Supporting Textiles Specialists to Deliver D&T GCSE Core Content

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Supporting Textiles Specialists to Deliver D&T GCSE Core Content            
£175 (per person)

This is a blended learning course which is equivalent to a one day training course. 

2 hours of live online training. Choose from one of the following dates:

  • 9th December 2021 3.45pm - 5.45pm, 2 hr live online session          

Plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities with supporting resources. 

This course supports textiles specialists to deliver the D&T GCSE core content they may feel less familiar with in a way that celebrates the uniqueness and traditions of textiles whilst embracing a multi material approach. Scroll down for full details. 

D&T GCSE supporting textiles


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9th December 2021 3.45pm - 5.45pm, 2 hr live online session          £175

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How the course is delivered

  • This is a blended learning course that is equivalent to a one day training course. It has a mix of 2 hours live online training, as well as at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.
  • The online sessions are usually delivered via Zoom with a link to the course being sent to the participant before the event.
  • The course fee pays for one person to attend the live online session. They will be asked to participate via audio or video.
  • The online session includes hands on interactive activities and a resource pack is sent to participants before the session. 
  • As part of the self directed study participants will be provided with electronic resources for appropriate activities and reading that supports the content of the course. The self directed activities can be carried out at any time and are designed to support participants to create a personalised CPD programme that helps them develop their curriculum over time.  

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  • To identify how textiles fits into the D&T GCSE qualification in a way that retains its creativity and uniqueness whilst still embracing the broader materials approach. 
  • To develop knowledge of selected areas of the core content for D&T GCSE, particularly those that may be less familiar to textiles specialists.
  • To develop a textiles curriculum from KS3 - 5 that embraces a broader materials approach and which engages both students interested in a traditional textiles approach as well as those who are more adventurous. 
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  • A brief overview of learning in the D&T GCSE (England). Note that reference is made to the NEA but the main focus will be on the core content related to the exam.
  • Identifying core content learning that textiles specialist may feel less familiar with.
  • Ideas for activities that are creative and which help bring the core content to life helping to make it relevant to textiles.
  • A range of learning content will be covered during the day but in particular this course will focus on areas of the core content textiles teachers have said they feel less confident in delivering e.g. non textiles materials, levers & mechanisms (content isn't targeted at any single exam board and is suitable for all specifications).
  • An approach that celebrates the traditional creativity and uniqueness of textiles whilst still embracing new ideas and a broader materials approach to D&T.
  • Reinvigorate your teaching & create a buzz about textiles in the D&T GCSE.
  • Challenge perceptions and stereotypes about what textiles is and use the D&T GCSE to strengthen the position of textiles and to raise its profile. 
  • The courses encourages you to think differently & to challenge & reflect on how you currently do things. 
  • The course is suitable for textiles teachers and assumes some basic textiles knowledge. It is particularly suitable for anyone who wants to embrace the D&T GCSE but who feels less confident in some of the areas of the core content. Some of the content will be also be relevant to the D&T GCSE qualification in general and many resources will be of use to your whole department. 


  • As every D&T department is different the course doesn’t provide an an off the shelf ‘one size fits all’ scheme of learning. Instead the course gives participants tools and ideas to develop a personalised approach to the curriculum.
  • There isn't time to cover every aspect of the core content and the aim is to show a broader overview of how it's possible for textiles to remain strong at GCSE level, embracing elements of both traditional textiles as well as newer ideas. 

making it work in textiles

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Resources participants get

  • Tools to identify key learning for D&T GCSE and in particular to identify core content learning textiles specialist may feel less familiar with.
  • Resources to be able to carry out interactive hands on activities during the live online session, along with additional materials for some of the self directed learning activities so you can have a go at some of them straight away. 
  • Mini material samples pack with materials linked to the D&T GCSE core content. 
  • Electronic resources to support content covered in the online session, much of which can be used immediately back in the classroom. Additional resources are also provided for additional activities as part of the self directed study content. 
  • Important note: Participants will be sent resources to use during some of the online activities so make sure we have the name of the person these have to be sent to. 

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Technical requirements to access the course

For the best experience we recommend:

  • Accessing the session via a computer as this will enable you to see the detail of the content better
  • Use of headphones as this will enable the use of audio/video interaction where applicable
  • Space on your work table will allow you to take part in some of the interactive activities
  • Important note: Participants will be sent resources to use during some of the online activities so make sure we have the name of the person these have to be sent to.

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What delegates say about this course

  • Hands on, lots of ideas, all clearly explained, directly relates to textiles, very empowering and confidence boosting. 
  • Had lots of fun whilst learning - one of the best training sessions in a long time.
  • Excellent course, really helped me clarify things and gave me food for thought. 
  • My head is still buzzing with ideas and I feel much better equipped to develop our curriculum offer. 
  • Brilliant & informative from start to finish. Really helped dispel worries about the spec.
  • Lots of hands on practical tasks that you can use in your classroom & fab resources. 
  • Excellent course, very informative. I can go back to school feeling confident about textiles and positive and exciting about the changes.
  • Excellent, inspiring & useful. Information on other materials areas as well as textiles was really useful to get the bigger picture across D&T.
  • Great range of resources and ideas - the resources are excellent & there are clear links back to the curriculum. 

Textiles D&T GCSE support

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