GCSE D&T

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Scroll down to see the range of courses we currently run that support GCSE D&T:

  • One day courses on GCSE D&T focusing on a broader materials approach (all exam boards)
  • One day courses on GCSE D&T focusing on individual material areas (all exam boards). Click here for information on D&T GCSE courses that have a textiles focus
  • Two day courses funded by the National STEM Learning Centre 
  • Courses developing key knowledge and practical skills


Developing Knowledge & Practical Skills for D&T GCSE
(2 day residential) 
22nd & 23rd June 2018
23rd & 24th November 2018

National STEM Learning Centre, York
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (accommodation not included). 
Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course content but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 

Outcomes

  • Understand the knowledge requirements of design and technology GCSE and the depth of content needed for successful delivery
  • Develop your confidence to deliver the GCSE subject content, using equipment and resources outside of your material specialism
  • Gain resources and ideas that you can use straight away

Content

Would you like to increase your confidence in teaching new or unfamiliar content?

Would you like to develop your knowledge and skills outside of your specialist area?

Are you looking for ways of engaging students in content not traditionally taught in your material area?

This two day course will help you develop the practical skills and knowledge to deliver the design and technology GCSE. It is aimed at teachers from all material areas (product design, textiles, resistant materials, graphics, etc…) and will support the teaching of all exam specifications.

  • Teaching the tricky bits eg levers, mechanisms, forces, stresses, electronics
  • Developing material knowledge, exploring the properties and uses of a range of materials
  • Hands-on experience of materials, developing your confidence in processes that might be outside of your traditional specialism
  • Exploring how non-traditional equipment can be used in a classroom to teach GCSE subject content, allowing for activities to be carried out in a non-specialist room
  • Lots of ideas for activities that can be used in the classroom to develop your key stage 4 curriculum
  • Suggestions on how current classrooms and staffing might be used to deliver the design and technology GCSE

Please note, whilst this course will spend time focused on equipment, the majority of content will focus on activities that can be carried out in a non-specialist room and approaches to teaching GCSE content without traditional machinery.


What delegates say about this course

Excellent examples of practical tasks and how they relate to the new course. All good but especially the link with textiles. 

Some great ideas and processes I hadn’t thought about. 

Great ideas and a lot of fun - great ways to introduce theory in a practical way. 

Starting to bring D&T alive in a new and exciting way. Great inspiration. 

Very clear and informative - good mix of activities and information. 

Excellent, so useful. Easy to understand, lots of resources and ideas.


How to book this course

Book this course
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 



How to Successfully Implement the New GCSE in D&T
(2 days - both must be attended - see dates below) 

Note this course was previously titled Preparing to Teach the New GCSE D&T & delegates who attended that course should not attend. The course has been renamed & the course title updated to better reflect the content. 

28th & 29th September 2017
Challney High School for Boys, Luton, LU4 9JT
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website


11th & 12th January 2018
Oldway Primary School, Paignton, TQ3 2SY
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (accommodation not included).
Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course content but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 

Outcomes

  • Understand the curriculum changes at GCSE from 2017 and be able to support your department to implement the changes in a manageable way
  • Review your current curriculum and create a personalised department action plan in order to create a seamless curriculum from KS3-5
  • Identify a range of strategies and ideas that will help you create an outstanding D&T curriculum that maximizes progression and engages students
  • Create a curriculum that has a ‘wow’ factor and which raises the profile of D&T
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Content

Outline of the changes at KS4 and what this means for your department.

Support you to develop a personalised action plan for your school. We will look at how to decide which parts of your curriculum to change, how to implement those changes and how to ensure that these changes secure a good foundation for learning from KS3 to KS5.

Examine the additional subject knowledge that you may need to prepare for the changes and look at further support and resources that are available.

Discover a wide range of strategies and ideas on how to create a curriculum that embeds progression and creativity, along with tried and tested tips on engaging all learners, including boys, G&T students, as well as weaker students. A key focus will be areas identified by Ofsted as key to maximizing performance e.g. effective use of assessment for learning, assessment without levels and higher order thinking skills.

The two days will give you the opportunity to develop an in depth understanding on what makes Design and Technology have the ‘wow’ factor and embed this into your department in a manageable way. There will be many ideas that are quick and easy to implement as well as strategies that are part of a longer term plan. There will also be lots of practical hands on activities that are transferable to the classroom.

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Note this course was previously titled Preparing to Teach the New GCSE D&T & delegates who attended that course should not attend. The course has been renamed & the course title updated to better reflect the content. 


What delegates say about this course

Fantastic - a fresh approach incorporating what we already do with new ideas. I will be using these ideas straight away.

Very impressed by the examples of how to incorporate smart materials and electronics.  

It has been really useful looking at different specifications and outlining areas needed to be taught at KS3.

Great to get a better understanding of how I can stretch all of my pupils.

Great ideas and a lot of fun - great ways to introduce theory in a practical way. 

Starting to bring D&T alive in a new and exciting way. Great inspiration.  

Lots of ideas & sources of funding - really useful.

Good ideas to take away & implement immediately.

I’m not as afraid of what is happening with the new specs now - brilliant!

Very clear and informative - good mix of activities and information. 

Excellent, so useful. Easy to understand, lots of resources and ideas.

Gave so much to think about and also the confidence about how far along the journey I am. 

Both Paul and Julie are in touch with what is really going on out there in our subject. 

Really useful, informative and thought provoking. Lots to take back to my department. 

Friendly, supportive and positive delivery. Informative and empowering.

Read a blog by one of the participants from this course


How to book this course

Book this course
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 


What else would you like to know about our courses?

We have Lead Facilitator accreditation as part of the National STEM Learning Centre CPD Quality Mark

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Dates not convenient for you? 

It is sometimes possible to add in additional dates and venues for workshops so contact me if a date doesn’t suit you. 


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