Comic relief, focus on food, applying for a new job, & boys do textiles too 

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This week I have been getting ready for my stand at the Sewing for Pleasure/Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch show at the NEC from March 19th-22nd. I will be showcasing e-textiles, and introducing a couple of new project ideas, so if you are visiting pop along and see me on stand ZN22 (just behind the main fashion show stage). 

Click here to find out more about Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Comic Relief

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Comic Relief is next week and if you are looking for ideas on how to use this in your lessons visit . There are lots of ideas relevant to D&T lessons as well as things like tutor time. 

You can also see the t.shirts designed by Anya Hindmarsh, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Von Furstenberg, Henry Holland and Matthew Williamson at This is a great way of generating a discussion about social responsibility and the responsibilities of a designer. 

British Science Week


British Science week is from 13th - 22nd March and is a celebration of STEM. Why not muscle in on the act and get your science department to acknowledge the part that D&T plays in STEM? To find out more visit and

Focus on Food - A really useful free infographic on statistics in the Food industry (via Kati Wilson & Hayley Wincott on the Food Teacher’s Centre Facebook group) Gates Gastronaut You Tube channel (via Louise Davies on the Food Teacher’s Centre Facebook group) - BBC Gastro Lab video clips (via Louise Davies as above) - BBC clips on the Secret Life of Our Favourite Ingredients (via Louise Davies as above)

Ofsted are adding a new section into the September 2015 framework that will prioritise health and healthy eating and, for the first time, inspectors will look at the extent to which schools are successfully supporting pupils to gain knowledge on how to keep themselves healthy, including exercise and healthy eating. Take a look at this letter which gives some initial details Pass the letter onto your head so they know how important Food is in the new Ofsted agenda! (via Louise Davies as above)

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T (Wed 13 May, York & Fri 3 July, London)

Focus on T&L & Leadership:  For all D&T teachers (& other subjects too!)

Moving onto Pastures New

The next few months are the most popular time of year for job hunting so here are a few links that might help you top up your CVs, and application and interview skills:

Applying for jobs: general information - Comprehensive booklet by Edge Hill University on applying for a job – aimed at NQTs but relevant to other applicants (includes CV, letter of application) - TES advice on applications & letters - TES ultimate Job Seeking Guide for Teachers. You will need to log in to the TES site to access this but it is free to join and the resource is excellent and comprehensive information on all areas of interviews. - 4 videos on different aspects of applying for a job (NQT advice, personal statements, demonstration lessons & applying for headship)

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Interview tips

Leadership roles - example interview questions - example interview questions - example interview questions - video on going for a senior leadership post - video on going for a middle leadership post - video on going for a middle leader interview post

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Boys do Textiles Too!


Those of you who know a little bit about me know one of my big passions in textiles is challenging the stereotypes that exist about the subject, including the idea that textiles isn’t for boys. 

It is therefore great to see the guys doing so well on The Great British Sewing Bee programme, as well as seeing the show in general having a better balance of ‘boy friendly’ projects. 

Four of the ten competitors are male this year, which is double the number of any previous year. Three have got through to the semi final, with the likelihood that at least one will be in the final. I’m rooting for Neil as he has produced some high quality work, as well as showing innovation and creativity. As a soldier he is also a perfect role model to show that it’s okay for men to sew!

Whilst the programme is in the news it is a good idea to use it to raise the profile of men who sew. Patrick Grant, who with May Martin fronts the programme, started his career in science and engineering so he is a perfect positive role model that breaks boundaries. Find out more about him at

Take a look at his Grant’s business ventures: - award winning high fashion brand - Hammond & Co which is collaboration with Debenhams - Saville Row tailoring 

As well as the usual male designers (e.g. Paul Smith, Wayne Hemingway, Tom Ford to name a few) check out these male designers in other areas of textiles: - Mr X Stitch, UK contemporary embroiderer, Jamie Chalmers - Kaffe Fassett, knitwear designer, embroidery, patchwork - It is now increasingly the norm - and cool - for men to be interested in fashion. This video talks about the new generation of men who aren’t afraid to be interested in fashion, and who in particular want to wear something different (the voice over is a little irritating though!)

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Some of the increase in interest in male fashion has been inspired by our celebrity culture. If your boys aren’t interested in everyday male fashion get them engaged with some high tech fashion such as the suit made of reflective 3M fabric that Pharell Williams wore to the Grammys or the anti paparazzi range by Chris Holmes (both of which are also great for the AQA pre-release paper theme too)

If you want tips on working with boys visit

Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

GCSE Textiles Revision: Preparing for the Written Exam (Mon 9 Mar, Nottingham & Tues 26 May, Nottingham) LAST CHANCE TO BOOK 9th MARCH

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles (Tues 21 April, London)

Basic Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners (Fri 24 April, Nottingham)

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (Thurs 7 May, Nottingham)

KS3 Textiles: Planning an Outstanding & Engaging Curriculum (Mon 18 May, Nottingham)

Basic & More Advanced E-Textiles (Including Basic Programming) (Sat 6 June, Nottingham)

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 (Tues 9 June, York)

STEM in Textiles: Using Maths to Inspire & Develop Your Textiles Curriculum (Mon 29 June, Nottingham)

Introduction to A level Textiles (Thurs 2 July, London)

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum (Mon 6 July, Nottingham)

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners (Wed 8th July, Nottingham)

The Textiles Teacher Event (Sat 3 October, Nottingham)

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2 images this week: This is the dress that caused all the fuss about whether it was black and blue or white and gold. More importantly, what is technique called between the layers of lace? (the image on the right shows the white version of the dress, not a trick of the camera!)

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