Design careers, wood tailoring, literacy & numeracy & useful links

Have you booked your ticket for London Textiles Teacher Roadshow yet? There are just 3 weeks left to book your place for a great day celebrating textiles with workshops, resources and freebies all for just £42. The focus is on the new GCSE D&T but the workshops and resources will also be relevant to those delivering art textiles and the Tech Awards. Book your place now.


See the photos from the Nottingham Roadshow in October which will be the same as the London event. 

See the eleven free A2 posters on textiles that each delegate who attends the Roadshow will receive.

Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

11th Nov - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification in Liverpool (too late to book this event but why not look at the dates in London & Nottingham?)

24th Nov - Kitronik Teacher Evening with Just Add Sharks, BBC micro:bit & pizza!

25th/26th Nov - Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in D&T course

25th - 27th Nov - New Design Museum opening weekend

3rd Dec - The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Parsons Green, London £42 - Book soon as half the tickets have now sold

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#ThinkDo                        Quick activities with a free photo. Find out more

Cotton 9983

#ThinkDo Poster in Ikea pledging to use cotton that is socially & environmentally responsible. Outline the different ways they might do this. 

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

See regular #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook

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Let’s Learn                 This week’s featured resources. See all resources              

Wood Tailoring

Includes a video of the wood tailoring process & similar activities students can experiment with

The work Färg and Blanche, a Swedish and French design duo, combines materials and techniques in an interesting way. Their ‘Wood Tailoring’ range consists of plywood stitched together using heavy duty sewing machines. Fredrik Färg says "Sewing is so heavily associated with the fashion industry but we like to think we're tailoring each of these pieces to create Haute Couture furniture,”.

Design careers

Great for the ‘past & present professionals’ section of the new GCSE D&T as well as the careers section of the Tech Awards

AllCreative is a website that aims to showcase a range of careers in the creative industries and their importance to the UK economy. It includes a wide range of professionals within the design industry from fashion, architecture to graphic design. (via Louise Burnett on the Design and Technology Teachers Forum) 

See all of the Let’s Learn resources

Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy have a high profile in all subject areas and this is further emphasised by the maths content in the new GCSE D&T. There are a wide range of strategies commonly used in schools such as learning mats, keyword walls, and model answers and the links below include a range of websites that offer support. 

DfE document on literacy and numeracy

National Numeracy website supporting mathematical thinking in everyday life

The National Numeracy Challenge - an interactive website that helps young people and adults improve their maths skills 

The Literacy Trust website supporting the development of literacy skills

Take a look at the literacy and numeracy resources on, including free downloads for literacy and numeracy mats. 

literacy numeracy pencils

These pencils are a fun, low key way of raising the profiles of literacy and numeracy. The Stabilo timetables pencils are from Wilko and are 4 for £1.50. The word count pencil shows how many words you have written as it wears down and was created Mark Champions who is the artist in residence for the London Science Museum (and the pencils can be purchased in their shop)

Useful Links

The story behind the Solar Puff light pillow inspired by origami and developed after the Haiti earthquake 2010 for those that have no access to electricity across the world

History of the origins of African Vlisco fabrics that have become a mainstay of African fashion

Football kits by Adidas for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid made from up-cycled marine plastic debris and featuring water based environmentally friendly prints. 

Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

NEW 'Product In A Tin’ Competition (deadline 1st August 2017)

After the success of the 2016 competition the theme of a ‘Product in a Tin’ continues for a second year but with a few changes that make it a little different.  

Find out more about the 2017 competition & see all the resources that support teachers and students

See the 2016 winners

Course Updates 

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 11th November, Liverpool   

(14th Dec, London, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom  25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days), STEM Centre, York. See photosBursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 3rd Dec, London  INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T  New content for the new academic year: focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE £42 & Includes freebies  BOOK SOON AS HALF THE TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 days), STEM Centre, York
Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee.

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Jan, Nottingham & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED

A Beginner’s Guide to Electronics  NEW
13th January 2017, Nottingham

Includes components to take away

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 14th January, Nottingham 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 24th Jan London also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 11th January, Nottingham NEW
Bursary available which pays the course fee. 
(Also 27th March, 

Leading an Effective D&T Department 18/19 Jan & 21/22 June (4 day residential split into 2 x 2 day blocks. Note we're delivering 18 Jan & 22 June only) STEM Centre, York Bursary available which pays course & accommodation fee

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 23rd January, University of East London NEW

(also Liverpool 30th January)

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing, 23rd January, University of East London NEW

Suitable for all D&T teachers

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification 24th January, University of East London 
(11th Nov, Liverpool, 14th Dec, London, & 14th Jan Nottingham also available) NEW DATES ADDED

Maximising Progression & Developing Exam Technique for A Level Product Design Textiles 30th January, Liverpool NEW

(also London 23rd January)

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners 3rd February, Nottingham NEW

Includes components to take away & project ideas

Microcontrollers & Programming in Electronics & E-textiles 4th February, Nottingham NEW 

Includes components to take away

Preparing to Teach the New Design and Technology AS and A Levels 10th & 11th February (2 days) Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. NEW

Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 4th & 5th May 2017 (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? 
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