Other Useful Information For D&T

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Designing a Future Economy


The Designing a Future Economy report by the Design Council in 2017 which investigated the skills used in design and the link between these skills and productivity and innovation, along with how they link to future demand for skills in the UK economy in the future. The information in the report might be useful when justifying design on the curriculum, particularly in relation to how design develops skills industry needs generally, rather than just the skills needed in design related roles. 

The Alliance Report in 2015 examined the textiles industry in the UK, particularly in relation to the trend for repatriation of manufacturing, the opportunities for growth, and the barriers that might prevent the sector from maximising it’s potential. The findings of the report indicate a growing industry with a significant increase in job opportunities by 2020. This report might be useful for educating others about the modern textiles industry.  

Presentation by Diana Choulerton’s presentation at the D&T Association’s Summer School (Ofsted’s National Lead for D&T) 

Green Paper: Building our Industrial Strategy (2017) 

The governments plan post Brexit to deliver a strong economy. At 130 pages this is a long read but good starting points are the 10 ‘pillars’ on page 11, as well as the developing skills section on page 37 which has some specific references to education that are relevant to D&T. The document might be useful to support a case for D&T in school and to link it to a bigger picture government policy. 

The Value of Cultural Learning, published by the Cultural Learning Alliance, shows the impact of learning through arts and culture on vital measures of success including educational attainment, employability, health, and increasing social engagement. The 10 key research findings summarised at the beginning of the document are useful to use as part of a case to support D&T in schools. 

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

Report by the government on the creative industries in 2016 measuring the number of jobs and the value of exports. 

This report by David Barlex and Torben Steeg on re-building D&T, modernising the subject and the challenges we face is a long read but it's a useful one to put on the New Year reading list. It is aimed at the D&T Association, as well as others in a position of influence, but, as the report points out, these changes are not something they can undertake alone and all members of the D&T community have to play a part. It's definitely worth at least a skim read especially if you are a Head of Department. David Spendlove's response to the report is also of interest as he proposes a more radical 'reclaiming, renaming and reframing agenda' rather than focusing on the past. He also encourages debate within the community D&T about how we move forward 

This article is definitely worth looking at if you are thinking about the new non examined assessment for the D&T GCSE and how you can develop your KS3 to enable students to develop both independent learning and design thinking skills. As well as being an interesting article there are links to some useful resources. There are also some good arguments that can be used to help others understand the value of D&T in a broader context.


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. 

Ofqual’s summary of a grade 8, 5 and 2 will look like for the D&T GCSE and the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCS

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