shibori, ombre, marble dyeing and more. The instructions are aimed at their own brand of dye but others can be used.  



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  • The ‘Designing, Making, Using’ book by the Design Museum is targeted at KS3 and might also be useful at GCSE. It focuses on 6 design icons/designers (Dieter Rams/Braun, Shepard Fairey/political posters, Jock Kinneir & Margaret Calvert/roadsigns, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh/Sugru, Corradino D’Ascanio/Vespa scooter, Frank Gehry/wiggle chair). Each section includes learning outcomes, curriculum links, a material list, background information & images, lots of questions to focus discussion, suggested design and modelling activities, as well as pointers for further research. There’s also a link in the book that gives you access to download PowerPoints to support each of the sections in the book, summarising key points and with links to an accompanying video (although unfortunately the PowerPoints aren’t editable). The book might be particularly useful if you're looking for some standalone work for one or two lessons or for cover work. 
  • ‘Access to Clean Water & Sanitation’ is one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development & next week 22nd March is World Water Day which aims to raise the awareness of this issue. The World Water Day website has some resources, as does the Global Goals website. This could be a useful starting point for a design context, whether it be as a quick starter activity or discussion, or as part of a bigger design activity.
  • The Sowsense Coat was a runner up for New Zealand in the James Dyson Award 2018 and it’s a great example of the use of programmable control in a functional textiles product. Georgia Fulton who designed the product has several pigs as a child which sparked an interest in issues related to pig farming, one of which is that sows usually flop onto their sides to feed their young, trapping their young underneath them without realising. The Sowsense Coat has pressure sensors that are activated by a tilt sensor in the coat when the sow rolls onto her side and which are coded to recognise the pressure and thermal signs that a piglet is trapped. If a piglet is detected, an ear tag alarm lets out a high-pitched noise startling the sow making her get off the piglet. The noise repeats and intensifies 3 times if the sow doesn’t respond and then an alert is sent to the farmer who can use an app to track, record and predict herd behaviour. Over time the sow learns to associate the alarm with a piglet which trains her to more aware of where her babies are.

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Are You Looking for Low Cost CPD for the Spring & Summer Term?

The courses we run on behalf of the National STEM Learning Centre are bursary funded for state schools and academies (i.e. non fee paying schools). The bursary pays for most of the course fee, as well as for accommodation. Look out for the bursary funded label on our course calendar. 

Our D&T Roadshows are a little bit different to your average course with a big focus on hands on activities. They are just £80 and include lots of resources to take away. 

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These resources can be used by anyone but delegates attending most of the courses we're running in the spring & summer term will find them particularly useful to compliment other resources given away on the day. This includes our “
Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses taking place in  Liverpool on 13th June, Nottingham on 18th June and central London 2nd July. This course includes revision, as well as support for longer term curriculum planning. 

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  • Red Nose Day is coming up next week which is a great starting point for thinking about a range of design contexts. Comic Relief’s mission is for a world free from poverty, whether it be at home in the UK or somewhere else in the world. This fits in with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development where ’No Poverty’ is identified as the top priority. Both the Comic Relief website and the Global Goals one have some useful resources to prompt thinking about design within this context. On a different note Comic Relief is famous for its red nose designs & this could be a nice, quick design activity investigating old ones and thinking about a new design. This video has the history of red noses up to 2017 that’s a useful starting point. 
  • PG Online have a useful free to download set of editable resources that are suitable for options talks for D&T GCSE - they might be worth a look either to use as they are or to adapt to meet your own needs. 
  • We can’t find a better quality version of the image but the diagram at this link showing the use of composite materials in the Airbus A380. It might be particularly useful to show that textiles is about so much more than making garments and that textiles materials also include technical engineering materials such as composites.
  • Vegan sneakers made from pressed hay applied to a base fabric, cork insole, rubber outer soles and suede made from recycled PET bottles . Nat-2, the German company who design and make the sneakers also do a range of other sustainable footwear that is worth looking at, including fabrics made from waste milk, coffee beans, mushrooms, stone and fish leather. 

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Our D&T Roadshows are a little bit different to your average course with a big focus on hands on activities. They are just £80 and include lots of resources to take away. 

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3rd March 2019

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These resources can be used by anyone but our “Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses might find them particularly useful to support activities done on the day (Liverpool 8th March & 13th June, Nottingham 18th June and central London 2nd July). 

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There’s a bonus #ThinkDo card this week. This is an old card that has been released before but it’s particularly relevant to Fairtrade Fortnight which goes on until 10th March. 

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  • Booklet on coping with exam pressure written by an ex teacher who's now a professor & researcher at Liverpool John Moores. It's the usual sort of information we give to students but it's nicely laid out and is good for prompting discussion on exam anxiety. The deep breathing bit about controlling anxiety might be particularly useful.
  • Flat pack extendable bed made from corrugated card with bamboo ends. 
  • Tuxedo dress worn by Billy Porter to the Oscars that challenges the traditional ideals on what menswear should look like 



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24th February 2019

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These resources compliment the resources given away on many of our courses particularly our “Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses taking place in Basingstoke 26th Feb, Liverpool 8th March & 13th June, Nottingham 11th March & 18th June and central London 2nd July. This course includes revision, as well as support for longer term curriculum planning. 


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Paul’s latest video was released over half term. It introduces the Crumble micro controller and shows you how to programme it to create a flashing LED. A worksheet is also available to download for use in your classroom.

This worksheet is part of a series of worksheets by Paul Boyd on how to programme the Crumble micro controller. The other worksheets in the series are available on the Crumble courses Paul runs. Email Paul to find out about these courses, including potential bursary funded courses which include Crumble kits for your school to keep. 

Enter our Product in a Tin competition for the chance to win a class set of Crumble starter kits plus a half day Crumble training session (plus a sewing machine and separate prizes for the winning student!). Find out more and download free resources

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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We were super excited before half term to receive the first entries to this year’s Product in a Tin competition. Don’t forget that entries can be sent in at any time even though the deadline date for the competition isn’t until 1st August 2019. It was a great start to the day to receive entries that used a range of materials in a creative and clever way and here’s a sneak peak at some of them. 


Don’t forget you can now enter photo entries if students don’t want to part with their work (although these can’t win a prize and can only be considered for inclusion on the website). The competition is also open to years 5 & 6 for the first time. Why not use the competition as a module of work, homework, club activity or even a mock NEA context? There’s lots of resources to support the competition including these #ThinkDo cards so it may be worth a look even if your students aren’t going to enter. 

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  • It’s Fairtrade Fortnight from 25th February to 10th March so it’s a good opportunity to bring this into lessons in some way even it it's just a quick activity. The Fairtrade Foundation have lots of free resources for schools. 
  • The Six Items Challenge by Labour Behind the Label is an annual challenge that aims to raise awareness of the impact of fast fashion. Those who take part are sponsored to wear clothing from 6 selected items of their choice every day for 6 weeks from 6th March - 18th April 2019. Participants have unlimited access to underwear, accessories, footwear and specialist items like gym wear, uniforms, sleepwear etc). This could be something some students may be interested in participating in but it would also be a good design context to explore, especially for Post 16 Fashion and Textiles students. 
  • If you are looking for other resources to support your planning for the next half term take a look at the Let’s Learn section of the website. 
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Have you seen our latest video download?

This is Paul’s latest video which introduces the Crumble micro controller and shows you how to programme it to create a flashing LED. A worksheet is also available to download for use in your classroom.


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Download this worksheet which shows you how to programme the Crumble to create a flashing LED. 


This worksheet is part of a series of worksheets by Paul Boyd on how to programme the Crumble micro controller. The other worksheets in the series are available on the Crumble courses Paul runs. Email Paul to find out about these courses, including potential bursary funded courses which include Crumble kits for your school to keep. 

Enter our Product in a Tin competition for the chance to win a class set of Crumble starter kits plus a half day Crumble training session (plus a sewing machine and separate prizes for the winning student!). The competition is open to students from years 5 to 11. Find out more and download free resources


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These 
#ThinkDo cards support our Product in a Tin competition. There are lots more resources, as well as more information on the competition hereFor the first time this year the competition is open to years 5 and 6 as well as years 7 to 11. Photo entries are also accepted, although note these can’t win a prize and can only be considered for inclusion on the website. Why not use the competition as a module of work, the focus for a club, as a homework or even as a mock NEA context? The prizes are fabulous but you’ve got to be in it to win it! Find out more. 

Visit the Let’s Learn folder for resources to support your planning ready for after half term




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10th February 2019

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These resources can be used by anyone but delegates attending most of the courses we're running in the spring & summer term will find them particularly useful to compliment other resources given away on the day. This includes our “
Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses taking place in Basingstoke 26th Feb, Liverpool 8th March & 13th June, Nottingham 11th March & 18th June and central London 2nd July. This course includes revision, as well as support for longer term curriculum planning. 

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Delegates attending our D&T Roadshows receive 50 #ThinkDo cards along with other freebies. Find out more about the Roadshow and find the one nearest to you. The next ones are Ipswich 8th May, Dorset 6th June, Liverpool 15th June & Bournemouth 13th July (midweek & weekend dates available). 





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3rd February 2019

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Design Museum Inspiration

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The new Design Museum has been open for a while but we only recently got the chance to visit for the first time. We particularly liked the crowdsourced wall that collects together objects suggested by the public that individuals felt represented everyday design to them. With a wide range of products across all materials areas it’s a great visual representation of the broader materials aspect of the D&T GCSE. The display looks striking visually and it would be great to replicate it on a smaller scale in a department. 

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The museum’s use of ‘user’, ‘designer’ and ‘maker’ in the main entrance and in displays around the exhibitions also has a great impact in terms of constantly reinforcing their key message. 

These posters were also on display at the museum as part of the activities in the family area in the permanent exhibition. The briefs/contexts might be useful to use with students e.g. as a homework or cover lessons, although the fashion one's a bit disappointing as with all the amazing fashion technology they have on display I would have thought they could have come up with something better than designing an apron!

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These resources can be used by anyone but delegates attending most of the courses we're running in the spring & summer term will find them particularly useful to compliment other resources given away on the day. This includes our “Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses taking place in Burnley 5th Feb, Basingstoke 26th Feb, Liverpool 8th March & 13th June, Nottingham 11th March & 18th June and central London 2nd July. This course includes revision, as well as support for longer term curriculum planning. 

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  • A safety helmet that prevents concussion inspired by hedgehog quills - nice example of biomimicry inspired design. Watch this video as well as this one to find out how the helmet works, read an article on the helmet or visit the Hedgemon website.
  • Something to add to the ‘to do’ list if you are visiting London - apparently the second floor of Alexander McQueen’s new flagship store on Old Bond Street is an exhibition space for his archive work
  • Ofqual say many students don't realise that even if a mobile phone is switched off, or if the battery is dead, taking a phone into an exam room, even by accident, is malpractice. This article talks about why some students still do this even when they are aware of the rules. Something to remind students of with exam season coming up. 



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27th January 2019

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Have you seen our latest video download?

One of Paul's aims for 2019 is to produce more videos to support our courses and to add to the website. Here is his first video which is an introduction to micro controllers. Look out for other videos on a variety of subjects over the next few months. 

If you are interested in finding out more about courses Paul runs using various micro controllers, including potential bursary funded courses, email him at paulboyd@mac.com

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These resources can be used by anyone but delegates attending most of the courses we're running in the spring & summer term will find them particularly useful to compliment other resources given away on the day. This includes our “
Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses taking place in Burnley 5th Feb, Basingstoke 26th Feb, Liverpool 8th March & 13th June, Nottingham 11th March & 18th June and central London 2nd July. This course includes revision, as well as support for longer term curriculum planning. 

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  • The Design & Technology Association have some useful free to download resources for option evenings and displays on their website. They include posters, leaflets and videos. 
  • Elon Musk talking about the properties of materials for his SpaceX rocket; he talks about why the rocket will potentially be made from stainless steel rather than carbon fibre.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge has expressed an interest in finding out more about the textiles industry. Although her royal role means she won’t be able to get involved in the political side of things like the impact the Ebacc and government policy on education it will be good to have a high profile ambassador specifically for textiles. 



 



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20th January 2019

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These resources can be used by anyone but delegates attending most of the courses we're running in the spring & summer term will find them particularly useful to compliment other resources given away on the day. This includes our “
Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses taking place in central London 29th Jan & 2nd July, Burnley 5th Feb, Basingstoke 26th Feb, Liverpool 8th March & 13th June, Nottingham 11th March & 18th June. This course includes revision, as well as support for longer term curriculum planning. 

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Calling All Liverpool Teachers!

If you're based in Liverpool you might be interested in our D&T:Connect after school CPD on 6th February. It’s a formal CPD session rather than a Teach Meet run by both of us with activities and resources to take away, plus time to ask questions, all for just £10. Book& find out more here

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13th January 2019

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Coming Soon! New Video Resources for 2019

One of Paul's aims for 2019 is to produce more videos to support our courses and to add to the website. With this in mind he will be trying to produce a couple a month which will be shared on Facebook, in our D&T newsletter and on the blog. Look out for the first one being released soon.

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Want to know more using these resources & others we produce to develop a successful curriculum?
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  • Interesting report on trends shaping product design; it includes useful information on what's driving the trends, as well as the implications for designer and designers. It's a long read, and probably more suitable for older students, but it would be great to include some of this thinking in the run up to the NEA context in June. 
  • Something else that might be useful when the next cohort of students start thinking about the NEA to get them to think differently; 10 technologies that might influence the future of fashion - from 3D printing, to AI and biopolymers to designing garments that change shape to have different uses, garments designed to be suitable to fit a range of sizes, and everyday clothing that help us monitor our health. 
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  • Short article that refers to a couple of reports that came out last year. If you’re looking for facts, figures and quotes to justify D&T and show it's importance in a world economy, whether it be to SLT or at open evenings, these may be useful. Some of the content is also useful if you’re creating displays. Neither report is a short read but they are worth it if you can find the time - if not a couple of the basics are in this short write up
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Do You Teach A Level Fashion & Textiles in the Wembley or Northwood area?

Sharon Morrish is generously offering to pass on her A level fashion & textiles teaching teaching folders full of worksheets. She is no longer teaching the course and would rather another teacher make use of them than they be thrown away. She works in Greenford near Wembley and teaches in Northwood so if anyone local to either area would like Contact me  and I will put you in touch. 

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GCSE & A Levels: The Start of an Amazing Journey 

The dark nights, cold weather, and quickly approaching coursework and exam deadlines make this a challenging term. Don’t let this make you forget the difference we make to most of our students. We were reminded of this last weekend when we were invited by an ex-student to the release of his latest fashion collection as part London Fashion Week Men’s. Nicholas Daley works as a menswear designer and, as well as his fourth year at London Fashion Week Men’s, he’s in the finals for the prestigious International Woolmark Prize. Just remember that the work we do with students, particularly at GCSE and A Level, can be the small seeds of an amazing journey. See photos on our Facebook page and on the page about Nick on the website. 

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We’ve been asked to run more courses further North than the Midlands where we’re based. We’re happy to run courses any where in the country but the challenge is to make things cost effective when it’s not close to home. As we have family in Liverpool we’re going to use this more as a venue to keep costs down. I know this still won’t be far enough North for everyone but it’s a start! The list below includes new Liverpool courses, as well as some in Burnley and York, and if there’s sufficient demand we’ll put on more. 

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