Curriculum consultation, tutor time resource, growth in the textiles industry, & courses for the Autumn term

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The blog starts again this week after a break over the holiday. I hope everyone had a great summer break and that whether your school year has already started, or whether you still have a few more days, that your new term gets off to a good start. 

Although this is my first official blog of the term I actually wrote one during the holiday. Titled ‘My D&T Journey’ it was originally intended as a short reflective activity more for myself as a way of looking back over the year, especially when the pace of change in education is so fast at the moment. Unintentionally it turned out to be one of my longest blogs, and one of the most read. See it here.

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If you are signed up to my Facebook and Twitter pages you will have seen that I have continued to post lots of resources over the break including one of my Facebook limited offer free resources (a PowerPoint with 35 #ThinkDo activities). This offer is now over so if you missed it make sure you ‘like’ my Facebook page to be notified of future offers. 

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If you are looking for a course for the new term take a look at my course calendar. Don’t forget that if a course you want is not listed additional courses can be added at no extra cost so email me at What makes my courses different from other providers is that most are for 1-8 delegates with the aim of giving a very personalised experience where you get individual attention focused on the needs of your school. All courses also include extensive resources ready to use immediately in the classroom. Courses coming up include several textiles courses (developing practical skills, GCSE revision, e-textiles, & A level) as well as whole D&T courses on 3D printing, the KS3 & 4 curriculum and electronics. Click here to see the course calendar or scroll down to see lists of course titles. 

Free ResourcesImages, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced 


Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at

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#ThinkDo #Product Skateboard chair. What would you design?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 
See #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook

Did you see my Facebook page over the holiday?

My Facebook updates over the summer holiday have included: 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Curriculum Consultation

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The consultation for the proposed GCSE D&T qualification starting in 2017 ended at the end of August but the A level one is still open until September 24th. It is important for as many D&T teachers as possible to have their say as part of the consultation whether it be to indicate you like the content or otherwise. We have no right to moan about what we end up with if we don’t contribute to the discussion. 

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As a D&T community it is particularly important we support food colleagues to challenge the removal of food at A level.  This will make it the only National Curriculum subject without an A level qualification, which is something that greatly reduces the choices students have at post 16.

You don’t have to write much or say anything clever to fill in the form, just give your thoughts on the changes. Why not discuss things as a department and submit a joint response if you don’t want to do a personal one? The proposed changes are in the document and there is a link at the end of it for your online response.

Visit and scroll down to find the D&T document. You can also see a brief outline of the changes by D&TA


If you want to do a more detailed response linked to food the Food Teachers Centre Facebook group has useful information you can use to help you (you have to be a member to access the resources).

Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

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

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, Watford 

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date)

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email for more details. 

Focus on T&L & Leadership

Looking for something for tutor time? 

This short video by spoken word artist & poet, Suli Breaks, is great for using with your tutor group at the beginning of the new academic year. Titled ‘Friends’ it is about having ‘friends with benefits’. In other words those who add to your life rather than subtracting from it. Suli describes this as people who help you grow, who add to your identity, and who benefit you emotionally, spiritually and mentally. 

The piece also reflects on how friends can influence you both negatively and positively, something particularly important to the success of the young people we teach. Suli says that at the end of the day, the only ones you can call true friends are those that make a difference in a positive way. 

The piece is short, but nevertheless very powerful, with some clever and thought provoking wording. It is relevant to all ages but, as a young male, Suli is a great role model that younger generations can relate to. Watch the video first as there is one swear word in it you should be aware of. 

Suli has other spoken word pieces and is known for his inspirational poetry, spoken word and speaking.   

See the ‘Friends’ video at

Visit the Suli Breaks website at 

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Growth in the Textiles Industry 

Let's start the new term reminding everyone how important textiles is on the curriculum! This article about a Derbyshire company who are setting up their own sewing school to meet the demand for textiles jobs they can't fill illustrates the current concerns about the increasing number of vacancies that can’t be filled in the industry

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Textiles is not a dying industry and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise! If you want more information on this & the growth in jobs, especially those within technical textiles, along with other facts & figures on the industry, take a look at The Alliance Report written by New Economy. A summary can be found on my website, along with other articles that help others understand the industry better

The Textiles Teacher Event

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The Textiles Teacher Event is the biggest (and cheapest!) course I run and with a month to go there are just 6 tickets left out of 32. If there is sufficient demand I am looking into the possibility of releasing another additional 10 tickets if I can get space at the venue. There is no guarantee of these extra tickets so if you want to be sure of a place book your ticket as soon as possible. Don’t forget that every delegate who attends on the day gets a free set of 11 technical textiles posters worth £36 as well as other freebies. Click here to find out more about the event and how to book. 

FREE Courses at the STEM Centre

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As well as my own courses I am running courses for the STEM Centre in York on Technical Textiles, as well as a course on E-textiles and basic programming. Note that although the e-textiles course is a textiles course it may be relevant to anyone interested in developing their knowledge and skills for covering the electronics element at KS3. Both courses are unusual in that they are a 2 day event, including an overnight stopover and a Saturday, but THE COURSE AND ACCOMMODATION IS ALL PROVIDED FOR FREE! All you have to do is fill in a form to apply for an Enthuse bursary. 

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 13 & 14th November. This course will also run on 1st & 2nd July 2016. Click here for details on the 2016 course. 

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming 11th & 12th December 

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

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham   Only 3 places left

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
28th September, Nottingham

The Textiles Teacher Event   Only 6 places left

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
8th October, Watford   Only 3 places left

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
Mon 12th Oct, Nottingham 

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3  16th October, Nottingham 

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

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Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom 
1 & 2 July 2016, 
(2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website)

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email for more details. 

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