Free engineering posters, Design Museum competition, & raising the profile of textiles

Last weekend we had a great time at the STEM Centre in York working with a group of textiles teachers learning about technical textiles. The two day course included a fabulous visit to Leeds university and loads of hands on practical activities in the science lab. And it was all for FREE! Delegates were able to apply for an Enthuse bursary which paid for both the course and accommodation costs. This course will take place again on 1st and 2nd July 2016. For more information visit https://goo.gl/g1pLHw and to see photos from the two days by visiting http://on.fb.me/1QQ9Cs5

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Don’t forget there is also a FREE course on e-textiles and basic programming coming up on 11th and 12th December at the STEM Centre. Although the focus is e-textiles the course might also be of interest to anyone interested in learning about teaching the electronics and programming elements of the KS3 curriculum. For more information visit https://goo.gl/FkVPF8


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#ThinkDo

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

 Thermochromic beer can

#ThinkDo #Revision The mountains on this can change colour when the can is cold. What keywords might be used to describe this?

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This week’s Facebook updates have included: 


Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Free Engineering Posters

RAE Engineering posters

If you are looking for something to promote D&T, whether it be as part of option evenings or open days, or just as part of a general display to raise the profile of D&T, take a look at these free A1 engineering posters. They cover a range of D&T material areas. Visit http://goo.gl/FF1obo




Design Museum Competition 

Design museum

Competitions are a great way of motivating students, and they can also be a good way of raising the profile of D&T, whether entries are winners or not. The Design Museum currently has a competition with two age categories; 14-16 and 17-19 and the brief is ‘Changing lives: Travel migration and mobility’. Students have to submit three A3 design sheets that cover visual research, initial ideas and design development, and a final concept. Even if you decide not to enter students into the competition the brief is a useful focus to set as an classroom activity or homework. For more information on the competition and the brief visit https://goo.gl/d9FGsT (closing date 15th January 2016)


D&T: A Subject Worth Fighting For! 

At the moment it feels like there is always some sort of campaign or consultation going on and it can feel overwhelming when we are being asked to fill in various forms and petitions. It is important, however, that we don’t just sit back and ignore them. I know many people feel their voice doesn’t make a difference but it often does when people work together as a group. Also, we should celebrate the fact that we are able voice our opinions, and if we don’t voice our thoughts we shouldn’t moan if we get something we don’t like!

EBacc
  • Take a look at the consultation document for the EBacc and submit your views (closing date 29th January 2016) https://goo.gl/CN8GQG. Remember you don’t have to fill in the whole form and can just note down your overall concerns if you wish. 
  • If the impact of the EBacc concerns you sign the petition . This takes just seconds to do at http://www.baccforthefuture.com/sign-the-petition.html (see the D&T Association response to the EBacc at https://goo.gl/zYaAKv)
  • You might already have seen the D&T Association’s 'Designed and Made in Britain…?’ campaign, but if not, visit https://goo.gl/UGyjIV to find out more, and to find out what you can do to support the campaign. Your support could be something as simple as clicking on the ‘support the campaign button on the above link (which takes just seconds). Alternatively the pages lists other actions you can take including template letters to send to your MP. Why not consider doing this as a department?
Support the campaign


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

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A Beginners Guide to Electronics 5 places left
7 Dec Liverpool
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

Nominate A Colleague For An Award

L Sally Beeston's awards photo March 2015 Snapseed

Do you have a fantastic D&T colleague who deserves nominating for an award? Why not nominate them for a D&T Association Excellence Award? There are a range of categories and you don’t have to be a member of the Association to nominate or be nominated. It is an excellent way to recognise the work of a colleague as well as being a big boost to a department generally. I have nominated a number of colleagues over the last few years, some of whom have gone on to win an award, including Sally Beeston, from Groby Community College in Leicestershire, who was one of the winners from last year. It really is worth the effort and just to be nominated is a fantastic way of recognising someone’s hard work even if they aren’t selected as a winner. Visit https://goo.gl/By03Mi for more details.


Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Raising The Profile Of Textiles 

With lots of change on the horizon for all of D&T it is natural that teachers feel wary about what lies ahead. It is important that all D&T teachers focus on raising the profile of D&T and as textiles is my specialism this is something I am always particularly interested in. I have previously mentioned The Alliance Report which aims to showcase how the textiles industry is growing and that it is not the dying industry many perceive it as. This week I attended a free event organised by The Alliance Project and the National Careers Service at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, where the aim of the event was to start a discussion about how education and the textiles industry can work together. The plan is for other events will take place in the future so keep a look out for these in 2016 especially if you are in the Greater Manchester and Liverpool area where there will be a particular focus on events. Take a look at more pictures of the event at http://on.fb.me/1MXCKHS

Mosi Careers

One of the discussion points of the evening was the misconceptions about the textiles industry. This point is also reflected in a video shared by Jill Lesbirel on the Textile Teachers Centre Facebook group. The video by Vogue, featuring Alexa Chung, is an hour long but is also split into 6 shorter blocks. 

Vogue

As well as focusing on how the industry is perceived in the wrong way, it also mentions careers and job roles. It is very fashion focused, and there is limited information on newer technologies (and you should watch it first as there is a small amount of bad language) but it has a good, positive message. It includes people like Paul Smith saying there is more to fashion than just being a designer, along with lots of great male and female role models. To watch the video visit http://goo.gl/Fmjfvd

If you are looking for a course that focuses on raising the profile of textiles in school, including how textiles fits into the new KS4 curriculum, there is one on 9th 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

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique in A Level Product Design Textiles
7 Dec Nottingham 3 places left

Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
9 Dec, Nottingham 
5 places left

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)

An introduction to A level Product Design Textiles 

9th January 2016 10am - 4pm NEW SATURDAY COURSE

GCSE Textiles: Preparing for the Written Exam
27 January 2016, Liverpool 
12 March 2016, Nottingham NEW SATURDAY COURSE

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3 
6th February 2016, Nottingham 
NEW SATURDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
27 February 2016, Parsons Green, London NEW SATURDAY COURSE
Includes free set of 11 A2 posters on designing & making in textiles

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (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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