Designed & Made in Britain, thinking globally, & venue details for The Textiles Teacher Event

Things are really busy at the moment with lots of courses being delivered and planned.  Apologies for any delays in replying to queries but there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes! 

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In particular The Textiles Teacher Event is taking place in just over a week so finalising the arrangements is keeping me busy. The final judging of my competition has also been taking place so keep an eye on your emails if you entered as some of you will be getting some good news over the next couple of days! Details of winners and photos of some of the entries will be on the website soon. 

I have also been getting a new course ready to add to the calendar based on a request from a teacher. The course is an A level Product Design Textiles course focusing on exam technique and it will take place on 7th December in Nottingham. Dont forget if you would like a course to be considered for adding to the calendar email julie@julieboyd.co.uk


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#ThinkDo

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. Find out more at http://goo.gl/l871ZW

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#ThinkDo #Inspiration What has influenced the design of this product? What would you design?

 

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

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This week’s Facebook updates have included: 

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Designed & Made in Britain…?

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The D&T Association has launched a campaign called ‘Designed and Made in Britain…?’ to highlight the fact that D&T is critical to the UK’s future success. D&TA list one of the key elements of this campaign being about teachers playing their role by ‘taking every opportunity to publicise D&T and related careers, to parents, school management (including governors) and employers’. 

With this in mind it was with interest that I saw photos of a display that Marie Cook, a D&T teacher from Shoeburyness High School in Essex, has createdFilling a number of display boards, it is a fabulous permanent reminder to everyone that D&T is more than just about making products in school, and is an essential and diverse industry that makes a massive contribution to the UK’s standing across the world. Marie’s displays are an excellent example of showcasing both D&T and British design to pupils, parents, staff and the wider community. These types of displays help people understand what D&T is in the wider world and therefore help them value our subject more. They also dispel many of the myths that surround British design and manufacturing showing it to be the important industry it is.  

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Click here to see Marie’s photos on my Featured Schools page

Find out more about the ‘Design & Made in Britain…?' campaign at https://www.data.org.uk/campaign 

Why not start kick start your own display by setting a homework based on this theme. Here are some links to get you started:

http://makeitbritish.co.uk - great source of information on British brands and manufacturing 

http://www.great-british-designs.co.uk - products designed & made in the UK

http://goo.gl/6ITJUP - 25 great British designs

http://goo.gl/WrTKpb - article on 10 British product designers you should know

http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/node/3731 - 70 rising stars that the Design Council thinks represents the future of British Design


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 
Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 5 places left

New KS3 & KS4 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
6th Nov, WATFORD  7 places left

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
9th Nov, Nottingham (note change of date) 5 places left

A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York. Although this is a textiles biased course it may also be on interest to non specialists (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

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 julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 



Focus on T&L & Leadership

Thinking Globally 

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Much of the focus of this week’s blog is on the British design and manufacturing but this section of the blog considers the wider global dimension. I mentioned the world’s largest lesson in a previous blog. This aims to  raise awareness of global goals for sustainable development and as well as resources suitable for use across a range of subjects, including D&T, the website has resources that are useful for assemblies and tutor time. 

Another useful resource is the Global Dimension website which considers complex global issues and how they link to the lives of ordinary people. The site aims to help young people in particular understand their responsibilities as citizens of a wider global community. Just like the world’s biggest lesson website there are resources for a wide range of subjects, including D&T, as well as resources useful for tutor time. 



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

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British Textiles

Continuing on the Designed & Made in Britain….? theme here are some useful links that are just textiles related:

www.paulsmith.co.uk

www.viviennewestwood.com

http://goo.gl/AOMRyH - British brands worn by Kate Middleton 

https://uk.burberry.com - iconic British brand Burberry

http://goo.gl/5HJ3GI - 20 British interior designers

http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com - young British fashion designers

http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/Highlights - London Fashion Week finished this week, take a look at the highlights


Booked on The Textiles Teacher Event? Did You Get the Venue Details?

The Textiles Teacher Event is just over a week away! All 40 places have now gone but you can email me if you would like to be added to the reserves list. 

Information on how to get to the venue along with timings of the day etc. were emailed to delegates last week. If you haven't received the email check your spam / junk folders and if you still can't find it contact me and I will resend the information. 

You can also find details on how to get to the venue at http://goo.gl/QiNZ21. The things delegates need need to know about the day are:

  • There are 40 delegate, plus a separate event at the venue with the UK launch of a new Husqvarna Viking sewing machine, so allow plenty of time to park as it may be busy
  • The day starts at 10.30 promptly and ends at 3.15pm although if you wish to stay a little longer to ask questions you will be able to
  • Please bring some lunch with you. Tea & coffee will be available but note that with lots of delegates you may find it easier to bring a drink with you
  • You might find it useful to have a camera and notebook with you
  • You will take away a goodie bag which includes eleven A2 sized posters (which will be rolled up) so be prepared to carry these home
  • We will be using the large classroom space upstairs in the venue. Downstairs there is a large sewing shop so you might want to allow time in your day to browse. Delegates get 10% discount in the shop on the day of the event. 


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: Preparing for the Written Exam LAST DAY TO BOOK 28th September, Nottingham    2 places left

The Textiles Teacher Event  Sat 3 October, Nottingham Sold out

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   2 places left
8th October, Watford

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners   NEW DATE & VENUE

3rd November, Nottingham

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 13 & 14 November (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free.

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 
NEW COURSE

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

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 11 & 12 December, (2 day course), FREE COURSE! STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website - look for info on the Enthuse bursary to attend the course for free)

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 julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 



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