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We write a D&T blog most weeks during term time, as well as a newsletter around once or twice a half term. Sign up for the newsletter. Our Facebook page also includes regular news, updates and freebies. 

27th May 2021

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This Week’s Free Resource Downloads

Updates to our website this week include 4 new resources on designing for different contexts, and in particular the resources focus on designing for different indoor and outdoor spaces. 

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Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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Product in a Tin Competition (closing date 1/8/21)

It’s the final term to get your Product in a Tin competition entries in. Entries are accepted from years 5 - 11. The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

OUR CPD COURSES COMING UP THIS TERM
Look at the face to face, live online and distance learning options we offer. 

Live Online CPD 

Our live online curriculum planning  course is now available with more to follow. If you would like to be notified directly when other online course become available let us know

Live Face to Face CPD 

Look at the live face to face courses running this summer. Click on the images for more details.


Visit the course calendar to see dates for all live face to face and online courses

New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for updates. 

Distance Learning CPD Courses

Our distance learning CPD courses can be worked through at your own pace without the need for time out of school and without travel and accommodation costs. Watch out for other courses coming soon. Click on the image for more details. 

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29th April 2021

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New Distance Learning CPD

We’re developing our most popular face to face courses as online or distance learning versions as although some of our face to face courses have restarted we don’t know when we can return to our full programme. Also, we know the online and distance learning options may be a better option for those who find travelling or getting released from school difficult. Last week we released new dates for our live online curriculum planning and auditing course  and this week our ‘Mainly Metal’ distance learning course has been released (a snapshot of resources in this course is shown below) 

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As the ‘Mainly Metal’ course involves distance learning the time, place and pace of the course is flexible to suit each individual. The content is particularly designed for textiles specialists who feel less familiar and confident with learning on metals in the core content of the D&T GCSE and who are looking for ideas and activities to engage learners with an interest in textiles. The course shows how learning on metals is relevant to textiles with ideas and resources for creative hands on activities. The course includes electronic resources, along with material samples that illustrate some of the resource content, plus loose materials so participants can carry out some of the activities immediately. While stocks last the course also includes a free product that can be used for product analysis activities. 
Find out more.

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This Week’s Free Resource Downloads

The latest section on our website to get a tidy up is the ‘introduction to biomimicry’ page. Some of these resources were part of the series of resources we released for home schooling activities during the Covid lockdowns but this is the first time some of them have appeared on the website. 

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Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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  • Short video that might be useful for introducing planned obsolescence.
  • Interviews with several mixed media artist and textile artists on how they use sketchbooks
  • Degree Inclusive is a deodorant container designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind from its hook design that allows for it to be opened with one hand, the magnetic closures that make it easier to put the cap back on, the shape that makes it easier to grip, the braille labels, and the large applicator that reaches a bigger surface area in one application.
  • The importance of colours when designing RNLI lifeboats and crew uniform 


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Product in a Tin Competition

It’s the final term to get your Product in a Tin competition entries in! Entries are accepted from years 5 - 11. The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 


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OUR CPD COURSES COMING UP THIS TERM
Look at the face to face, live online and distance learning options we offer. 


Live Online CPD 

We're currently adapting some of our face to face courses so they can be delivered online or as independent distance learning modules. Our live online curriculum planning  course is now available with more to follow. If you would like to be notified directly when other online course become available let us know

Live Face to Face CPD 

A limited number of our live face to face courses have restarted including the latest addition to our course calendar which is our popular course on basic servicing and maintenance of sewing machines.


Visit the course calendar to see dates for all live face to face and online courses

New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for updates. 

Distance Learning CPD Courses

Our first distance learning CPD course titled Mainly Metal’ has been released and can be worked through at your own pace without the need for time out of school and without travel and accommodation costs. Watch out for others coming soon. 

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All resources including images, text & names, are the copyright of Boyd Education & can only be used by teachers in their classrooms, or by students as part of their studies. Resources must not be shared, sold, or used in any other way, without permission. 

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22nd April 2021

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New Course Dates Added to Our CPD Calendar

Intro to servicing & maintaining sewing machines

Over the Easter break we’ve finalised a date for our sewing machine maintenance and servicing face to face course which will be on July 6th in Nottingham. When the situation with the pandemic is less unpredictable we hope to run this course in other areas of the country but at the moment, as a very small business, we can’t risk the potential financial losses we incur if courses have to be cancelled. The engineer we work with on the course is based in Nottingham and has a very large workshop in the city centre set up to meet Covid restrictions, and he can be flexible if government regulations change, so for now this is the only way we can run the course cost effectively. Fingers crossed the situation is less unpredictable in the autumn term. 

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We’re in the process of developing live online and distance learning courses and this week have finalised dates for our live online curriculum planning course. This is available as either as a morning or afternoon half day session or as two separate after school sessions. 

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This Week’s Free Resource Downloads

After a break over Easter our weekly free resources have started up again. This week the ‘Introduction to Composites’ page on the website has been tidied up and some new resources added. 

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Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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  • Something for the Star Trek fans - a database of chairs used in Star Trek that were originally inspired by real life chairs, including chairs by designers such as Eames and Mackintosh, as well as an Ikea chair. There are also other collections e.g. uniform designs, medical equipment and Starfleet interiors.
  • Information on the ‘We aRe SpinDye’ dyeing process for recycled polyester made from used water bottles and waste clothing which H&M and Superdry have recently  committed to using to reduce the use of chemicals, water and energy.
  • Useful blog from Kitronik on bamboo.
  • Design idea for a book that opens up to create a vase.
  • Short video by a technical specialist from DuPont Personal Protection talking about the differences in seams used for protective clothing. Useful when thinking about performance properties of textiles products and the importance of making the right decision when choosing techniques to match the functionality of a product in use
  • Podcast with Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman whose background and experience goes across many material disciplines and she’s a great example of a designer working within the broader materials focus of the D&T GCSE. She is the founder of Interwoven Design Group, a multi-disciplinary design and development studio specialising in wearable technology and smart design solutions, something she describes as being ‘the bridge between fashion, engineering, materials science and product design’.  She’s also part of SEArch+ LLC (Space Exploration Architecture) which develops design for space exploration. 
  • Instructions on how to recover an umbrella - this might be useful for group projects with each student creating a personalised section of the umbrella. It's also a good entry point for thinking about properties of materials. 


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Product in a Tin Competition - Final Term to Submit Entries

This is the final term to get your Product in a Tin competition entries in (deadline 1st August 2021). Why not use it as a module of work or home learning activity? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources.

Live Online CPD For the Summer Term

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We're currently adapting some of our face to face courses so they can be delivered online or as independent distance learning modules. Our live online curriculum planning  course is now available with more to follow soon. If you would like to be notified directly when other online course become available let us know

Live Face to Face CPD For the Summer Term

Take a look at the live face to face courses running this summer, including the latest addition to our course calendar which is our popular course on basic servicing and maintenance of sewing machines.


Visit the 
course calendar to see dates for all live face to face and online courses

New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for updates. 

All resources including images, text & names, are the copyright of Boyd Education & can only be used by teachers in their classrooms, or by students as part of their studies. Resources must not be shared, sold, or used in any other way, without permission. 

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25th March 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

This is the last set of free resources for a couple of weeks over the Easter break but things will resume again after the holiday. This week it’s the turn of the technical textiles page to be updated with some new resources.  

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Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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  • World Water Day video on how space travel is influencing developments in water recycling.
  • Interesting development in conductive cellulose thread that researchers say could lead to e-textiles applications made from non-toxic, renewable and natural materials.
  • Central St. Martin’s graduate Alexandra Sipa’s 2020 collection called Romanian Camouflage was inspired by traditional Romanian lace making but instead of traditional yarns uses discarded electrical wires based on her experienced in Romania where waste is valued and used.
  • Amazing ‘knit prints’ by American artist Faith Humphrey Hill who combines knitting, digital design, drawing, printing and embroidery to create portraits of people and animals. 

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Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a home learning activty? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

Online and Distance Learning CPD Currently Being Planned

We're currently adapting some of our face to face courses so they can be delivered online or as independent distance learning modules. These will be released as they become available over the spring and summer term but if you would like to be notified directly when these become available let us know. These include:

  • Curriculum planning and auditing
  • Support for textiles specialists to deliver the core content learning on broader materials
  • Practical approaches to KS3 and the D&T GCSE core content
  • Electronics

Face to Face CPD Coming Up Soon

Take a look at the face to face courses running this spring and summer.  Details of online courses will also be released soon.

Click here to see the up to date course calendar. New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for course updates. 

All resources including images, text & names, are the copyright of Boyd Education & can only be used by teachers in their classrooms, or by students as part of their studies. Resources must not be shared, sold, or used in any other way, without permission. 

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18th March 20

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This week’s free resource downloads

This week’s updated page on the website is the ‘introduction to modern materials’. The four free resource downloads can also be used with the ones on smart materials released last week. Both of these pages also now have links to additional resources on smart and modern materials that we wrote for the National STEM Learning Centre. Click on the links above to see the updated pages. 

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  • World Water Day is Monday 22nd March and links on our Facebook page might be useful for prompting design thinking around how we use and value water in this country, and how that compares to the experience of others around the world, along with how D&T can contribute to some of the solutions to this problem.
  • Material testing even takes place on Mars! Great Q&A article with Amy Ross, an advanced spacesuit designer from NASA talking about how materials currently used in spacesuits are being tested on Mars as part of the Perseverance mission to see how they stand up to the environment, including dust, solar radiation and cosmic rays. 
  • Accessibility bathroom accessories by Shiro Studio that are a great example of inclusive design, showing that functional aids don’t have to be ugly. 
  • With single use polymer face masks creating a significant environmental impact a graphic designer from the Netherlands has designed a 100% biodegradable mask with flower seeds that attract bees embedded into rice paper along with cords made from wool or rafia. 

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Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a home learning activty? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

Online and Distance Learning CPD Currently Being Planned

We're currently adapting some of our face to face courses so they can be delivered online or as independent distance learning modules. These will be released as they become available over the spring and summer term but if you would like to be notified directly when these become available let us know. These include:

  • Curriculum planning and auditing
  • Support for textiles specialists to deliver the core content learning on broader materials
  • Practical approaches to KS3 and the D&T GCSE core content
  • Electronics

Face to Face CPD Coming Up Soon

Take a look at the face to face courses running this spring and summer.  Details of online courses will also be released soon.

Click here to see the up to date course calendar. New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for course updates. 

All resources including images, text & names, are the copyright of Boyd Education & can only be used by teachers in their classrooms, or by students as part of their studies. Resources must not be shared, sold, or used in any other way, without permission. 

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11th March 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

The ‘introduction to smart materials’  page is the latest to be updated on our website with free resources. This page also has a link to some free resources we wrote for the National STEM Learning Centre on smart materials (you might need to register to access the resources but registration is free). 

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  • The Museum of the Home’s online collections library has an archive of a range of products for the home that might be a useful research resource. The website also has some learning activities. 
  • Portable wind turbine that is easy to assemble and that works in low wind conditions and which might have applications in camping and other contexts where access to power is limited.
  • Short video on design ethics and companies who copy the designs of others - in particular the video shows a photography bag copied by Amazon and sold at a much cheaper price.
  • Scheme of learning and resources for a KS3 module on design thinking linked to climate change, including links mapped to the 17 Global Goals for sustainability. Although it’s planned as a longer module of work this could be adapted for a shorter activity as well as being a good starting point for ideas on planning your own activities.  
  • Video on the Nike Vaporfly running shoe which is described by some as ‘mechanical’ or ‘technology’ doping as it’s claimed they give users and unfair advantage and should be banned. 
  • Several links related to International Women’s Day which are useful for any time of the year. Links include a video of women talking about their careers in engineering (they refer to science a lot but much of what they do in their roles in just as relevant to D&T), along with an article on 10 women from history who fought for a better future
  • The history of the pocket.

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Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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Product in a Tin Competition

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Online and Distance Learning CPD Currently Being Planned

We're currently adapting some of our face to face courses so they can be delivered online or as independent distance learning modules. These will be released as they become available over the spring and summer term but if you would like to be notified directly when these become available let us know. These include:

  • Curriculum planning and auditing
  • Support for textiles specialists to deliver the core content learning on broader materials
  • Practical approaches to KS3 and the D&T GCSE core content
  • Electronics

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Face to Face CPD Coming Up Soon

Take a look at the face to face courses running this spring and summer.  

Click here to see the up to date course calendar. New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for course updates. 

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4th March 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

This week’s website updates continue last week’s textiles theme with 5 resources on textiles fabric construction. As with the previous resources over the last few weeks on timber, metals, polymerspaper and board  and textiles fibres the resources are designed for the core content of the D&T GCSE as well as many also being suitable for KS3. Download the fabric construction resources. 

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  • Link to the latest update from CLEAPSS on practical work during the pandemic.
  • Useful student friendly infographic on how GCSE's and A levels will be graded.
  • How street artists levitate - something fun to get your students thinking you can do magic! 
  • Folding chair design based on an umbrella design. Interesting idea to use as a starting point to get students thinking about how everyday products can inspire new ideas 
  • Resources from the Marks and Spencer archive museum on fibres, fabrics, fashion. Although some resources are targeted at other key stages and subjects many are a good starting point for ideas for KS3 and 4 D&T. The archive catalogue is also a good research tool for students to use.
  • Video where designer Laduma Ngxokolo talks about Maxhos Africa, a South African men’s and women’s knitwear brand that incorporates traditional Xhosa beadwork patterns, symbolism and colours.
  • Introduce International Women’s Day on March 8th by talking about inventions and products designed by women.
  • Video on cotton that compares Fairtrade and non Fairtrade cotton, including how cotton is grown, processed and manufactured into products 
  • This article is more suitable for A level students and teachers to read than younger students but it’s useful for gathering information on the importance of non woven textiles materials in the development of electric and hybrid vehicles and great for showing an example of high tech uses of textiles. Non woven are currently used in a range of areas in vehicles including backings on seating materials, roof linings and carpets, as well as in boot liners, speaker covers and in filter systems. By increasing the use of non wovens to replace other materials in EV vehicles the weight of a vehicle can be reduced which increases efficiency e.g. in wheel well liners, airfoils, battery casings, sound proofing

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Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a home learning activty? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

CPD Coming Up Soon

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25th February 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

The ‘introduction to textiles fibres’ page is the latest to be updated on the website. It now includes 5 free downloads, all following a similar theme to the ones released in previous weeks on timbers, metals, polymers and paper and board. There will be a second set of textiles related resources next week looking in more detail at textiles fabric construction. The resources are aimed at KS3 and the core content of the D&T GSE but might also be suitable for other qualifications. 

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  • Link to the DfE confirmation that GCSE & A level results will be teacher assessed grades
  • Article about how the pandemic has impacted on the shortage of cardboard because of the increase in online shopping, along with the lack of waste materials from offices and shops that would normally be used for recycled cardboard, plus the impact of Brexit on supply chains. The article considers innovative alternatives, as well as thoughts on how sustainable cardboard actually is. 
  • Video on Fairtrade footballs that's a great introduction to Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • The Nendo key which is a great way to introduce students to rethinking the design of common objects.
  • Bottletop, a luxury UK sustainable fashion brand that uses up cycled bottle tops and metal ring pulls to create chain mail fabric which is combined with sustainable leather and textiles and made into bags, accessories and jewellery. 

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Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a home learning activty? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

CPD Coming Up Soon

Take a look at the face to face courses running this spring and summer.  Details of online courses will also be released soon.

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19th February 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

The latest ‘Let’s Learn’ page on the website that’s been updated is the ‘introduction to paper and board. The page now includes 6 free to download resources which follow a similar format to the ones previously released on timbers, metals and polymers. A couple of typos on previous uploads have also now been corrected. Resources following a similar format for textiles will be the next one to be updated so look out for this next week.  Visit the 'introduction to paper and board' page.

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  • Instruction video by UK based company Mosevic on making denim and resin composite sunglasses
  • Finalist in the 2021 Lexus Design Award based on the theme of ‘designing for a better tomorrow’ - a skylight that uses solar energy to desalinate water ready for drinking with the residual brine from the process powers lighting.  This example, along with entries from other finalists, might be a nice introduction to get students thinking about what they might design based on the theme ‘designing for a better tomorrow’.
  • Article with some interesting packaging ideas for takeaway boxes and reusable lunch 
  • Link to a profile of Ann Cole Lowe who was one of the first African couturiers working in high fashion (although some of her work went uncredited). Her work included the elaborate wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier when she married John F Kennedy.
  • Links to information on ‘crafivism’ including designers and a t.v. programme by BBC 4 which might inspire some home learning activities. 
  • Nairobi social enterprise Gjenge Makers Ltd who make paving bricks out of waste plastic and who won the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Young Champions of the Earth award for 2020
  • Link to a video compilation of product designs that cut back on plastic, reduce waste & support a more sustainable world
  • Bode menswear brand who break the mould for what traditional menswear looks like as well as how it is designed. Designs, fabric choices, and deocration are heavily influenced by historical styling and traditional techniques such as quilting, mending, appliqué. The Bode website is an excellent source of inspiration especially as each tailor made garment lists its inspiration.


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Product in a Tin Competition

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CPD Coming Up Soon

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4th February 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

For this week’s website update we’ve been focusing on polymers and 6 free downloads have been added to the ‘introduction to polymers' page, most of which have only been available previously via our courses. The resources follow a similar format to the ones on timbers and metals from the previous 2 weeks. They are designed to support the KS3 curriculum as well as the core content of the D&T GCSE, but they are likely to support other qualifications as well. There will be resources on paper and board and textiles to follow over the next few weeks. Follow our Facebook page or sign up to our D&T newsletter to make sure you know when new resources are released. 

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  • Link to a collaboration between the D&T Association and Untitled where students can work on live briefs - this might be useful as a home learning activity
  • Resource download from Kitronik that might be useful for home learning and which is a good example of how maths is used in electronics
  • Information on conductive PLA for use with a 3D printer, including an Instructables resource on using Tinkercad to create a product with the filament.
  • Article on reducing aerodynamic drag when designing products for cycling 
  • Link to a free one hour online Zoom chat run by Dawn Foxall and Nicky Simpson from the Textile Teachers Centre and Textiles Skills Academy on Wednesday 10th Feb at 4pm. Nicky will be doing a presentation with ideas for home learning and Paul and I will be there to answer any queries linked to textiles from a D&T GCSE perspective. 

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Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a home learning activty? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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CPD Coming Up Soon

Take a look at the face to face courses running this spring and summer.  Details of online courses will also be released soon.

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28th January 2021

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This week’s free resource downloads

Each week we’re aiming to update a page on our website with free resource downloads. Over time this will provide a wide range of resources that can be used in different ways in the classroom e.g. lesson activities, home learning, spaced and retrieval practice activities. Many of these downloads have only previously been available on our courses. The resources were originally designed to support KS3 D&T as well as the D&T GCSE (England) but they are likely to support a range of other qualifications. 

Timber

Last week we updated the ‘introduction to timber/wood’ page and this is one of a series of pages on materials we will be adding to over the next few weeks.

This week’s updated page is the ‘introduction to metals’ with 7 resource downloads which follow a similar format to timber resources from last week. 

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  • Concept design for a prosthetic that grows with a child
  • Links to the Oak National Academy home learning resources that have been released this week, along with resources from the ECR Circular Fashion Education Foundation 
  • The D&T Association's response to the DfE consultation on how GCSE and A level grades should be awarded this summer. 
  • Link to the latest update of the CLEAPSS guidance for D&T during the pandemic with changes on washing equipment and the use of dishwashers
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Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a home learning activty? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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CPD Coming Up Soon

Take a look at the face to face courses running in late spring and summer. These courses are run on behalf of the National STEM Learning Centre and bursary funding is available to cover part of the course fee and for accommodation. Details of online courses will also be released soon.

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20th January 2021

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Paul and I wish you a belated happy new year and hope this blog finds you well during what we know is a challenging time for everyone.

What we’ve been up to over the last year

Like most people the last year hasn’t quite gone as we planned! All our usual face to face training and other work has been cancelled for the last year, with no sign of when we might be able to start up again, and we had to make the difficult decision to stop all of the free work we normally do in order to focus on identifying other sources of income. That’s why there's been no blogs or newsletters, very few social media posts and no new free resources such as our TechDoodles and #ThinkDo cards.

In addition to the work situation, we moved house from Nottingham to New Brighton on the Wirral two weeks before the first lockdown. Not the best timing, especially as our new house needs a big refurbishment and most of our stuff went into storage, so when lockdown hit we had hardly any furniture and only a week’s worth of food and clothes!

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The last year has been chaotic at times, especially as we’re now having to try and do as much of the refurbishment as we can ourselves.  Online training and meetings have been carefully delivered to hide the chaos around us but finally getting central heating just before Christmas at least means we are warm! Our saving grace has been the fact our new house is 8 minutes walk from the beach, something that has helped keep us sane. 

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What next?

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To be honest we’re not totally sure where things will go from here. Like many of us, we’ve learnt not to plan too far ahead and to just go with the flow. Before Covid we’d been investigating online courses and distance learning but the pandemic made those plans a reality sooner than we expected! After the success of the ones we did in 2020 we’re working on developing more online training and distance learning modules and more details on these will be released as they become available. 

The last year has taught us we need to streamline our systems, particularly as much of the work we do is unpaid e.g. the website and our free resources. We want to work a little ’smarter’ you’ll see a few changes in how we work compared to in the past but we’re still aiming to provide as much free support as we can. 

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Developing the website

Our website is constantly growing and will be one of our main focus areas moving forward. There will be less focus on our free #ThinkDo cards and TechDoodle resources (they’re still part of the plan so don’t worry they’re not going anywhere) and instead we’ll focus on updating a couple of pages on the website each week, including adding a lot of our resources that have only previously been available through our courses. As this is unpaid work updating the website has to be done over time so there’s a long journey ahead! To get things started we’ve updated the ‘timbers’ section of the ‘materials and components' folder. In particular, the ‘Introduction to timbers’ page has new downloads that have only previously been available on our courses. 

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The blog and newsletter

Our blog and newsletter will continue but in a more slimmed down version mostly sharing links to updated pages on our website and new resources, along with course information. Our social media platforms such as Facebook will be more focused on daily D&T news and updates so follow the page if you want to see regular updates - don’t forget it’s an open business page so you don’t need a Facebook account in order to access the page.  Recent links on Facebook include:

  • Links to various other home learning resources by various organisations
  • Recent information released by JCQ on the completion of the NEA
  • An extensive range of free #ThinkDo and Techdoodle resources that were released at the beginning of the pandemic and which are still available to download
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Our Product in a Tin competition

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It was a challenge finalising the Product in a Tin competition in 2020 because so many entries didn’t have the appropriate paperwork because of school closures. Teachers and students had clearly worked so hard and we didn’t want their work to go to waste so all entries were transferred over to 2021 to give us time to get the paperwork sorted. The competition continues for this year and the changes to entry rules we introduced in 2020 because of Covid will continue (including allowing design only and photo entries although these can’t win the main prizes). The competition was very popular in 2020 as a home learning activity and it was interesting to see how many entries used materials easily found at home to develop their idea. The competition is open to years 5 - 11. Find out more. 

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Our CPD courses

Hopefully at some point we will be able to return to our face to face courses but Covid has accelerated our plans for online and distance learning. The dates are still being planned but information will be released soon. We have several face to face courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in the spring and summer 2021 but only time will tell if they are able to run. See all current course details. 

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Thank you for your support

thank-you-2204270  340Thank you to those of you who have made donations to our work over the last few months, either by choosing to pay for the ‘pay what you want resources’  or by using our ‘donate’ page. These have been challenging times for our small business and your kind words and donations, no matter how small, have lifted our spirits and motivated us to continue to support the D&T community as best we can. 

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15th March 2020

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We’ve Been Quiet for a While….

We’ve been off the radar for a while with very few social media posts, no blog and no new TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources. This is because we moved house in the last week of February and had some unexpected complications which meant that although we were able to move into our new property most of our stuff had to go into storage where much of it is likely to stay for a while. That’s made life interesting when you run a business from home - throw in a global pandemic and it gets even more interesting! 

We finally have the internet and some office space set up in all the chaos so we hope to get back to some sort of normality, certainly on the work front and this starts off with some free TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources we are releasing to support school closures. Things may still be a little downsized compared to what we normally do until we get more settled at home, particularly depending on potential disruption with the coronavirus, but our aim is to continue to support D&T teachers and students in the best way we can. 

Support For School Closures During the Coronavirus Outbreak

TechDoodle #ThinkDo

In order to support schools closed during of the coronavirus outbreak we are releasing a range of our TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources. There’s already quite a few of these resources on the website but we’ve collected then together all in one place to make it easier to access things more quickly. The resources are collected together into PowerPoints categorised into learning areas from our 10 Key Learning Areas in D&T document.  The resources can be used as they are or as individual slides. Many of the TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources are designed to compliment each other and can be used together. The resources don’t cover all of the learning from the KS3 and GCSE curriculum as they are still very much a work in progress (and some PowerPoints have only limited resources) but we hope they will provide support for teachers and students at this challenging time.

TechDoodle #ThinkDo

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Our Product in a Tin competition might also be suitable to develop as a design and make activity for students to do either at home or in school. Get more information and resources to get you started. 


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Coronavirus COVID-19 - This situation is a constantly changing and we will be following government recommendations when making decisions about courses. Decisions about whether courses held at the National STEM Learning Centre will run will be decided by the Centre and not us so please contact the Centre direct for the most up to date information on STEM Centre courses.  Based on current advice our courses for the foreseeable future are postponed, including our courses at the STEM Centre. For official updates on current government recommendations visit the www.gov.uk website. 

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2nd February 2020

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Like our Facebook page or sign up to our D&T newsletter to be the first to hear when new free resources are released. New Date For Our Sewing Machine Servicing Course

Following on from our sewing machine basic maintenance and servicing course in Nottingham in November 2019 we've had a lot of requests for the same course in London. It has taken some time to get this organised but we’re pleased to say that we now have a date at St. Marylebone CE School Sixth Form site in central London on 23rd June 2020. Book your place soon as this course is always popular

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  • Toyi is a kit made up of parts that can be combined with everyday objects to make toys. Although the kit is marketed as a toy (and the kit itself is expensive) this could be good inspiration for a creating a low cost iterative design and modelling activity in the classroom.
  • This article on streetwear brands might be useful for some background reading and research, particularly for the street culture element of the D&T A level F&T specs.

Product in a Tin Competition

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26th January 2020

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  • Year 9 students at Northgate High School in Ipswich heard a talk from a local Holocaust survivor and created their design of a memorial flame in his honour as part of a nationwide competition by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. In the image in this article you can see the ultrasonic sensor on the left that lights up the acrylic section of the design when someone walks past. The memorial flame uses a Crumble microcontroller hidden inside the product. What a fabulous example of D&T.  


  • Nice short summary about polyester fibres and why we need to consider their wider impact.
  • There’s a lot of focus on sustainability in the news, and in particular on the impact of plastics, but many students don’t fully understand the bigger picture of depleting material resources, many of which play a vital role in our everyday lives. This short article is a great starting point for discussion on this.
  • Nike’s Atsuma sneaker uses the concept of negative pattern cutting (also known as subtraction pattern cutting and zero waste pattern cutting) to reduce waste. When a shape is cut out of the material the aim is to also find a use for waste material in the design of the sneaker. The ‘Move to Zero’ section on Nike’s website is also useful for more information on their approaches to sustainability . Subtraction pattern cutting by Julian Roberts is worth researching if students are interested in the use of this concept for garment design.


Product in a Tin Competition

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The first few entries for our Product in a Tin competition arrived this week and here’s a sneak peak. Remember entries can be sent in at any time during the year up to 1st August 2020. 

Why not use the competition as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school club? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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19th January 2020

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  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are aiming to try and have a low carbon footprint, including medals made from e-waste and cardboard beds for athletes. It will be interesting to see what other ideas come out over the next few months. As well as these links there's more information on the sustainability page on the website.
  • Interesting article that might be useful inspiration for students when experimenting with materials. ChiaShan Lee is a textile artist who creates knitted garments sculptures and other items out of newspaper. She talks about her background and inspiration for her work and why she works with newspaper. The links are also worth clicking on to find out more about her work. 
  • Article on planned obsolescence is quite wordy so the article itself is probably more useful for A level but the article also has a link to a great short video that is really useful for other age groups. 

Product in a Tin Competition

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12th January 2020

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  • Honda’s new air bag design acts like a baseball mitt with 3 compartments bound together by a sail panel that catches and slows down the head in a collision. It’s been designed to add additional protection for front angle collisions where the head often slides off the airbag.
  • Nice, simple example of design thinking inspired by biomimicry - attachment for a water bottle that collects atmospheric water vapour for drinking where there’s no access to running water. Learning links include biomimicry based on leaves, 3D printing, properties of PET, designed to attach to a readily available product and all at a low cost & without electricity.
  • If you have ever wondered how electronic circuits conduct electricity this article has some useful info and videos that cover how electrons flow and how insulators and resistors work. It's more information than students need to know for KS3/4 but it's interesting for anyone who would like to know more and deepen their understanding. 
  • Fun infographic on making colour through history (click on the infographic link in the second paragraph to see it in more detail and to get more information on each colour).
  • Buckle Me Baby Coats might be useful to show the development of a common product in order to meet a specific need. The coats have side fastening zips that enable seat belts on baby seats to be buckled tightly around the body without the coat having to be removed. Bulky coats stop the car seat harness from holding the body tightly leaving enough room for the force of a crash to push the child upwards out of the coat and through the top of the harness (particularly very young children who have more flexible shoulders than an older child). The side zip on the Buckle Me Coat allows for the top of the coat to be pulled right out of the way so the harness can be fastened with the front panel either being left open and rolled to one side or the coat can be refastened to keep the child warm. 

Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school club? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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Our Final Blog of 2019

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#ThinkDo cards Autumn Term 2019





This is our final D&T blog of 2019 and to get the 2020 off to a good start we’re giving away all of the TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources from the Autumn term 2019 all collected together in two PowerPoints. OFFER NOW ENDED

Don’t forget to download the resources by 6th January 2020. We hope you’ve found our free resources useful over the last year and we’re looking forward to adding to the collection next year. See you in 2020!

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15th December 2019

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TechDoodle Autumn Term 2019

There are no new TechDoodle and #ThinkDo resources this week and next week and instead we will be giving away PowerPoints with all the resources from this term collected in one place. This week we're giving away the PowerPoint with all 24 TechDoodle resources and next week it will be the #ThinkDo one. Both resources will be available to download for a limited period only so download them as soon as you can so you don't miss out (available until 6th Jan 2020).

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  • Rethinking airline seat design - this seat design uses the existing footprint but changes how the user sits in the seat making it a more natural seating position. Useful for getting students to think about how improving a product isn’t always about a total redesign and how small tweaks can make a big difference, along with how the importance of prototyping and how the use of a range of materials and their properties impacts on a design.
  • The ‘How Football Got Shirty’ exhibition at the National Football Museum in Manchester is a great way to get students thinking about textiles fibres and fabrics and their use in garments beyond catwalk fashion. With over 200 exhibits from across the world the exhibition reflects on design influences on football shirts, fibres and fabrics that have been used over the years, new technologies being developed & the influence of football on high street fashion (on until 7/6/20)

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8th December 2019

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Product in a Tin Competition Prize Giving 

We had a great trip to Whitefriars School in Harrow last week to deliver the Product in a Tin competition prizes and to meet Arjun who won first prize (seen in the photos with Ms Amdur, the department technician, who worked with Arjun on the project and Ms Sharma, Arjun’s new teacher as Arjun’s original teacher Ms Shah no longer works at the school).

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Arjun won amazing prizes for his school - a class set of Crumble microcontrollers sponsored by Mindsets, along with a H Class 100Q sewing machine sponsored by Husqvarna Viking and Coles Sewing Centre in Nottingham. 

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Part of the prize for the school included a half day’s training for Arjun’s teachers on the Crumble microcontroller. He also won prizes for himself including a £50 gift voucher and a pile of drawing and design equipment. 

It was really great to meet Arjun and we also got the chance to meet Vivek whose entry won one of the #InspiredBy smaller prizes. 

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Why not use the competition as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school club and you never know it might be your department we are delivering these fabulous prizes to next year! See more details on the competition, along with supporting resources.

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  • Article with a nice short summary about what ADHD & some reminders about effective strategies in the classroom.
  • This article on the role of textiles in robot design might be good background reading, particularly for post 16 students. Applications include exoskeletons, the Robo-Glove used for working in space (with sensors in the fingertips that allow the fingers to be set rigid to grip tools or equipment and provide muscle support and which when pressed again release the object), the TRAuma Care in a Rucksack (sensors embedded into a robotic suit with AI algorithms directing critical care and treatments, e.g. intravenous fluids and medication), pop up muscles capable of lifting up to on thousand times its own weight and electronic skin that can recognise stimulus on its surface. 

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1st December 2019

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  • The Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year have been announced with entries from across the world including design problems and solutions ranging from architecture, digital design, fashion, transport, product design and graphic design. The entries are on display at the museum until February but the website might also be useful as a resource to develop student understanding of users and design problems/contexts.
  • The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) gives annual awards for design excellence and innovation in speciality fabric applications and technical textiles in categories ranging from fabric structures and architecture, canopies, marine fabrication, and geosynthetics. The website may be useful to get students thinking about textiles in a less stereotyped way. Each entry includes information on the design problem and client making it useful as a prompt for thinking about designing for real contexts. Some of the images would also be useful to use as part of a display. 

Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school club? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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24th November 2019

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  • A light that doubles up as book storage (and a Christmas tree!) 
  • Great interview with Iris Van Herpen about her work and influences 
  • This year’s report by the Soil Association ‘Thirsty for Fashion’ compares the impact of organic cotton to the that of more conventionally grown cotton. Facts and figures include organic cotton reducing water consumption by 91%, along with a host of other environmental benefits. The website gives a quick summary of the benefits of organic cotton and the full report can be downloaded for free with a range of useful facts and figures including links to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (page 19) and a useful poster comparing organic and conventionally grown cotton (page 4). The full article is a very long read so it’s more appropriate for A level students but it may also be of interest to other students interested in sustainability issues and the fashion and textiles industry.

Product in a Tin Competition

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  • Thanks to Madeline Mesias for alerting us to the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. This is a global art project where you fill a sketchbook and send it to the library where it becomes part of the library’s time capsule collection, along with being used as part of exhibitions. Only the sketchbooks provided by the library can be used and there is a fee which is quite expensive but the idea is great inspiration for an internal project in schools. A class or year group might create a time capsule sketchbook which over the years builds into a collection similar to a set of year books. 
  • This simple tip on prioritising time by Andy Buck from Leadership Matters is useful for anyone even if they aren’t a leader. It won’t take away the workload but reflecting on how time is used (and how to avoid getting sucked into easy but low impact tasks) may help identify priorities and justify ignoring some tasks or saying no to things. A long time ago I used to work in the same school as Andy and his work and books are definitely worth a look if you are a leader or thinking of applying for a leadership role.
  • Interesting article on the trend for ‘modest fashion’ - great for kickstarting a discussion and useful as a starting point for designing 

Product in a Tin Competition

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a module of work, homework, mock NEA or after school club? The prizes are fabulous for both the winning student and their school.  Get more information and resources to get you started. 

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