Creating an Effective Curriculum in KS3 & GCSE D&T

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Curriculum planning for D&T

State funded schools can apply for an Enthuse Bursary (funds part of the course fee & accommodation)

We deliver this course on behalf of the STEM Centre so bookings & bursary queries  are made via the STEM Centre website

This is a live face to face course

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  • explore how the key stage 3 curriculum can be developed to better prepare students for the design and technology GCSE
  • plan a GCSE curriculum that builds on key stage 3 and which prepares students for A level
  • gain resources to support an engaging and progression focused key stage 3 and GCSE curriculum
  • Note this is the same course as the one previously delivered with the title ‘Getting it Right in Key Stage 3, Laying Good Foundations for Design and Technology GCSE’ and delegates who attended the original course should not attend this one.
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Review your curriculum and reflect on how your department can develop a programme of learning that supports progression from key stage 3 through to GCSE.

This course will focus on the designing and making attainment target at key stage 3, as well as the design and technology GCSE qualification, and is relevant to all material areas (please note, it will not include the cooking and nutrition attainment target). The 2 days aims to develop a robust key stage 3 curriculum, providing a solid foundation for the requirements of design and technology at GCSE, as well as supporting the planning and development of a GCSE curriculum that underpins further study at A level.

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During this course, we will:

  • provide a framework for self-assessment of your current key stage 3 and GCSE curriculum
  • look at how key stage 3 supports the design and technology GCSE and what steps can be taken to ensure that students are fully prepared when they arrive at key stage 4
  • consider new ideas, strategies and approaches to the key skills and knowledge required at key stage 3 and GCSE, in order to create an exciting and engaging curriculum that raises the profile of design and technology and encourages students to opt for it
  • discover a range of strategies and ideas that create an engaging curriculum, embedding progression and creativity
  • support you to develop a personalised action plan for your department
  • provide resources to take away that will help you to develop your curriculum

What Delegates say about this course

Excellent information and discussion, well led, with well-planned sessions and resources. There was ample time to reflect and to develop skills, with areas that were well thought out and thought provoking. A lot of relevant matters that were essential to forward planning with a lot of "I hadn't thought of that" ideas.

Both Paul and Julie are in touch with what is really going on out there in our subject. 

Very useful information with regards to implementing content into GCSE through links to KS3 teaching. 

Really useful, informative and thought provoking. Lots to take back to my department. 

Friendly, supportive and positive delivery. Informative and empowering.

Fantastic - a fresh approach incorporating what we already do with new ideas. I will be using these ideas straight away. 

How to book this course

We deliver this course on behalf of the STEM Centre so bookings & queries about the bursary are made via the STEM Centre website

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