2016 - 2017 Textiles Teacher Roadshows 

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Find out more about The Textiles Teacher Roadshows 2016 - 2017

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The Roadshows for the academic year 2016 - 2017 focused on the new GCSE D&T, although much of the content was also very relevant to those teaching art textiles and the new Technical Awards. 

There were three venues this year with a return to Nottingham and London, as well as a new venue in Dorset. Across all three events nearly 100 teachers gave up their Saturday to celebrate all things textiles. It was good to catch up with teachers who had been to previous Roadshows, as well meeting teachers who had never been before. In addition to the activities across the day this event is a great networking opportunity for teachers, many of whom meet up with old friends and colleagues, as well as creating new links with schools both close and far away. 

Watch this video to see some of the things that happened at this year’s events. 

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Exciting workshop activities

All events began the day with a short keynote talk from Julie Boyd on the place of textiles in the new GCSE D&T qualification. The aim was to dispel some of the myths and rumours about the future of textiles and to consider what lies ahead for our subject. 

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Most of the day was divided into two workshops that all delegates attended. Julie Boyd's workshop focused on the ‘broader materials’ aspect of the new GCSE with practical activities using materials not traditionally used in textiles such as woods and plastics along with some more traditional textiles materials. 

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Delegates did a range of exciting and creative activities that demonstrated how these materials are more related to textiles than we might at first realise and how they offer us opportunities for creativity, as well as for ways of engaging traditional textiles students in the broader materials aspect of the new GCSE.

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A big thanks to Coles Sewing Centre who sponsored the threads used in this workshop and to Kitronik who sponsored some of the materials including the maple veneer and polypropylene that delegates used. 

Paul Boyd's workshop focused on forces, levers, mechanisms and maths which are elements of the new GCSE that many textiles teachers feel less confident with. 

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Through textiles based activities and projects he showed how these areas are very relevant to textiles and how they can be taught in a creative and engaging way that will appeal to both the traditional girls who opt for textiles as well as boys.


Although most of the delegates were D&T teachers there were also art textiles teachers as well as those considering the Tech Awards. It was also good to see a couple of RM teachers attending to get ideas on how they can embrace textiles with the broader materials focus of the new GCSE. 

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Inspiring displays


At the Nottingham event Rose from Coles Sewing Centre where the course was held ran an informal demo of different machines including a prize drawer for a bumper pack of embroidery threads. 

At the London event Tamsin Mitchell, Head of D&T at Lady Margaret School who hosted the event, ran an informal session on using the laser cutter in textiles and showcased lots of the work from the department. 

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At the Dorset event our host, Claire Custard, showcased work from the department and talked to delegates about her ideas for the new D&T GCSE. 


Over lunch there was time to look around the small display of student work, as well as competition entries from the last 3 years including the 2016 Product in a Tin winners. 

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A HUGE thank you to the following teachers and schools for showcasing their work at the events. Sally Beeston (Groby Community College), Michelle Weston (Rushcliffe School, Nottingham), Sian Jones (The Nottingham Emmanuel School), Martina Botros (Guru Nanak Sikh Academy), Tamsin Mitchell (Lady Margaret School), Claire Custard & Marion Beck (Gillingham School). Click on the link for each school to see more about the work from each school. Winners and runners up from the 2016, 2015 and 2014 competition were also showcased. Click here to see the entries. 

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One of the key elements of the display was a 'pop up shop’ inspired by Tracey Heaton from Flixton Girls’ School and this was a real talking point with delegates.


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Prizes galore!

One of the features of the Roadshow that makes it different to other courses we run is that there are a number of prizes during the day so some lucky delegates took these prizes below home with them.

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Delegates who attended the Roadshow also took away a fabulous goodie bag sponsored by Coles Sewing Centre and Husqvarna Viking along with a set of eleven A2 posters on textiles (a big thanks to EMTEX for sponsoring the posters). 


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What delegates said about the day

This course has been really useful and has given me so many ideas for topics/lessons getting ready for the D&T spec.

Genuine activities I can actually use. Loved it!

Thank you Paul for making levers less scary!

Lots of content & great takeaway ideas

[attended] as a nervous RM 'specialist' trying to get some inspiration for delivering the Textiles content of the new spec. I'm now absolutely buzzing! Well resourced and very, very useful, I'm very glad I went. If you get the chance to attend - do.

Hands on, excellent atmosphere, lots of ideas, clear instructions & easy to follow

Practical application of new aspects of D&T - maths, science - interesting, informative & friendly

Really informative, fantastic food for thought. Better than a spa day!

Such a positive day using a variety of materials in different ways, really great to try new things and be inspired.

Well structured & excellent delivery - an enjoyable worthwhile day. 

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A HUGE thank you to our sponsors for the Roadshow

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