New GCSE & A Level qualifications for D&T, famous failures, & end of term textiles clips

More of you break up this Friday but the blog will continue until 24th July as I know some of you don’t finish until then. After that it will take a break over the summer. Don’t forget you can still get regular D&T updates and freebies over the summer by following my Facebook page. Just ‘like’ the page to see D&T updates most days. I am planning a new resource giveaway in the next few weeks so sign up to avoid missing out as there will be no blog to let you know when it has been released. 

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The last of my courses for this academic year take place this week although there are a couple during the holiday on textiles practical skills. These have proven very popular and the one on 19th August is fully booked. If you are interested in an additional date being added over the summer holiday let me know.  

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Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

#ThinkDo #Revision Infographic on a London Tube seat. What might have been London Underground’s brief to the designer? What might the specification for the fabric be?

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

Information On The New AQA GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

This week there was a webinar on the new AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification. This gives a useful and detailed outline of what Food teachers will be teaching from September 2016. The recording of the webinar can be viewed at 

On a less positive note the DfE has released the draft A level proposals and they have made the decision that there will be no A level for Food which is very disappointing indeed. 

I recommend that Food teachers become members of the Food Teachers Centre group on Facebook as well as visiting the website and signing up for the newsletter. This will keep you up to date with all the developments and provide you with all the links and information you need including information on alternatives courses for Post 16. This also includes information on the new Ofsted framework and the School Food Plan and what schools need to do to be prepared. 

A Challenging Time for D&T

If you weren’t able to get to the D&TA Summer School event last week you can see the presentation by Diana Choulerton, the lead Ofsted inspector for D&T, at the following link It makes for sober reading but goes some way to explaining why the new D&T GCSE is changing the way it is. 

If you haven’t yet seen the draft D&T GCSE document you can find it at  . Remember at this stage it is still a draft and you are able to comment on it until 24th August (information is at the above link). 

You can read comments on the draft GCSE document by the D&T Association including a quick summary of key points at

Just hot off the press is also the draft proposals for A Level D&T. As mentioned in the information above Food will no longer be available at A level. To see the full proposals for the A level and to have your chance to have your say on the consultation visit 

See the response from D&TA about the A level changes, including a very brief outline of the changes at

All of the changes ahead are daunting but it is important to bear in mind that we will only really know what the real implications are at GCSE and A level when the exam boards write their specifications. Departments are therefore advised not to make any drastic decisions based on hearsay and rumour (which seems to be rife at the moment!). I have spoken to a representative of one exam board for the GCSE, for example, who says, whilst there will need to be some changes, much of what we currently do, including practical making tasks, will be able to continue. Only time will tell if that is the case. 

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 

Get Your D&T Department From Good to Outstanding
24th Nov, Nottingham NEW COURSE

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

Famous Failures 

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If you are one of the unlucky teachers who still has another week to go, and you are looking for things to use in tutor time, try this short video on famous failures. With the theme of 'If you’ve never failed you’ve never tried anything new' this video might also be an inspirational start for the beginning of the new academic year. Visit (via @SLT_Kat)

Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

Something Fun for the End of Term - brilliant short video on 100 years of fashion and dance (via Kay Lilleyman on the Textile Teachers Centre) 

L knitting - excellent 1 minute video via Heather Boult on the Textiles Teachers Centre that explains knitting really well and which would be really easy to replicate in the classroom (although I am not sure why they are dressed the way they are!)

Free Costume Society Articles


If you have already broken up for the summer and have a bit of time to do some reading take a look at this costume journal website that has free access to 50 articles for all of July. Costume is the journal of the Costume Society which does research into historic and contemporary dress so if you or your students are interested in costume design this limited offer might be of interest. It takes a while to wade through the articles to find the free ones, and they are quite high end in their content but there are some interesting articles. Visit before the end of July.

Industrial Lockstitch Machines Looking For a Good Home

Foxford School in Coventry have 2 industrial lockstitch machines that are looking for a good home to anyone who can pick them up. I had one in my classroom which A level students often used and its a great way of showing industrial practice. If you are interested please contact Rod Moore at


One Week to the Closing Date of my Competition! 

There is just over a week left to get your entries in for my textiles competition and there's still time to get some last minute entries made. I have had some excellent entries over the last few days especially from year 7s who are really challenging the older pupils in terms of quality and creativity. 

Please make sure all entries are well packaged as some are arriving very battered and ripped. If you are using an ordinary envelope I recommend you put lots of tape around it to strengthen the package. I also recommend using 'Guaranteed Next Day Delivery' from the Post Office as they are more careful with the parcels and it is less likely to get lost (that's a quote from my local Post Office!). More information at

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

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

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  19th August, Nottingham DATE IS NOW FULL. CONTACT ME IF YOU'D LIKE AN ADDITIONAL DATE ADDING IN THE SUMMER HOLS. 
22nd September, Nottingham 

Textiles Practical Skills: Higher Level Skills to Maximise Progression at KS4 & 5 (Advanced course) 20th August, Nottingham SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE

The Textiles Teacher Event 

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

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

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

STEM in Textiles & E-textiles


If you interested in STEM in Textiles and E-textiles take a look at the courses in November and December that I am running at the National Science Learning Centre in York. These are 2 day courses that require an overnight stay (Friday & Saturday). Course fees & accommodation costs can be covered by applying for a bursary. Note these are not my own courses and are booked via the NSLC website. All information on the courses and bursary can be found at the links below:

For STEM in Textiles visit

For E-textiles visit

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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