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Sir James Dyson – welcomed as the new patron of the Design and
Technology Association!

We are delighted to announce that Sir James Dyson, the staunchest of supporters of D&T
education, has agreed to become our new patron. Sir James‟ decision to take on this role has
been made after many years of informal support for the Association and its work. He
explained, “I‟ve always supported Design and Technology. It‟s a subject that allows young
people to learn with their hands and their brains. We‟ll need these practical, problem solving
people to address the challenges that face us. So I‟m delighted to become Patron of the
Design and Technology Association. For more information visit

The Design and Technology Association Education and International
Research Conference 2010: Ideas Worth Sharing - Keele University,
Wednesday 7-Friday 9 July 2010

Conference keynote speakers now confirmed include:
   Professor Ken Baynes – Ken is Head of the Design Education Unit at the Royal College
   of Art and, until recently, Visiting Professor at Loughborough University Design and
   Technology Department. He has written extensively, organised many ground breaking
   exhibitions and was the scriptwriter and presenter for the Channel 4 series, „Design
   Peter Grover – Peter is Head of Academic Operations for the Sheffield Institute of Arts
   and the acting Head of Department for Media Arts and Communications at Sheffield
   Hallam University (SHU). Prior to this he was the Subject Group Leader for the Centre for
   Design and Technology Education at SHU during which time the Centre became the
   largest national provider of teachers to the design and technology profession.
   Mat Hunter – Mat is an internationally renowned designer, innovator and academic and
   Chief Design Officer for the Design Council. Following his graduation from the Royal
   College of Art he rose through the ranks of international design consultancy IDEO, to
   become a Partner in 2007. He has also held academic roles at Imperial College Business
   School, London Business School, London School of Economics and the Royal College of
   Art Helen Hamlyn Centre.
   Ilsa Parry – Ilsa is a 3D creative consultant and the owner and director of REthinkthings,
   a Liverpool-based product design agency. In 2009 she won the BBC2 reality
   documentary „Design for Life‟ with Philippe Starck on the basis of her innovative industrial
   design for the Flo walking aid. Ilsa is a design educator and is passionate about raising
   interest and awareness about the importance of design for human development and life
   Professor Richard Kimbell – closing keynote. The transient and the timeless: surviving
   a lifetime of policy & practice in assessment.

In this keynote, Richard intends to consider the twists and turns of assessment policy and
practice through a very personal lens:
     What do we mean by performance in design & technology?
     What (in particular) do we mean by excellent performance and how can it be nurtured?
     What is professional judgement and how is it formulated?
     What is the assessment role of a professional teacher and how can it be supported?
The discussion panel on Thursday is confirmed as:
     Gina White HMI, Ian Williams, QCDA and Professor Clare Benson, Birmingham City
The draft programme is now available to view or download on our website

Fees, booking form and online booking will be available very shortly – please check the
website regularly!

Free places at our annual conference - supporting teacher/student
Ideas worth Sharing: Keele University, 7-9 July 2010

Great offer for the first 10 applications accepted!
This offer is open to any qualified D&T teacher or student enrolled on a course of initial
teacher education.

The Association is keen to encourage additional conference contributions from teachers and
student teachers who are engaged in small research projects, possibly being conducted in the
school they are working in. This includes both those who are undertaking an academic course
and those who are simply completing research activity as part of their professional lives. This
could be in the form of either:
    Short research papers - these might be into pupils‟ attitudes, use of resources etc. The
    paper will summarise research undertaken and draw (usually) limited conclusions.
    Typically, papers are up to 2500 in length and 20 minute summary presentations are
    given to small audiences of up to 20 people.
    Research PowerPoint presentations - these describe ongoing research work currently
    being conducted by the presenter/s and provide the opportunity for a small audience to
    discuss issues arising, methodology etc.
What is provided

The Association will provide single day at the conference free of charge teachers/students
who have a paper/PowerPoint presentation accepted. This will include a conference pack,
publication of their paper in the Conference Proceedings as a book and on line, all
refreshments. (Unfortunately it is not able to meet the cost of: supply cover, travel and

How can I find out more

Please email Laura MacLean at for further information on the scheme or
contact Andy Mitchell at for queries related to your potential submission.
A short abstract describing your proposal must be submitted on the application form by Friday
19 February 2010. You can download details of how to submit research work for presentation
at the conference here.

Extended deadline on call for Annual Conference research papers and
now Friday 19 February

The Design and Technology Association Annual Research Conference is a key event for all
those involved in D&T curriculum development, teaching, teacher training and educational
research. The Association is keen to promote research into all aspects of the subject and its
development and provide a forum where researchers and those involved in D&T can come
together to share practice.
We particularly welcome professionals who are new or aspiring researchers. They will benefit
greatly from the range of research undertaken by more experienced researchers in the field,
often with an international reputation, who use the conference to publish their work. Through
its editorial board, experienced referees actively support researchers through the process of
submitting their research output, leading to it being presented at the conference and
published in the conference proceedings. The Design and Technology Association is pleased
to consider research relating to any aspect of D&T spanning primary, secondary, higher
education, teacher training and continued professional development.

The deadline for paper abstracts is Friday 19 February. Submissions should be emailed to
Neil Whitton at

D&T Week: 21-25 June 2010 – The Design and Technology Association

KS1 – Shaun the Sheep‟s Super Storyboard Challenge
Ask your pupils to write a short adventure story about Shaun the Sheep and his friends, then
they can make it come to life using moving pictures!

Shaun the Sheep and his friends like to have fun on the farm and always work together as a
team to make their lives easier. Make up a simple story about them then design and make
between 1 and 3 moving storyboards, using levers and sliders, to illustrate the story, or
selected scenes from the story. Pupils may work on their own or in groups with exciting prizes
from Aardman for each category and year group.
Free materials to support teachers in these activities will be available to download shortly at
Entrants must submit a copy of the story and between 1 and 3 moving storyboards (maximum
size A3 each) together with an entry form by Friday 4 June. Full details available on our
website soon – watch this space!

KS3-KS4 – Actuation Design Engineering Challenge: Take one golf ball...
Do you remember the amazing Honda advert where a gear wheel sets off a chain reaction
incorporating a whole range of car parts before the final movement tilts the display platform
and rolls the car forward? If not, take a look at the Honda – Cog ad on YouTube We would like to challenge a team of your
KS3-KS4 students to design a one-minute actuation sequence, using a standard golf ball,
then to film it in action and submit the results. For examples of amateur actuation sequences
     Creme that Egg! on YouTube
     The Contraptions videos at
Teams can use these for inspiration but should then develop their own ideas and be as
imaginative as possible! The deadline for submission of filmed entries is Monday 28 June
2010. Full details of the challenge, performance and judging criteria, plus prizes available on
our website soon at

Teaching Tomorrow‟s Designers and Technologists Today – 2 day
courses in systems and control

The Design and Technology Association and Royal Academy of Engineering are working with
the DCSF and National Science Learning Centre to run two one-day courses in each of the
nine government regions during the spring and summer terms:
    Let‟s Make it Work - focuses on the essential elements of systems and control technology
    to enable pupils to embed control technology into products that they design and make.
    Teachers will learn how to build small products using feedback systems incorporating
    sense and control devices.
    Let‟s Make it Move - is designed for D&T teachers who need ideas for developing the
    mechanical control aspects of their schemes of work. It provides the opportunity to work
    with low cost resources that can be used at both KS3 and 4 by pupils designing and
    making products that require mechanical devices embedded within them. The associated
    science relating to their use is explored enabling cross curricular approaches to learning.
    Collaborative Learning in Science and Design & Technology – for more information
    please visit
These courses are designed for KS3 teachers who would like to develop their skills in order to
be able to teach the electronics requirements of the new KS3 National Curriculum. Each of
the courses can be attended individually or have been designed to complement each other.
On completion of each course, you will receive support materials for use in the classroom,
enabling you to put your ideas into practice! Further details of these courses are available on
the D&T Association website or visit

Textile surface decoration - incorporating cross-curriculum dimensions
into design and technology lesson planning
Friday 12 March 2010 – D&T Association, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire
10.00am–3.30pm (includes a sandwich lunch) Fees: Members: £175 Non-members:

This one-day event aims to help teachers improve their technical skills in textile surface
decoration techniques. Also, in line with the new secondary curriculum guidelines, it will
illustrate how aspects of the cross-curriculum dimensions can be incorporated into teaching
and learning. Teachers will be inspired to integrate concepts of identity and cultural diversity,
into their schemes of work that impacts positively students‟ progress and their enjoyment of
learning. As well as using African art and culture for design inspiration, participants will also
look at ways to include original production techniques. Presented by Joy Prime, Founder and
Principal Consultant of Invotec Education Ltd, who has a diverse background in education
and training and over twenty-five years‟ experience in the field. She has a BA (Hons) Fashion
Studies and a PGCE specialising in Art and Design. For further
details and a downloadable booking form visit the Events/Spring Term Events section of our
website at

Primary Curriculum Website

Following the Rose Review, the QCDA has launched its new primary curriculum website at The site aims to help
schools in the process of reviewing and developing their curriculum. It is a comprehensive site
which includes the proposed new curriculum statements, planning tools and case studies. It
should be noted that the Children, Schools and Families Bill is still passing through the
parliamentary process and so the primary curriculum published here is proposed and not
necessarily what schools will have to teach from September 2011. However, this is an
important source of information for primary schools and the D&T Association is currently
working on material to exemplify good practice for QCDA.

Consultation on the Revised Level Descriptions

The final consultation on the revised level descriptions (Level 1 – 8 and Exceptional
Performance) is currently taking place. The deadline for comments is Friday 5th February.
Details and an electronic response form are available from here.
The D&T Association is consulting with colleagues in NAAIDT and will be submitting a
response based on the earlier consultation response to Levels 1-4 made in July as part of the
Rose Review. For further information contact

Last chance to participate in our „rarely cover‟ survey...

Has the implementation of the „rarely cover‟ ruling prevented you from accessing courses of
CPD you have identified? Please participate now in our simple yes/no online survey on the
homepage of our website at

TDA/D&T Association Health and Safety Training Standards in Design
and Technology

Bridgeman Centre, University of Loughborough – Wednesday 30 June
2010 (9.30am-4.00pm)

This year we are once again offering a full day of H&S training courses at Loughborough
University on Wednesday 30 June 2010 for colleagues from Primary and Secondary Schools.
The course‟s detailed below are suitable for both teachers and D&T subject co-ordinators in
Primary Schools, and for both design and technology teachers and support staff in Secondary

Prim 1: TDA/D&TA H&S Training Standards in D&T:

Preparing to meet the Primary H&S Training Standards This nationally accredited course will
prepare teachers and Primary D&T subject co-ordinators to meet the requirements of the
TDA/D&TA Health and Safety in Design and Technology - Primary Level Training Standards.
During the day, course members will develop their knowledge and understanding of the 38
Primary Standards.

Sec1: TDA/D&TA H&S Training Standards – Secondary Core Level

This nationally accredited course will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in
design and technology departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and
Safety in Design and Technology – Core Level Training Standards.

Sec2: Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene

TDA/D&TA H&S Training Standards Specialist Level - Food Technology

This nationally accredited course will enable teachers, technicians and support staff in design
and technology departments to complete both the Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene and
the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and Safety in Design and Technology - Specialist
Level Training Standards for Food Technology.

Sec3: TDA/D&TA H&S Training Standards Specialist Level - Textile Technology

This nationally accredited course will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in
design and technology departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and
Safety in Design and Technology - Specialist Level Training Standards for Textile

Sec4: TDA/D&TA H&S Training Standards in D&T:

Specialist Extension Level S9HS - the safe use of „Portable Power Tools‟
This nationally accredited practical course will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff
in design and technology departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and
Safety in Design and Technology - Specialist Extension Level S9HS Portable Power Tools.
These new Standards have been introduced in response to the clear warning in BS4163:
2007 „Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments‟ that
certain power tools should only be used under the supervision of specifically trained staff.

Application procedure:
   The fee for each of these 1 day courses is £75.00 (D&TA accreditation will be available
   following successful completion of the courses for an additional £25.00).
   All course materials and tea/coffee/lunch will be provided.
   To book a place, please email Ben Hands-Wicks by 14 May 2010 at the Design and
   Technology Association, (his e-mail address is being protected from
   spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it) with your school/organisation details
   for invoicing.
   Final joining details and invoices will be sent to successful applicants.

2009 GCSE and A level statistics now available in the Members Section
of the website

The January 2010 issue of D&T News will include an analysis of the 2009 examination results
and the main associated data tables. The website contains a full range of statistical
information all in Excel format and will assist subject leaders in analysing their department‟s
performance in relation to national data

D&T Primary – January issue

Don‟t forget to download the fabulous complete units of work available with this issue! Log-in
and visit the Resources Vault at for Early Years: Let's look at bird feeders;
Year 1: The garden party; Year 2: Let‟s go to the showground; Years 3 and 4: Explore and
make energy products for sport; Years 5 and 6: Explore, design and make bread

Association Advisory/Working Groups – come and join us

As a membership association we have had advisory groups for many years to represent the
views of teachers and tutors, and any member can apply to take part. It‟s a great way to keep
up to date and make your voice heard. The groups represent the main categories of
membership and areas of the work of the Association: primary, secondary, special
educational needs, initial teacher education and research.
Groups meet termly and usually have agenda items which include:

•   Reports from members.
•   Feedback on the services provided for members.
•   Looking to the future.
•   Group responses.

If you would like to join one of the groups and help to direct the development of the subject,
we are particularly keen to hear from trainee teachers, NQTs, technicians and HLTAs.
Full information can be found on our website Follow the links from About
Us/Management/Advisory Groups.

The Design Mark - does your school excel in the teaching of design?

If the answer is yes, then you should consider applying for the Design Mark, an award which
recognises both primary and secondary schools for the excellence of their design teaching.
For further information, visit the website or
contact Emma Watson at

The Design Council has further information about the Design Mark on their website, including
a pdf with short case studies from some of the schools that have been awarded the Mark for
the quality of their design teaching.

There is also a downloadable guide to running a design challenge in your school < a
teachers-and-students/A-ten-step-guide-to-running-a-design-workshop/?id=5092 and an
interesting film about the Prince Philip Designers Prize which has been produced as part of
the learning resources for schools:

Exciting CPD opportunity for primary D&T

Funding has been secured for 2009-2010 for primary D&T courses for subject leaders or
those with a particular interest in primary D&T. In addition, the courses are appropriate for
secondary teachers who are liaising with their primary schools. The courses cover all the key
areas of D&T including policy, scheme of works; assessment and the development of
knowledge and understanding and practical skills. Participants have the opportunity to create
their own teaching aids. All courses will be linked closely to the new primary curriculum.
Courses are at MA Ed level and participants will have the opportunity to gain credits towards
an MA Ed. Contact to find your nearest course.

Birmingham course dates: 2010: 24, 25, 26 February; 11, 12 May.
Lancashire course dates 2010: 11 and 12 January; 8 and 9 March; 22 and 23 March 2010 at
the LPDS Centre, Southport Road, Chorley, Lancs PR7 1NG. Further details are available at
=TEC701&suffix=a&year=2009/2010&service=1 or contact Chris Cannon on 01253 886787
or 07768 290945

Making Effective Links between Science and Design & Technology

In the draft proposals for the new primary curriculum, design & technology is placed with
science in the area of learning „Scientific and Technological Understanding‟. In order to help
primary teachers better understand the relationship between these two subjects and how
effective links can be made (and ineffective ones avoided), members of the primary science
and design & technology communities have come together to plan a one day course, „Science
and Design and Technology‟ which will run in 2010 in the following regional Science Learning

Thursday 4 February 2010 North East Science Learning Centre – County Durham
Tuesday 16 March 2010    West Midlands Science Learning Centre – Keele
Tuesday 18 May 2010     South East Science Learning Centre – Southampton
Monday 14 June 2010     North West Science Learning Centre – Manchester

For details visit
Every Child Matters, Healthy Schools, SEAL and tackling the obesity
agenda - how the Food in Schools Primary Training Programme can
benefit all of the above and more!

As well as providing all Primary Teachers in England with the opportunity to develop their
skills, knowledge and understanding about food and cooking in the primary curriculum the
Food in Schools Primary Training Programme also contributes to the outcomes of all of the
above mentioned target areas. In addition, the programme also covers information on health,
safety and food hygiene and provides teachers with a certificate of accreditation upon
completion of the training. For flexibility the training courses can either be taken as 1 or 2
days depending on the local area. To find out more and to book your FREE training visit

Active Kids Get Cooking Special Challenge 2010

The Active Kids Get Cooking Special Challenge 2010 has been launched! The details are as
„In an ideal world we would shop wisely, eat well and sustain resources for the future.‟
Impress your friends by designing and making a sustainable spread which shows your

You may consider:
 -growing your own ingredients;
 -using local/regional foods;
 -choosing seasonal foods;
 -buying products which are value for money;
 -reducing food waste;
 -using leftovers;
 -reducing the environmental impact.

A special selection of resources has been produced to help you introduce the Special
Challenge to pupils, these include: Guides, presentations, worksheets and a cards activity.

For all the Special Challenge details Click here

Do you want to be a Food Technology HLTA – or do you need to train
your support staff?

As part of the DCSF‟s aim to increase the number of young people aged 11-16 given the
opportunity to cook, it has identified the need for more support staff as well as qualified food
teachers, and has made a commitment to train up to 750 specialist food Higher Level
Teaching Assistants (HLTAs). All local authorities have funding available to them for training
HLTAs; if you require further information, please visit or to find a contact for
your region see

Training by the D&T Association consortium, (which includes the British Nutrition Foundation
and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) provides:
    Auditing of training needs and planning a personalised programme.
    Face-to-face practical food preparation and cooking skills.
    Guided learning supported by a personal mentor, using multi-media resources, on-line
    tutorials and self assessment to develop knowledge and understanding of food
    technology, including practical skills; classroom health and safety; diet and nutrition;
    consumer awareness and hygiene and food safety.
    Classroom practice with an experienced teacher-mentor in a school.
    Health and safety accreditation to D&T Association Health and Safety standards,and food
    hygiene certification.
     On-going support provided by HLTA category membership of the professional association
     for food technology teachers for one year.
If you are an LA interested in booking training for a group of Food Technology HLTAs, please
contact us at

Food Technology HLTA information

Further details about becoming a Food Technology HLTA are now available on our website at

Calling all trainee teachers and NQTs

Are you teaching or being asked to teach Food Technology?

If this was not your specialist area during training your school can apply for free training as
part of the Teach Food Technology programme. This is up to five days training, with
mentoring, taking place across the country until march 2011. There may even be a one week
summer school in July 2010 that you can attend. The programme gives specific support for
NQTs who are setting up a new food room and teaching food for the first time. If you are
applying for jobs and are asked to teach food, please let your school know about the free

For application and information

Licence to Cook

Licence to Cook is being used in schools all over England with over 2700 now trained. It has
been interesting to see how schools are using the framework to support the delivery of their
own key stage 3 curriculum. The differentiated tutorials have been well received and have
made the programme as inclusive as possible with pupils working on P levels participating
successfully. Training continues and is supported by a large group of specialist trainers
across England. For further information visit

What do your students think?

We want to know what your students think of Licence to Cook. Feedback from students gives
us valuable information about what they think they have learned from the programme, and
how it has helped to improve their cooking skills and understanding about healthy eating and
wise food shopping. The survey is anonymous, takes about 20 minutes to complete and is a
chance for students to ask for things that they would like to see in their food technology
lessons! To access the survey, please visit the website

Have you considered becoming a Registered Design and Technology
Health and Safety Consultant (RDTHSC)?

RDTHSCs – Registered Design & Technology Health and Safety Consultants - are
responsible for the training and accreditation of colleagues in schools and colleges to the
TDA/D&T Association Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology.
Being an RDTHSC provides you with the opportunity to support colleagues in the subject by
development and extending their confidence to work with the whole range of machinery,
equipment and processes available in their schools. Another benefit of becoming an RDTHSC
for an experienced teacher, is the fact that it can be a cost effective way to undertake Health
and Safety training within a school department. Most importantly, your work will help and
support the designing and making of good quality products with their students. For details and
an application form visit

Digital D&T Support Centres

Digital D&T Programme

The support centres continue to run a variety of training events which are all advertised on the
Electronics in Schools website. These courses include twilight sessions which provide
opportunities for software updates and networking opportunities with colleagues in local
schools, longer courses looking at embedding textiles in electronics and software training in
Speed Step, and Pro/ENGINEER. For further details visit

New titles for sale in the on-line shop

USB Pens – New Resource

A new resource from the D&T Association, USB Pens is the first in a series of new resources
to support secondary teachers in delivering D&T in the classroom.

This contains all the planning and support you need to deliver a unit of work over nine two-
hour lessons, with everything from starters to homework tasks, supported by
    PowerPoint presentations for each lesson
    CAD tutorials and CAD files
    plan of work
    student workbook
The unit covers the following:
    developing a design brief for a client or user group
    product analysis
    generating and developing ideas
    working within design restrictions
    model development and
    producing a final design
    manufacturing and using industrial practice methods
The CAD files and tutorials are based on an uncased memory stick /flash drive component,
available separately. Full details are with the product.

Members £65/Non-members £75
Prices include postage and packing. Available soon from the online shop.

FREE Wallace & Gromit Cracking Ideas D&T Activity Packs and

Whether you've been to the new Science Museum exhibition yet or not, have a look at these
free innovation-themed activity packs. The exciting creative designing activities will definitely
spark Cracking Ideas! The packs were developed for the Cracking Ideas exhibition by the
D&T Association and written by D&T Association consultant member Polly Palmer (Spice
Education - There are packs for three age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and
12-16. They can be tackled by individuals or would make a great post-exam mini-project!
Pupils can work through some or all the activities and then if they wish may enter the
Cracking Ideas Competition. Download the packs at:

On-line membership and renewal are live! HERE

On-line membership makes joining or renewing your membership of the Association quick
and easy. Please click HERE to visit the membership section to fill in your details or call Dave
Wooding on 01789 473902 or email

Branch News

Bexley South East London – New branch!

Design and Technology – Now, next year and the future
Wednesday 3 February - 4.00pm-6.30pm

For all Primary, Secondary and SEN teachers/co-ordinators of Design and Technology.

This workshop will include a national update presentation on D&T – „Now, next year and the
     Now: OFSTED reports, findings and best practice
     D&T Association Survey
     Next: Moving forward with primary and secondary D&T
     Curriculum review, new initiatives, national strategies and free resources
     2011: Changing society and developing D&T in the curriculum
It also includes a discussion on the future programme for branch events.

East London

CPD with Teachers TV
Wednesday 3 February - 4.30pm-6.30pm

For all Primary, Secondary and SEN teachers/co-ordinators of Design and Technology.

Teachers TV is currently offering training sessions to groups of teachers to show how its
videos and resources can be used to support in-school training and staff development. The
training sessions are available to CPD leaders, middle and senior managers, governors,
teaching assistants and classroom teachers at different stages in their career. They tackle
different topics around classroom practice and school improvement. The sessions show
audiences how to use Teachers TV to identify relevant content to support their own
development needs and those of their colleagues. They provide practical ideas for
implementation in the classroom or across the school, and aim to stimulate debate and
discussion with staff in school.

For further branch workshop details and a booking form visit here or email
General D&T News

Sir John Sorrell

Sir John Sorrell has been appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Business
Ambassador to champion the UK's creative industries abroad. We are delighted that Sir John has agreed to
present the awards to the winners at our Annual Excellence Awards presentation evening in
London on Friday 19 March.

Diploma student numbers published

The DCSF finally revealed on 23 December the numbers of students who took up one of the
new Diploma courses this Autumn. Figures revealed that 36,441 teenagers are now taking a
Diploma qualification, with the creative and media Diploma being most popular, accounting for
nearly 30% of all students. Although lower than the 40,000 target, the figures have been
hailed by the DCSF as a triumph. However, the figures reveal that some of the Diplomas are
very unpopular - only 144 young people nationally, for example, are taking the Manufacturing
and Product Design Diploma at all levels.

New careers education and guidance resources available from TDA

The Training Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has developed several online CPD
resources to help teachers provide career-related information, advice and guidance (IAG).
The resources clarify the recent 14-19 curriculum reforms, identify sources of specialist IAG
and explain how learning routes through the 14–19 phase have expanded. Sections include
helping teachers to embed IAG within subject delivery, teacher and school roles in delivery,
and the benefits of IAG for students. There are also case studies and CPD session materials
to help teachers deliver IAG. The resources are all available from the TDA‟s new IAG web

„Have your say‟

Edge, an independent education foundation, is running a campaign in the lead up to the
general election and wants as many people as possible to have their say in why young people
need more practical and vocational learning options. To „have your say‟ go to

Where do Engineering Graduates Go? – Engineering UK briefing paper

The engineering and manufacturing sectors are key economic and social drivers for the UK
contributing £799 billion to the economy and must be well placed to meet the future global
technological challenges that lay ahead such as climate change, low carbon economy, clean
water, infrastructure renewal and population growth – but they will require a constant flow of
highly skilled graduates and postgraduates.

This paper, compiled by EngineeringUK, shows that the trend has continued in 2007/08 for
E&T graduates to be more likely than average to be in full time employment within six months
of graduation. And nearly three quarters (74%) of those E&T graduates who do go into
employment work for employers whose primary activity is E&T or related.

Also worthy of note are the findings that E&T also has an above average high proportion of
students from outside the UK, particularly at higher degree (27.2% UK) and doctorate level
(38.0% UK) compared to all subjects (44.9% and 57.7% respectively). If you have any
comments on this paper or would like future briefing papers sent to additional colleagues,
please send details to

Call for Volunteers - The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers
Fair 2010, Manchester

The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at Manchester Central 11-13 March
2010 is looking for hundreds of volunteers of all levels of experience and STEM knowledge
across all three days of the Fair. Full training will be provided (1 day) and at least 1 day for
volunteering on site is required. For more information please contact and for event details visit

IET Young Women Engineers of the Year

Sally Walters, a Senior Civil Engineer for Pell-Frischmann Consulting Engineers in Exeter has
been announced as the winner of the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2009. She
was presented with the award by Kate Walsh at the awards ceremony at IET London: Savoy
Place on 1 December 2009. Sally joins a prestigious list of exceptionally talented, dynamic
female engineers who have inspired generations of women to enter the engineering
profession since the programme began in 1978. Full details of Sally‟s achievements and a list
of all the winners can be found at

Dragons‟ Den

Entrepreneurs from across the country once again have a chance to make their business
dreams come true by appearing on Dragons‟ Den. If you‟re genuinely seeking investment for
your business idea or invention, the BBC would like to hear from you. Last series all the
Dragons were won over by entrepreneur Sharon Wright and the simplicity of her cable wiring
device; Rupert Sweet-Escott went into business with James Caan who was impressed with
his unique range of aviation designs and prototypes; and Carol Savage chose to accept
Deborah Meaden's offer of a cash injection into her tasty new food networking website. To
download an application form visit

Tomorrow‟s Engineers – launched January 2010

EngineeringUK and The Royal Academy of Engineering have announced the launch of
„Tomorrow‟s Engineers‟ - a determined effort to reach out to the next generation of engineers
and technicians at a time when society and the economy needs them most, which brings
together a number of well-established organisations that promote engineering to young
people. It intends to extend the reach of these organisations by providing funding for work
with young people and support with identifying schools and evaluating impact. It builds on the
work of the Best Programme, which will continue to support post-19 engineering students with
Tomorrow‟s Engineers reaching out to younger people.
M&S works with Rowett Institute to produce sandwiches that help
“control hunger”

A Scottish-Government funded research institute has helped create a new diet range of
sandwiches that is said to help “control hunger”. The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
in Aberdeen has been working with Marks & Spencer to develop the “Simply Fuller Longer”
range of products. Research indicates that meals rich in protein help to satisfy volunteers'
appetites and so help them to lose weight without feeling hungry. The new sandwiches are
based on this principle.

Food Standards Agency Strategy for 2010–2015 published

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its Strategy for 2010-2015. The document
sets out the FSA‟s key objectives and priorities and describes the outcomes and approaches
the FSA and others will take to safeguard the UK‟s food and encourage positive dietary
change. The FSA‟s objective is to ensure that consumers are eating safer food and choosing
healthier and more balanced meals by 2015.

Real Meals Cookbook – revised edition

The final version of the revised Real Meals cookbook, sponsored by the Secretary of State Ed
Balls MP has now been launched and is available to order or download at Teachernet. This is
very similar to the first cookbook but a few of the recipes have been replaced with a wider
variety of dishes, including fish, turkey, and fruit.

Creative thinking „not rated‟ by state

Academics claim STEM policies threaten UK‟s „last remaining world-leading sector‟.
Disgruntled leaders of creative universities protested about the way they are treated by the
Government after a junior minister rejected repeated warnings that policies favouring science
over creative subjects would lead to economic decline. Nigel Carrington, rector of the
University of the Arts London, told a London conference in November that plans to focus
scarce funds on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects failed to
recognise the economic importance of the creative industries. From Times Higher Education

Why design should be rated alongside science

Design education is as important to the future of the economy as the sciences, technology,
mathematics and engineering, and should be given equal support, says Elaine Thomas, Vice-
chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts . Guardian article in full here.
Courses, Conferences and Events

baseLearning Event

Wednesday 17 March 2010, ExCel, London (9.00am-1.00pm)

Bringing business together with education, baseLearning is about education and skills in a
low-carbon economy. Its focus is on science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) subjects and the career options that these open for young people, via vocational,
technical and academic routes to employment. Its content connects classroom attainment
with careers in today‟s sustainable business environment. It aims to facilitate constructive
debate between education and industry that will lead to productive relationships that engage,
inspire and prepare young people for working life. The day opens with Rt Hon Ed Miliband
MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at 9.00. Richard Green, Chief
Executive of the Design and Technology Association, will be moderating a roundtable
discussion at the event.

A number of complimentary places are available for school/college leaders and STEM
teachers. For full details of the programme and details on how to apply for complimentary
passes visit

Becta Developing 21st Century Teaching and Learning – free events for

February and March 2010

With the existing developments at Key Stage 3 and the proposed changes to the primary
curriculum, the development of 21st Century teaching and Learning with technology is
something which is vital to us all. These conferences for ASTs, Leading Teachers and those
who support them are designed to start from the needs of curriculum design and explore how
ICT can be used to add real value to all areas of the curriculum. The conferences, which are
jointly supported by the QCDA, TDA and GTCE, will be held in Birmingham, Bristol,
Manchester and London. Places are limited and are on a first-come first-served basis. For full
details and dates and to register visit

Box Clever event – Design Museum, London, for ages 5-11

Sunday 7 and 28 February 2010 (2.00pm-5.00pm)

Taking inspiration from the current exhibition of innovative product design Less and More –
The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams, participants are challenged to design the prototype of a
fantasy object for their home, starting with only a blank white box and armed with a kit of
design tools and materials. Workshops are £4 per child All children must be accompanied by
an adult.

Accompanying adults free with normal museum entry (£8.50). Booking is essential. Contact
the Design Museum on 020 7940 8783 or email

Building spaces for the future
Wednesday 3 March – Royal Society, London (10am-12.00pm)

This is a free event that will draw on recent research by Futurelab about young people‟s view
of what learning spaces should look like in the future to offer practical support to Local
Authorities, schools and those going through building programmes such as BSF and PCP. It
will help you to ensure that the buildings and spaces that you create will still be functional in
the future and will take into account what education should look like in the future rather than
what it is now. To register contact For further information, go to

CPD for D&T - Updates for Textiles Technology

Thursday 25 February - Hill Valley Hotel, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Delivered by Julie Messenger, Paul Clewes and Paul Marks this 10th annual update provides
the opportunity for textiles teachers to be updated on some of the developments in their
specialist area and to share good practice and issues. There is a substantial practical element
to the day where delegates will develop new skills in working textile materials. Only a few
places left. For a flier with details email

Design Museum – Children‟s Tours

Wednesday 17 February, Saturday 13 March, Wednesday 14 April 2010,
2.30pm (ages 5 – 11) - Design Museum, London

A fun and engaging half hour guided tour through the museum for 5 - 11 year olds. The tour
starts with a general introduction to the Design Museum and then continues with highlights
from our current exhibitions. No need to book in advance. Tours are free with museum
entrance - children under 12 free, accompanying adults £8.50.

Developing the Role of the Design & Technology Subject Leader

10–12 February 2010 and 28–30 June 2010, National Science Learning
Centre, York

Cost: £1095 + VAT Eligible for an ENTHUSE Award*: £2295

This accredited course will develop your skills to enable you to lead design and technology in
your school. It will focus on suggestions in the Primary Review that science and design and
technology will be placed together as an area of learning in the future curriculum, as well as
exploring how to make effective connections between the two subjects. The following
sessions will be included within the course textiles, food, mechanisms and electrical control,
assessment, questioning skills, designing, cross curricular links and health and safety.

* This bursary is available to all teachers from maintained schools which will help cover
schools costs such as the need for classroom cover, as well as a small amount of money to
help you implement ideas when they are back in the classroom. For details or to book please

Ecobuild Conference 2010
Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 March, Earls Court, London

The Ecobuild conference focuses on emerging issues, new thinking and challenging ideas.
For 2010, there is much to assess and debate: the progress made in putting sustainability at
the core of construction and the built environment: the future direction the sector needs to
take: how quickly and with what impact and to what effect. This year‟s conference looks at the
challenges facing the sector as a whole and house building in particular, how sustainability
can be achievable even in a downturn, why the existing stock must be the new priority, and
how energy generation has become a key issue at a micro and local level.

Education for Sustainable Development – linking to design & technology

Wednesday 24 March 2010, Leeds (1.00pm – 4.00pm)

The Design & Technology Association is supporting Government Office for Yorkshire and The
Humber and the TDA who are organising a briefing for teacher trainers and school mentors
on how to build education for sustainability into initial teacher training. This is partly in
response to guidance from DCSF and OFSTED. It is also to encourage new teachers to feel
confident in raising issues around climate change and to see how understanding can be
developed through their own subjects. Themes which will be covered include:
    exploring how these issues can be built into mainstream D&T curriculum and STEM
    learning about sustainable development and climate change
    linking with industry using sustainable development contexts – out of school learning
    how to link ESD to TDA standards
    the DCSF 8 Sustainable Schools Doorways
The day is geared towards all people who train teachers – at HEIs, SCITS, as mentors in
schools or through Graduate Training Programmes. For further information email Catherine

First Announcement and Call for Papers: epiSTEME – 4

5-9 January 2011, Mumbai, India

Conference epiSTEME-4 is the fourth in a series of biennial conferences aimed at reviewing
research world-wide in science, technology and mathematics education. It is being organised
by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, a National Centre of the Tata Institute of
Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. Science, technology and mathematics education
(STME) have, in recent decades, emerged as lively new research areas. This research,
inspired by issues of learning and teaching, has clear uniting themes in the cognitive,
pedagogical, historical, philosophical and socio-cultural aspects of the sciences. Three broad
strands of research that impact STME will form the core of epiSTEME- 4: Strand 1 -
Historical, philosophical and socio-cultural studies of STME: implications for education; Strand
2 - Cognitive and affective studies of STME; Strand 3 - Curriculum and pedagogical studies in

Papers are invited on the themes listed above. Submissions must be made online in the form
of full papers of 6-8 pages (maximum of 8 pages including references). Details and a template
for submission may be downloaded from the conference webpage.
Get into...Product Design: 3-day Design Course

Design Museum, London - Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 February 2010
10.30am – 3.30pm each day £125 (Ages 12 – 16)

Inspired by the elegant and influential style of Dieter Rams, work with designer Giles Miller
from Farm Studios to create your own product design solutions and prototypes on this 3 day
course for a small group. For more information and to book please contact the Learning Team
on 020 7940 8782, email or visit

Royal Society for Public Health Courses

Food Allergies - a one day course
Wednesday 24 March 2010, London

Food allergies are a growing issue in today‟s society and food safety professionals need to be
well trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of food allergy legislation, guidance,
symptoms and treatment. Visit

HACCP in Practice for Environmental Health Practitioners
Wednesday 21 April 2010, London

Using Accelerated Learning techniques, this workshop will be interactive, and fun. Workshop
exercises will concentrate on the practical application of HACCP in catering, manufacturing
and retail situations. Visit

Update for Food Safety Professionals
Wednesday 12 May 2010, London

This interactive programme is a must for any food safety professional who took their
qualification some time ago and needs to update their skills and knowledge on food safety
legislation, food poisoning trends and hazards and food incident procedures.Visit

Sevenoaks School – Science and Engineering Week 2010: Invitation to
local schools

Monday 15 – Friday 19 March 2010, Sevenoaks School, Kent

Graeme Lawrie, Head of Science and Technology at Sevenoaks School, has produced a
fabulous week-long programme of exciting and inspiring events open to their local primary
and secondary schools, free of charge. Activities scheduled include visiting Russian
cosmonauts, nine foot tall singing robots, an inflatable planetarium, visiting lecturers from the
London Science Museum and Techniquest (South Wales) as well as a Young Engineers
(STEM) competition day on the Monday. For further information email

SpeedStep Accredited Teacher Training Course
6 and 13 February and 20 March 2010 (3 day Saturday course) - Finham
Park School, Coventry

For all teachers of product design and textiles across key stages 3,4 and 5. Training is
delivered by Heidi Ambrose-Brown. Full details can be found on or

SpeedStep – FREE Refresher Course

Saturday 20 February – Finham Park School, Coventry (10.00am –

This is a FREE course for teachers who have already attended the accredited teacher training
course. You will be able to go over the basic features of SpeedStep and build up your
confidence in using it again. Specific problems can be dealt with and those teachers who
need to complete their case study can gain guidance and support in achieving their
accreditation. A wide range of exemplar work created using SpeedStep and other resources
will be available to inspire teachers in slotting SpeedStep into their current schemes of work.
Teachers must already be registered with the D&T Association. This is not a course for those
new to SpeedStep or for those who are currently using it confidently. An advance course will
hopefully run in the Summer Term of 2010. To register email Heidi Ambrose-Brown with the
following details: name, school address, personal email, date(s) of previous training and
name of trainer at

Storytelling in Stitch - Create your own hand-stitched textiles

Tuesdays , 2 February-9 March, Art Studio,Sackler Centre (2.30pm –

Learn how to „write with a needle‟ in this fascinating course. Discover how to re-create the
spontaneity and rhythm of handwriting with a needle through careful analysis of the letterform
with artist Rosalind Wyatt. Suitable for beginners. £180, no concessions (includes materials).
To book call 020 7942 2211.

Sustainably STEM

Tuesday 23 February 2010, Beverley High School, Norwood, Beverley

A stimulating day long event using 'green' technologies to teach science, maths and D&T in
an integrated way. In the afternoon there will be practical activities making electricity
generators, wind turbines and eco bags. Leave with lots of good ideas and a pack of teaching
materials. Course costs £80 includes lunch. For details email Trish Colley at

Sustainable Schools Curriculum Development Conference – Compelling
Learning Experiences in Sustainability

Tuesday 9 March, 9.45am – 4.00pm – Sheffield Megacentre
The aim of this conference, organised by The Yorkshire and Humber Sustainable Schools
Partners‟ Network for head teachers and teachers, is to develop and disseminate innovative
curriculum development work in Yorkshire and Humber primary and secondary schools –
linked to the DCSF sustainable schools doorway themes and the wider regional and national
indicators on sustainable development. The conference will offer delegates the opportunity for
hands on curriculum innovation work linked to the DCSF Sustainable Schools Framework and
the new QCDA guide entitled „Sustainable Development in Action – A Curriculum Planning
Guide for Schools‟ – visit There will be a strong green STEM focus
and James Pitt from University of York will be running a Closed Loops D&T workshop.
Admission is free. To book or for further details contact Grant Dyson at

Would you like to learn more about electronics and engineering?

Are you interested in improving your knowledge and collaborating with experts and fellow
teachers to create new classroom activities? If yes, the National Science Learning Centre is
running two courses that will be of interest to you.

Practical Introduction to Electronics has been created in partnership with D&T Association
and is a unique practical course that introduces a range of „design and make‟ projects for a
KS3 or KS4 scheme of work. For details visit

Engineering Across the Curriculum positions engineering at the centre of everyday life and
challenges traditional thinking on the subject. This course runs across two residential periods
and places emphasis on the subjects‟ cross-curricular importance. For details visit

Specially developed to address the need for quality CPD within this area, these courses
qualify for an ENTHUSE Award. ENTHUSE Awards are a bursary available to teachers and
lecturers from maintained schools and colleges. The money awarded can be used towards
fees, supply cover and a contribution to follow-up activities.

Competitions and Awards

Bosch/Royal Academy of Engineering Technology Horizons Award 2010

The Royal Academy of Engineering is once again supporting this award which is an essay
competition open to all young people aged between 14-24. One of the main aims is to raise
the profile of engineering and technology among young people. The title of the essay is „Is
engineering and technology essential for future development?‟ Each finalist from the two
categories for ages 14-18 and 19-24 will be awarded a cash prize and will attend a
presentation in July at the Academy‟s headquarters where they will meet high profile
representatives from the world of science and engineering. The deadline for entries is 22
March 2010. For full details visit

British Glove Association – Student Design Competition 2010

The British Glove Association, in association with the Worshipful Company of Glovers, has
announced its Student Design Competition 2010; the purpose of the competition is to
encourage students to create original yet practical glove designs. Each entry should consist of
a design for one pair of gloves intended for the Lady Mayoress to wear during the Lord
Mayor's Show in the City of London in November 2010. The closing date for entries is 31
March 2010. For further details visit

Create 2010, Edinburgh- Student Design Competition

Create10 is a conference that celebrates innovative interaction design. This competition is
aimed at students from a range of disciplines, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in
interaction design, product design, industrial design, communications design, architecture,
fashion, multimedia, HCI, and related fields. The conference theme of „transitions‟ is the
inspiration for this competition brief. Entries are invited which scope, explore, define and
prototype interactions that make transitions visible. Deadline for entries is 31 March 2010. For
full details visit

CREST Awards – creativity in the classroom

CREST is a national award scheme for project work in STEM subjects (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Maths). It gives young people aged 11-19 creative opportunities to explore
„real world‟ D&T projects in a way that ties closely with the curriculum. There are three
CREST levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze helps KS3 students develop project skills
that will propel them towards their GCSE D&T coursework. Silver Awards are a great way to
recognise students‟ work in the run up to their GSCE exams. For details visit

EU Funding for Vocational Education and Training Projects

The European Commission has announced that its Leonardo Da Vinci fund will re-open for
applications towards the end of 2009 with an application deadline of early 2010.

Leonardo Da Vinci is part of the EU‟s Lifelong Learning Programme, open to educational and
training organizations from the private, public and third sector, and provides funding for
European vocational education and training projects. Projects need to involve other European
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IET Young Woman Engineer Award 2010

The IET are searching for a dynamic young woman who represents the very best of the
engineering profession. She should be an inspiration to her colleagues and, just as
importantly, have the charisma and personality to inspire others to follow in her footsteps. So
if you have a colleague who meets the exacting criteria – nominate her today. Or, if you
believe you personify the qualities described, nominate yourself instead. These qualities are
greatly in demand and the IET believe the world of engineering would like to see more of you.
The deadline for 2010 award entries is Friday 30 July 2010. Download an entry form now at

Let‟s Get Cooking – Associate Club Funding

Let‟s Get Cooking is a national network of healthy cooking clubs for children and parents,
backed by £20 million from the Big Lottery Fund. Let's Get Cooking associate clubs receive
£500 to help open their cooking activities out to parents and members of their local
community as well as a range of resources including recipes, activity ideas, wall charts and
much more. Members can also access the Club Zone of their website to link up with other
clubs in your area and find out about competitions, training and events. To apply to become
an associate club visit

Micromouse Challenge 2010

This year‟s event, co-ordinated by Dr Tony Wilcox of Birmingham City University, is
provisionally scheduled to take place on 26 June at the thinktank, Birmingham. BCU PTC
Academy will be participating again this year – will you? For more details visit and

Northern Design Competition 2010

These awards are open to students in post-16 education in the north of England, Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland in all creative arts. The main categories include Architectural
Design, Fashion Design, Film & Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media,
Photography and Product Design. In each of these categories there will be a £1,000 cash
prize for the winner. Second prize winners in each category will receive £100 and third prize
will receive £50. The overall competition winner will receive a further £2,000. The deadline for
entries is Friday 23 April. Register now at

Student Starpack Packaging Design Awards Open for Entry 2010

The Student Starpack Awards 2010 are now open for entry to college and university students
on a wide range of courses, some with a graphics emphasis and others concerned with
structural and product design, as well as those from materials and technology courses and
graduates. There are 10 different briefs to choose from and top prizes from top sponsors.
Entrants must submit solutions to problems set by brand-leading FMCG companies, design
agencies, and manufacturers. Deadline for entries is Friday 5 March 2010. For full details visit or contact

Resources and Weblinks
Carbon-eating walls and urban lighting from sparkling bacteria – a
vision of cities of the future

Design v technology or Design and Technology? An interesting

Dieter Rams‟s 10 Principles of Good Design

From House to Home – video from the Home Renaissance Foundation

Pioneering hygienic porter‟s chair design enters production phase

D&T Association Corporate Members‟ News

A1 Technologies wins Digital Devices Award at BETT 2010 Show in

The low-cost BfB RapMan 3D Printer has won the Digital Devices Award at the world‟s largest
educational technology event. Since its inception early in 2009, A1 Technologies has been
fully committed to bringing advanced, low-cost, 3D technology into the classroom. Martin
Stevens, A1 Technologies‟ CEO, commented “I firmly believe that children - of any age -
should be able to interact with 3D technology. Having watched first hand as children soak up
and quickly grasp 3D concepts with the RapMan and with our other products, I am inspired by
their initiative and resourcefulness.

Boxford A1 router stars on BBC TV – in an unusual role...!

Over the Christmas period the BBC broadcast a „Day of the Triffids‟ special. An eagle-eyed
viewer with D&T connections informed the company that he was sure that they were using a
Boxford A1 sized router in the programme as a Triffid propagator. Boxford checked and sure
enough they were. All Boxford marks were covered up but there is no doubt about what it
was...! (Please note: Boxford have informed us that they do not recommend that their
equipment is used in the propagation of alien life-forms and that doing so will invalidate the

F1 in Schools Ireland welcomes two new patrons

F1 in Schools Ireland, the national competition of this global initiative founded by Denford, has
welcomed two new patrons, BBC TV pundit and former F1 team owner, Eddie Jordan and
CEO of Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit, Richard Cregan. A number of prominent F1 Technical
gurus are now patrons of F1 in Schools including Mike Gascoyne of Lotus F1, Adrian Newey
from Red Bull Racing and Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the championship-winning Brawn
GP (soon to be Mercedes Grand Prix). For more details of the programme visit For Denford visit

Museums and Galleries
CUBE - Manchester
Alan Fletcher: Fifty years of graphic work (and play) – until Saturday 3 April 2010

The Design Museum, London
Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams - until 7 March 2010

Ergonomics – Real Design – to 7 March 2010

Hub National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
Cultex: Textile as a cross-cultural language – until Sunday 18 April 2010

The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Spaces of Labour – until Sunday 14 March 2010

The Science Museum, London
1001 Inventions – until Sunday 25 April 2010

Fast Forward – 20 Ways F1 is Changing our World – until Monday 5 April 2010

Tate Modern, London
Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World - 4 February-16
May 2010

V&A, London
Decode: Design Sensations – until 11 April 2010

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