2022: D&T Blog

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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 term. Our Facebook page also includes regular news, updates and freebies. 

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1st May 2022

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The Latest Website Updates and Free Resource Downloads

User needs & design contexts

The latest FREE resources to be added to our BoydCreate shop website are twenty TechDoodle resources on user needs and design contexts. The resource is a PDF with 20 activity card, eight of which have been released before, plus twelve brand new ones. 

Download the resources from our BoydCreate shop website (look for TechDoodles: User Needs & Design Contexts)

user needs & design contexts


Over Easter we also added a TechDoodle and #Thinkdo resource to our shop on the wider impact of designing and making with a total of 35 handouts across both resources. These can also be downloaded from our BoydCreate shop (look out for the wider impact on designing and making heading). 

Wider impact of designing & making


Since our new BoydCreate shop website was launched just after Christmas 20 free resources have been added, a large percentage of which are editable. That’s over 250 slides or pages of resources all for free. Our old www.julieboyd.co.uk website is also still going strong and is always being added to with videos and weblinks linked to learning, as well as curriculum planning. 

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Thank you to anyone who has chosen to pay for any of the free resources they have downloaded. The resources take a lot of time to produce and aren’t funded by anyone and even small donations help us continue this work. Adding a paid for resource to your shopping basket full of freebies is also another way of supporting our work. 

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

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

Blended Learning CPD
Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus a programme of at least 4 hours of self directed study activities. 

Supporting Textiles specialists




Live Face to Face CPD

We also run traditional one day face to face courses in venues across the country.

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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1st March 2022

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

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More free resources have been uploaded to our new BoydCreate shop website. The resources support learning on smart and modern materials, technical textiles and composites. They have previously been given away but only as PDFs and the new versions are in an editable PowerPoint format so teachers can personalise them for their own classroom. Each resource follows a similar format with 4 slide handouts including a summary of basic knowledge and 3 activity sheets. This format is similar to the one used for other free resources already on the website. Don’t forget there are also other resources to support learning on the Smart, Modern & Technical Materials section of our Boyd Education website

Download individual resources by clicking on the images below or visit the free resource section in our shop to see all available downloads.

Smart maerialsComposites


Download the resources on smart materials                               


Download the resources modern materials

Technical textiles



Download the resources technical textiles

Modern materials


Download the resources composites



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OUR CPD COURSES COMING UP THIS TERM NEW DATES ADDED

Look at the face to face and blended learning courses we offer with NEW DATES for all our courses, as well as a NEW CRUMBLE MICROCONTROLLER COURSE

Blended Learning CPD
Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus a programme of at least 4 hours of self directed study activities. 




Live Face to Face CPD

We also run traditional one day face to face courses in venues across the country


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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1st February 2022


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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

Our new BoydCreate shop website has been updated this week with free resources aimed at the core content for D&T GCSE on metals, polymers, timber, paper and board and textiles. These resources have previously been given away on the website but are now in an editable PowerPoint format.                                  

Metals


Download the resources on metals
(3 knowledge based sheets & 3 activity handouts)

Timber


Download the resources on timber
(4 knowledge based sheets & 3 activity handouts)

Polymers



Download the resources on polymers
(3 knowledge based sheets & 3 activity handouts)

Paper & Board


Download the resources on paper & board
(3 knowledge based sheets & 3 activity handouts)

textiles



Download the resources on textiles
(7 knowledge based sheets & 6 activity handouts)


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

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  • How about a cat maze under your bed? Catlife, the company who sells the bed, have some other interesting products designed for cat lovers on their website.
  • Amazing machine embroidery work by textile artist Sophie Standing 
  • Library workstation that allows caregivers to use the library computer with a space to keep babies occupied and safe. Design team Quinn Evans worked with Fairfield Area Library in Virginia whose brief was for the library to be better able to meet the needs of local parents wanting to use the library computers.
  • An interesting addition to the Chelsea Flower Show this year - a textile garden showcasing plants that can be used as textiles fibres or dyes all in support of Fashion Revolution.
  • Short video introducing the Design Council that includes statistics about how design can impact on the environmental and climate change. The second half of the video might be particularly useful for students with a call to arms that design briefs should be written to encourage ‘Design for Planet’, which is the Design Council’s mission to bring together the design community to be part of the solution to climate change.
  • NASA’s Technology Transfer Program takes technologies designed for space travel and applies them to solving problems back on earth. This article summarises some of these applications. 


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

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Blended Learning CPD



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Live
 Face to Face CPD



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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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20th January 2022

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Website Updates

A belated happy new year to everyone for our first blog for 2022!

We’ve been quiet recently as we’ve been busy working on updating our main Boyd Education website, as well as producing a new one called BoydCreate

Our Boyd Education main website will continue to focus on teaching and learning in D&T, as well as curriculum planning, and the new BoydCreate website will be our ‘shop’, as well where course bookings are processed. 

The Boyd Education and BoydCreate websites are linked together, and in most cases you won’t notice a lot of difference when using the website, but this set up gives us more functionality and should make the admin side of things easier for both ourselves and anyone using the sites. In particular we’re hoping it might make it easier for people to find our free downloads which we hope to continue to develop. 

We’ve been doing lots of tests of the new systems but the real test will be when they start being used so if you come across any niggles or things that don’t work let us know.

At the moment there’s still lots to do on both websites, especially BoydCreate where we’ll be uploading lots more resources over the coming weeks.

Boyd Create free downloads

See the free downloads that have been uploaded so far

Competition Prize Giving

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Before Christmas it was a real pleasure to present the Product in a Tin competition prizes to Hannah from Wirral Grammar School for Girls. Huge thanks to Coles Sewing Centre, Husqvarna Viking (UK & Eire) for sponsoring the Jade20 sewing machine prize and Mindsets (UK) Ltd for sponsoring the class set of Crumble kits. Hannah also got a selection of design related prizes of her own and a gift voucher.

NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITION IS NO LONGER RUNNING but resources are still on the website and can be used as a module of work.

Courses for the Spring Term

Boyd Education spring term courses 3

We've just released new dates in our course calendar for our curriculum planning course, as well as our course for textiles specialists looking for support to deliver the D&T GCSE core content. Both of these are blended learning courses with a 2 hour live online session (which includes practical activities and material samples) along with a programme of self directed study. 

We also have a face to face sewing machine maintenance course coming up in Nottingham in a few weeks and hope to release dates in the next week for this course to run in Liverpool and London.

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

Blended Learning CPD

Planning & Auditing Your D&T Curriculum


Supporting Textiles specialists


Live Face to Face CPD

Sewing machine servicing

We also hope to release dates for this course in Liverpool & London over the next week

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 November 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

One of this week’s updated sections on our website is the product analysis section which includes 6 free resource downloads. This is a new section on the website and the page is subdivided into 3 different types of product analysis resource downloads. At the moment these are the only 6 resources in this section but more will be added to over time. 

Product Analysis


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

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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities. This type of course is ideal if you find it hard to get released from school or if you are looking for resources to provide you with a programme of activities as part of a personal directed time CPD programme. Click on each course to find out more. 


Live Face to Face CPD

We're currently only able to offer a limited number of face to face courses although we hope to be able to increase the number of these in the spring and summer term next year. Click on the course to find out more.

BOOK YOUR PLACE SOON ON THE INTRODUCTION TO SERVICING & MAINTAINING SEWING MACHINES COURSE - ONLY 6 PLACES LEFT

Although we currently only offer a limited number of face to face courses on our course calendar, if you're looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants, e.g. your department or a local group of teachers, along with providing a suitable room, we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

For more details on how we can run the above courses at your school see the link to the information sheet on each of the course pages.

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. 


Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

Our Product in a Tin competition will not be running for the foreseeable future. It’s been been a big success but takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. The competition is therefore taking a break to allow us to focus on our other work. The resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition


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 November 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

This week there have been more updates on our website linked to COP26 and in particular different sections of the renewable energy section have been added to. Updates include some great videos from the Student Energy You Tube page as well as TechDoodle and #ThinkDo free resource downloads (these resources can be found across several of the renewable energy sections). 

Energy


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

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Did You See These Posts On Our Facebook Page?

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See our latest Facebook updates (Facebook account isn’t needed to access the page). 

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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

Our Product in a Tin competition will not be running for the foreseeable future. It’s been been a big success but takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. The competition is therefore taking a break to allow us to focus on our other work. The resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities. This type of course is ideal if you find it hard to get released from school or if you are looking for resources to provide you with a programme of activities as part of a personal directed time CPD programme. Click on each course to find out more. 


Live Face to Face CPD

We're currently only able to offer a limited number of face to face courses although we hope to be able to increase the number of these in the spring and summer term next year. Click on the course to find out more.

Although we currently only offer a limited number of face to face courses on our course calendar, if you're looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants, e.g. your department or a local group of teachers, along with providing a suitable room, we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

For more details on how we can run the above courses at your school see the link to the information sheet on each of the course pages.

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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4th November 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

COP26, the UN’s climate change conference is the focus of this week’s website updates with 4 free downloads linked to the impact of designing and making. 

@julieboydonline


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

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julieboydonline

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Did You See These Posts On Our Facebook Page?

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See our latest Facebook updates (Facebook account isn’t needed to access the page). 


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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

Our Product in a Tin competition will not be running for the foreseeable future. It’s been been a big success but takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. The competition is therefore taking a break to allow us to focus on our other work. The resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities. This type of course is ideal if you find it hard to get released from school or if you are looking for resources to provide you with a programme of activities as part of a personal directed time CPD programme. Click on each course to find out more. 


Curriculum planning & auditing Boyd Education


Live Face to Face CPD

We're currently only able to offer a limited number of face to face courses although we hope to be able to increase the number of these in the spring and summer term next year. Click on the course to find out more.

Although we currently only offer a limited number of face to face courses on our course calendar, if you're looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants, e.g. your department or a local group of teachers, along with providing a suitable room, we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

For more details on how we can run the above courses at your school see the link to the information sheet on each of the course pages.

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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14th October 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

This week more TechDoodle resources on properties of materials have been added to the ‘Everyday Products that Mix Materials’ page on the website. These are three new resources that have not been shared before.

TechDoodle material properties


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

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See our latest Instagram updates which include thinking points and photos all linked to D&T (account isn’t needed to access the page). 

Julieboydonline

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  • #BlackHistoryMonth
    • Transport for London & the Black Cultural Archives have teamed up to release a Black history version of its iconic tube map with 272 Black creators, leaders and trailblazers. The map can be downloaded as a PDF from the website which also includes more information about each person listed on the map.
    • Lubaina Himid’s Dutch wax fabric installation at Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire is part of the British Textile Biennial throughout October. Her work celebrates the contribution black people have made to life in Europe and the 400 metres of African cloth represent the movement of oceans and rivers that transported cotton across the world, along with the links African cloth has to the flow of labour, trade and money.
  • Great video on why recyling plastic bottles into clothes isn't the long term answer to the plastics problem and why more sustainable long term solutions are needed.
  • Free image resources from the Smithsonian Institution
  • The book 'Tools for Food' by Corinne Mynatt looks interesting - it explores the design history of everyday kitchen utensils and this link takes you to an article which has a few snippets on some of the products covered in the book
  • U-turn by the DfE on initial teacher training bursaries, including one for D&T. 
  • Andrew Kenny, winner of this year’s ‘Changemaker’ prize sponsored by Swarovski, talking about his work at The London Embroidery Studio producing bespoke hand and machine embroidery. 
  • The ‘Sustainable Futures Innovation Challenge’ is a sustainability competition where students solve a design problem based on one of four themes: travel & transport, food systems, our homes & habits, our lifestyles & what we consume. The competition is for 9 - 14 year olds and the closing date is 1st February 2022. 


To see all of these updates visit our Facebook page


Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

Our Product in a Tin competition will not be running for the foreseeable future. It’s been been a big success but takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. The competition is therefore taking a break to allow us to focus on our other work. The resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition



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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities. This type of course is ideal if you find it hard to get released from school or if you are looking for resources to provide you with a programme of activities as part of a personal directed time CPD programme. Click on each course to find out more. 


Resources included with the Planning & Auditing Your D&T Curriculum course include :

  • Curriculum audit tools for KS3 & D&T GCSE, as well as audit tools to evaluate prior learning at KS2 and to reflect on progression onto A level. 
  • Material samples & resources to carry out interactive activities in the live online session 
  • Detailed guidance on carrying out follow up activities as part of a self directed learning programme (these activities may also be suitable to support department activities)


Live Face to Face CPD

We're currently only able to offer a limited number of face to face courses although we hope to be able to increase the number of these in the spring and summer term next year. Click on the course to find out more.

Sewing machine servicing


Although we currently only offer a limited number of face to face courses on our course calendar, i
f you're looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants, e.g. your department or a local group of teachers, along with providing a suitable room, we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

For more details on how we can run the above courses at your school see the link to the information sheet on each of the course pages. 

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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7th October 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

This week’s page update on the website focuses on everyday products that mix materials with each material being chosen for its properties and the way it enables the product to carry out its intended purpose. Seven resources downloads have been added to the page, most of which have been shared before in other formats, but it may be useful to check whether you already have them or not. Visit the page

Mixed material products

If you're a textiles specialist looking for support to deliver the broader materials content of the D&T GCSE in a way that celebrates the traditions and creativity of textiles, whilst still embracing a multi material approach, take a look at the blended learning course we have coming up in December. 

D&T GCSE supporting textiles



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

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See our latest Instagram updates which include thinking points and photos all linked to D&T (account isn’t needed to access the page). 

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It’s always great to be able to share things students progress onto after school as a way of inspiring other students. It was therefore great to see Richard O’Hare from St. Edward’s College in Liverpool (who’s teacher was Kerry Cave) in this video working as a intern for Harris Reed on the outfit he designed for Iman at the MET gala. I met Richard in his final year at A level (when he also won the YFDUK competition) and he’s a real talent to look out for in the future. 


  • #BlackHistoryMonth links:
    1. Black designers who shaped fashion history 
    2. Every day products designed by black inventors
    3. ‘Khadi’ installation at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery that is part of the British Textile Biennial held during October. Khadi is usually made from cotton off-cuts and is associated with Gandhi and his work to revive village industries in India. It’s also became a political symbol to represent the challenge against English rule. 

  • #WorldSpaceWeek links:
    1. Links to resources on titanium, its everyday uses as well as applications in space.
    2. Links to resources on PTFE and its origins in space travel, as well as how this technology is used everyday in Gore-tex fabrics.
    3. Links to resources on metal foam and it uses.
    4. Link to Italian company Grado Zero Espace, a technology transfer company who take space technologies and create everyday products

To see all of these updates visit our Facebook page


Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

Our Product in a Tin competition will not be running for the foreseeable future. It’s been been a big success but takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. The competition is therefore taking a break to allow us to focus on our other work. The resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition

2020:2021 1st 2nd 3rd


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.

Live Face to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine course as a face to face one day course (and we’re in the process of organising dates for this). 

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

   

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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30th September 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

The updated pages on our website this week have a focus on World Space Week and include resources on materials that all have links to space technologies including Gore-tex, titanium and metal foam. They include resources we created for the National STEM Learning Centre that were sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Centre (ESERO). 

Inspired by space


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You can also see the full collection of resources we created on the National STEM Learning Centre website. Although they have an 'inspired by space' theme they cover most of the smart, modern and technical materials mentioned in the D&T GCSE specs.

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  • Sometimes the simple design ideas are the best - Joseph Joseph's reusable water bottle has a lid that is designed to slot over the bottle to stop you from losing it & which also acts as a handle & hanging loop
  • Useful short video on automated prodcution lines - covers pencil, prepacked salad meals and Tesla cars
  • Useful mini challenge from Design Ventura for years 7 & 8 with fortnightly winners announced right through to February (and the receive a little prize). Great for a homework, cover work or as a one off lesson.
  • World Space Week takes place annually from October 4 – 11 & this year’s theme celebrates ‘Women in Space’. This is a good opportunity to consider some of the high tech innovations developed for space travel that have eventually influenced technology used back on earth.
  • If you are in the East Lancashire area October is the British Textile Biennial which is a range of exhibitions and installations across the area telling the story of textiles, fashion and identity. 


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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

What a great end to our Product in a Tin competition as Husqvarna Viking and Coles Sewing Centre who sponsor part of the prize have upgraded the sewing machine prize to a Husqvarna Viking Jade 20 worth £600. What fantastic news for this year’s winning school! 

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The competition is taking a break for now as it
 takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to stop the competition for now to allow us to focus on our other work. We hope the competition will return but in the meantime the resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school. See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.



Live Face to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine course as a face to face one day course (and we’re in the process of organising dates for this). 

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

   

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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23rd September 2021

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

The latest pages to be updated on our website focus on Kevlar and Nomex. The pages now include a link to resources we wrote on Kevlar and Nomex for the STEM Learning Centre. These are part of a wider set of materials on smart, modern and technical materials which were sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) so there’s lots of references to materials used in space, but there's also lots of information relevant to the GCSE and A level. 

Kevlar


Nomex


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  • The Able Label - great website for inspiration for men & women’s clothing designed with discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and hidden extras which make dressing easier for anyone with restricted movement or lack of finger dexterity. 
  • Ikea are releasing a range aimed at gamers - this might be useful for looking at ergonomics and user needs. Products include traditional items such as gaming chairs and tables to more unusual things such as neck pillows to support your head during long gaming sessions and the Lanespelare which is a cushion that transforms into a wearable blanket. 
  • Interesting article on the history of the iconic BabyBjörn baby carrier and baby bouncer
  • Resources for ‘Recycle Now’s annual ‘Recycle Week’ event where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to encourage us all to recycling more of the right things, more often.


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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break 

Our D&T competitions have run since 2014 and we’ve had some amazing entries which have made the competitions a real pleasure to judge. We’ve also met fantastic students and teachers and given away brilliant prizes sponsored by Husqvarna Viking, Coles Sewing Centre and Mindsetsonline, whose support we are incredibly grateful for. 

The competition takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to stop running our competition for now to allow us to focus on our other work. 

We hope our competiton will return in the future but in the meantime the resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.



Live Face to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine course as a face to face one day course (and we’re in the process of organising dates for this). 

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

   

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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16th September 2021

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Are You a School Based Close to Central London?

We’re looking for a school close to central London that would like to host our 1 day ‘Introduction to Servicing and Maintaining Sewing Machines’ course. The school would get a free place in return for acting as host. The date would be either 22nd, 23rd or 24th November 2021. 

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Ideally the venue would be close to a tube route, as well as with other good public transport links, and parking on site or close by. A specialist room isn’t needed but it needs to be big enough for 16 people with a 2 seater table per person & with good access to electric sockets (as well as having a projector). Anyone interested should contact Paul Boyd  with details (photos of the room would be very useful).

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

The ‘Users and User Needs’ page is one of the latest to be updated on our website and now includes 4 activity handouts to get students thinking about designing for users in 4 different contexts. Download the resources. 

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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break This Year

Our D&T competitions have run since 2014 and we’ve had some amazing entries which have made the competitions a real pleasure to judge. We’ve also met fantastic students and teachers and given away brilliant prizes sponsored by Husqvarna Viking, Coles Sewing Centre and Mindsetsonline, whose support we are incredibly grateful for. 

The competition takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to stop running our competition for now to allow us to focus on our other work. 

We hope our competiton will return in the future but in the meantime the resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.


See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.



Live Face to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine course as a face to face one day course (and we’re in the process of organising dates for this). 

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:

   

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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9th September 2021

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Free Let’s Learn Resources 

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Over the summer we’ve been topping up resources in the Let’s Learn section of our website so if you are looking for resources to support your planning for this term take a look. New resources are being added all the time so keep popping back whenever you are lesson planning. 

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Product in a Tin Competition Winners Announced

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Product in a Tin competition - it’s taken a while to get to this point as the pandemic meant we had to transfer entries from 2020 to this year’s competition but we’ve been so pleased with the entries from both years, especially as so many teachers and students have used the competition to support lockdown learning. THANK YOU to all teachers and students who entered the competition last year and this year for their entries and who made it a success despite the challenges of lockdowns and home learning. 

See full details of all winners and runners up 

Product in a Tin winners


Despite the success of the competition we’ve had to make the difficult decision not to run it for the foreseeable future. It’s been running since 2014 and we’ve had some amazing entries, and it’s been such a pleasure to run, but it takes a lot of organising and has significant costs despite the support from our amazing sponsors Coles Sewing Centre, Husqvarna Viking and Mindsets (UK) Ltd without whom the competition would not have been a success. The impact of the pandemic has meant that, for now at least, we need to focus on our other work, although we do hope at some point that the competition will return in the future. All of the resources will remain on the website for teachers to use as a module of work or an internal school competition.


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

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.

Curriculum planning & auditing


Support for D&T textiles teachers


Live Face to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine course as a face to face one day course (and we’re in the process of organising dates for this). 

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses:

   

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. 

Visit our full course calendar


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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. 

Design contexts


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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 

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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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  • 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
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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

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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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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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  • 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

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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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  • 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

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18th March 2021

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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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4th March 2021

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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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25th February 2021

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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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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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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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