Guru Nanak Sikh Academy (Middlesex)

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The Textiles Teacher Roadshow December 2016

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Martina Botros generously allowed us to showcase a range of work from different year groups from her school, Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, at The Textiles Teacher Roadshow in December 2016. The work included GCSE projects, KS3 e-textiles work and a fabulous laser cut leather jacket. 

Ramones laser cut jacket leather

Year 13 EPQ Project

With curriculum time for D&T being reduced in many schools, this means there are a lot of students who are interested in designing and making, but who aren’t able to pursue this as an A level subject. For these students the Extended Project Qualification can be a way of continuing their interest in D&T, as well as being a way of getting acknowledgement for their hard work through a qualification. 

For the EPQ, students have to produce a self directed and self motivated project they have planned, researched, and developed themselves. The project outcomes can be varied but include things such as written reports, some form of event or production, or a product the student has designed and made. Students also have to record their progress, review their outcomes, and deliver a presentation. 


Anoop, a year 13 students at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Middlesex, was not studying textiles but she approached Martina Botros, textiles teacher at the school, about using textiles as the focus for her EPQ Project. She used inspiration from the 70s punk era as well as the theme of upcycling/recycling. After her initial research Anoop developed ideas for a range of garments which she designed and made from scratch without the use of commercial patterns. As well as the finished products Anoop organised a fashion show, wrote up her findings and produced a presentation.

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The EPQ is viewed favourably by many universities as a good way for students to showcase their independent learning skills, along with their ability to project manage something, as well as a chance to show off their creative side. For D&T departments this can be a great way to raise the profile of the department and to keep students engaged in D&T even though they are not able to study it more formally. 

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