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Design Technology

Design Technology sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating.

Our Design and Technology curriculum will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.

Our curriculum aims for Design Technology are framed around the National Curriculum and the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow students to engage with wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors in order to become more inquisitive about the wider world in which they live.

Students get the opportunity, across the rotations within KS3, to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise across the four key disciplines of graphics, Food, DT and Textiles – considering both domestic and industrial contexts. Across these key disciplines we support students to select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture. Our GCSE programme of study allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. Students also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. A range of written and practical activities will allow them to critique, evaluate and test their own ideas and products alongside the work of others. The foundation of this subject lies in the powerful iterative design process as defined by design agencies such as IDEO.

Additionally, the subject is enhanced by a focusing on Human Centred Design, exploring new and emerging technologies, (such as those being developed by Neri Oxman at MIT), and working within the context of the profound ideas of The Circular Economy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Design and Technology allows students to be the best they can be and through our high-quality design and technology curriculum we intend to make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.