Supporting Textile Specialists to Deliver D&T GCSE Core Content

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D&T GCSE supporting textiles

Supporting Textile Specialists to Deliver D&T GCSE Core Content            
 £175 (per person) 
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Blended learning course equivalent to a one day training course
2 hours live online training plus a self directed study programme (approx. 4 hours)

This course can also be run as a bespoke course either as the online version outlined below or as a face to face course one day course. Find out more

Choose the date you want to attend the online session
You attend 1 x 2hr online session - choose the date that suits you below

15th June 2023   3.45pm - 5.45pm 

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How the course is delivered

  • This is a blended learning course equivalent to a one day training course. It has a mix of 2 hours live online training, as well as at least 4 hours self directed study activities.
  • Online sessions are usually delivered via Zoom.
  • The course fee pays for one person to attend the live online session. They will be asked to participate via audio or video.
  • The online session includes hands on interactive activities and a resource pack is sent to participants before the session. 
  • As part of the self directed study participants will be provided with electronic resources with activities and reading that supports the content of the course. The self directed activities can be carried out at any time and are designed to support participants to create a personalised CPD programme that helps develop a curriculum over time

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  • Identify how textiles fits into the D&T GCSE in a way that retains its creativity and uniqueness 
  • Develop knowledge for D&T GCSE core content that teachers may be less confident with
  • Develop a textiles curriculum from KS3 - 5 that embraces a broader materials approach 
  • Strategies that embrace textile traditions as well as encouraging innovation and change

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  • A brief overview of learning in the D&T GCSE (England). Note that reference is made to the NEA but the main focus will be on the core content related to the exam.
  • Identifying core content learning that textiles specialist may feel less familiar with.
  • Ideas for activities that are creative and which help bring the core content to life helping to make it relevant to textiles.
  • A range of learning content will be covered during the day but in particular this course will focus on areas of the core content textiles teachers have said they feel less confident in delivering e.g. non textiles materials, levers & mechanisms (content isn't targeted at any single exam board and is suitable for all specifications).
  • An approach that celebrates the traditional creativity and uniqueness of textiles whilst still embracing new ideas and a broader materials approach to D&T.
  • Reinvigorate your teaching & create a buzz about textiles in the D&T GCSE.
  • Challenge perceptions and stereotypes about what textiles is and use the D&T GCSE to strengthen the position of textiles and to raise its profile. 
  • The courses encourages you to think differently & to challenge & reflect on how you currently do things. 
  • The course is suitable for textiles teachers and assumes some basic textiles knowledge. It is particularly suitable for anyone who wants to embrace the D&T GCSE but who feels less confident in some of the areas of the core content. Some of the content will be also be relevant to the D&T GCSE qualification in general and many resources will be of use to your whole department. 


  • As every D&T department is different the course doesn’t provide an an off the shelf ‘one size fits all’ scheme of learning. Instead the course gives participants tools and ideas to develop a personalised approach to the curriculum.
  • There isn't time to cover every aspect of the core content and the aim is to show a broader overview of how it's possible for textiles to remain strong at GCSE level, embracing elements of both traditional textiles as well as newer ideas. 

making it work in textiles

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Resources participants get

  • Tools to identify key learning for D&T GCSE and in particular to identify core content learning textiles specialist may feel less familiar with.
  • Resources to be able to carry out interactive hands on activities during the live online session, along with additional materials for some of the self directed learning activities so you can have a go at some of them straight away. 
  • Mini material samples pack with materials linked to the D&T GCSE core content. 
  • Electronic resources to support content covered in the online session, much of which can be used immediately back in the classroom. Additional resources are also provided for additional activities as part of the self directed study content. 
  • Important note: Participants will be sent resources to use during some of the online activities so make sure we have the name of the person these have to be sent to. 

Textiles D&T GCSE support

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Technical requirements to access the course

For the best experience we recommend:

  • Accessing the session via a computer as this will enable you to see the detail of the content better
  • Use of headphones as this will enable the use of audio/video interaction where applicable
  • Space on your work table will allow you to take part in some of the interactive activities
  • Important note: Participants will be sent resources to use during some of the online activities so make sure we have the name of the person these have to be sent to.

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What delegates say about this course

  • Hands on, lots of ideas, all clearly explained, directly relates to textiles, very empowering and confidence boosting. 
  • Great - especially in terms of building links between textiles and other material areas. I can’t wait to get started on the self directed activities now!
  • Excellent course, really helped me clarify things and gave me food for thought. 
  • My head is buzzing with ideas and I feel much better equipped to develop our curriculum offer. 
  • Excellent, inspiring & useful. Information on other materials areas as well as textiles was really useful to get the bigger picture across D&T.
  • Great range of resources and ideas - the resources are excellent & there are clear links back to the curriculum. 
  • I was so excited when I got the resources box through the post and couldn’t wait for the online session to start.

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