Leicester Grammar School

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Leicester Grammar School

As both Paul and I have taught in Leicestershire schools during our careers we have a special interest in schools in the area and were therefore delighted to be invited to Leicester Grammar School’s Open Day. It was a real pleasure to see a strong D&T department and to hear students talk knowledgeably and with passion about D&T. 

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We were originally invited into the department by Nathan Grimadell who attended the Textiles Teacher Roadshow because of his new role at the school which included a significant amount of textiles on his timetable. We were impressed by Nathan’s approach to textiles as a non specialist, and with the changes in the GCSE he is part of a growing group of male teachers who are challenging the stereotypes of what textiles is and how it is taught. Work students had produced as part of a brief for a product designed for professionals in different roles was impressive and complimented the excellent projects and working environment he has inherited from the previous teacher. 

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We saw a range of work across all material areas, with a great mix of traditional and new approaches. In particular the work by the department demonstrates really well how it's possible to take traditional approaches and projects but to give them a new twist to make them meet the needs of the changing specifications, as well as introducing completely new ideas such as augmented reality. 

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Work in the department shows how students have embraced prototyping and iterative design as a key part of D&T, with a range of work being modelled in different materials and as scale or full sized models.

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It was also evident that students had been encouraged to focus on users and user needs, including through a set of stools produced by students to meet the needs of the feeder primary school. 

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With thanks to the D&T department for their hospitality and for taking the time out of a busy open day to talk to us about their work. 

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