Documents to Support Curriculum Planning

Return to the D&T Curriculum Planning page to see other resources & information

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Our documents can be used by teachers in their school but must not be used or shared in any way without permission (including resources developed using our resources). 

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This page outlines our approach to curriculum planning and mapping. We focus on creating a 5 year curriculum across years 7 -11 (7 years including with Post 16), as well as one that links to KS1 and 2. We go into this in more detail on our curriculum courses. 

Most of the documents mentioned on this page are available in the FREE ‘Curriculum Planning & Auditing Tools’ resource in our shop


KS3 National Curriculum 

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Our KS3 Keywords and Headlines document is a short summary of key elements of a good KS3 curriculum. It’s intended a quick review document for departments who want to audit their provision and it’s not intended to replace a full and more detailed audit. The document includes a short outline of where the information is summarised from. 

The above document is also available as an editable Excel tracker document


Documents above are available in the FREE ‘Curriculum Planning & Auditing Tools’ resource in our shop (includes some of the other documents on this page).

Click here for other information on the KS3 curriculum


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D&T GCSE Subject Content (England)

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Our GCSE Subject Content Keywords & Headlines document is a quick review document for departments wanting to audit their provision for GCSE. This is a more stripped back version of the specifications which makes it easier to develop a vision for D&T (as opposed to just delivering an exam board specification). All exam boards had to use this document to create their specifications. 

The above document is also available as an editable Excel tracker document


Documents above are available in the FREE ‘Curriculum Planning & Auditing Tools’ resource in our shop (includes some of the other documents on this page).

Click here for more information on the GCSE Subject Content


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AS & A Level Subject Content (England)

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Our A Level Subject Content Keywords & Headlines document is a quick review document for auditing AS and A level provision. Like the GCSE version above it is a stripped back version of the specifications and is the document all exam boards had to use to create their specifications


Document above is available in the FREE ‘Curriculum Planning & Auditing Tools’ resource in our shop (includes some of the other documents on this page).

Click here for more information on the A Level Subject Content


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10 key learning areas in D&T

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In our courses we often talk about our 10 key Learning areas in D&T and this developed from using the review documents above with a wide range of teachers, many of whom divided the learning into categories in order to see how learning progressed across the key stages. The most common classifications were:

  1. Users, needs & design contexts
  2. Designing: Design Strategies & communicating ideas
  3. Past & present professionals
  4. Wider impact of designing & making: Social, moral, environmental & cultural issues, energy storage & generation, new & emerging technologies
  5. Levers & mechanisms
  6. Electronics & programmable components
  7. Smart, modern &  technical materials
  8. Materials: Categories, sources, origins, selection & properties
  9. Forces & Stresses
  10. Making: Working with specialist materials & techniques


Much of our work focuses on metacognition and in particular strategies around spaced and retrieval practice. This involves identifying key learning to revisit and apply in different contexts and our 10 key learning area list gives us a reference point for planning, reviewing and mapping learning. 

It’s important to recognise our list isn’t the only way to divide up learning up into key learning areas. The list also isn’t fixed and sections have cross overs. Sections are also not designed to be of equal size or importance and they simply act as a quick reference tool. 

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10 key learning areas mapping document

We used our 10 key learning areas list to create a '10 Key Learning Areas in D&T' mapping document to pull together the KS3 and GCSE Subject Content documents alongside the 4 D&T GCSE specs.  

The document enables you to:

  • Get a better holistic view of curriculum planning across all KS1 - 4 in particular
  • Understand each exam boards have chosen to interpret the DfE Subject Content 
  • Compare the learning for different aspects of knowledge across the exam boards
  • Identify how learning might fit into a spaced and retrieval practice delivery model


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Above you can see the key learning area summary page on electronics which shows the format of the document:

  • Column 1:  our own heading to summarise the content of the page
  • Column 2:  relevant learning statements from the KS3 headline document
  • Column 3:  relevant learning statements from the GCSE Subject Content headlines
  • Columns 4 - 7: detail from each exam board’s specification for that area of learning (colour codes are just for a quick reference). 
  • Column 8:  relevant Subject Content headlines for A level. 


This document is available as a PDF mapping document that includes all exam boards and which can’t be edited. This version gives you the best overview to enable you to compare exam boards. You can also download a version of the document that just lists individual exam boards as an editable document. 

Documents above are available in the FREE ‘Curriculum Planning & Auditing Tools’ resource in our shop (includes some of the other documents on this page).

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GCSE D&T tracker documents

These documents are editable Excel tracker documents that allow a department to track coverage of learning from the D&T GCSE in a more traditional way compared to the approaches mentioned above. There is a tracker document for each exam board. These documents support our courses where we consider how KS3 might support the D&T GCSE. We are not advocating that the KS3 curriculum should be a mini version of the D&T GCSE. Instead GCSE might be used to inform elements of KS3 to help build in sequence and progression. 

Documents above are available in the FREE ‘Curriculum Planning & Auditing Tools’ resource in our shop (includes some of the other documents on this page).


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which exam board?

Choosing a specification at GCSE and A Level

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No one exam board that is better than any other and each has advantages and disadvantages. A department's choice of specification will depend on lots of different factors and it’s important that a key factor in the decision making process is what is right for the students. When the specifications were first released we produced summary documents to try to objectively compare the specs. Note these are our opinion only & departments must also do their own comparisons of the specification and other supporting documents provided by each exam board. It’s also important to note the documents were produced before the specifications were taught and are therefore a general overview only. 

Click here to see these comparison documents for D&T GCSE and D&T A level. Note this has to be downloaded from this page & isn’t in the free resource mentioned for some of the other documents on this page.

This DfE website page lists the approved key stage 4 qualifications that count towards Progress 8. The discount codes are also indicated which is useful to know as qualifications with the same code can only be counted once. For most schools this means students are not allowed to do both qualifications as only one would count towards Progress 8. 


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Resources that support curriculum planning

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The Let's Learn resources are being developed to support each of the 10 key learning areas. These will be developed over time and are constantly being added to. 


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Food Preparation and Nutrition

Although cooking and nutrition contributes to the D&T attainment target at KS3 D&T it has it also has its own KS3 attainment and a separate qualification at GCSE and level 3. This website has limited resources on Food and Nutrition because there are already excellent resources elsewhere, including:


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Our documents can be used by teachers in their school but must not be used or shared in any other way without permission. This includes resources developed using our original resources. 


Return to the D&T Curriculum Planning page to see other resources & information


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