D&T on the t.v., getting to know your tutor group, curriculum updates, & lots of free resources


I hope everyone has had a good start to the new term.†I’ve been busy this week creating a free resource on careers in textiles which will hopefully be released some time next week.†Did you know†there’s†a predicted growth of 15,000 - 20,000 textiles jobs by 2020 particularly in areas related to textiles technology? Did you know that Russell Group universities offer fashion and textiles courses? Did you know some fashion courses now ask for science or science related qualifications because of the high tech developments in the industry? All of this will be covered in the free resource††and details of how to download it will be posted on my Facebook page and in the†blog.†

Calendar† ††Things coming up soon include:

12th Sept - Last day to download the free resource offer of†127 #ThinkDo activities

11th Sept - Online support†7-8pm:†planning for the new food GCSE†

12th Sept - Online support 7.30pm for food teachers on†chilled education†

13th Sept -†D&T Futures: Wayne Hemingway Design Lecture†at Royal College of Arts, London 6pm - 7.30pm (free for D&TA members). If you can’t be there you can also watch it live via†tv.data.org.uk

16th - 20th Sept -†London Fashion Week

17th - 25th Sept -†London Design Festival

18th Sept -†World’s Largest Lesson†focusing on ending poverty, fighting inequality & injustice and fixing climate change

8th Oct -†The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, Nottingham (2/3rds of the tickets have sold so book soon to avoid disappointment)

Free Resources † † † † †Images, ideas & text are copyright of Julie Boyd & can’t be shared, sold or reproduced


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

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If you haven’t already†downloaded them there are just a few days left to download†the 127†#ThinkDo activity cards currently on offer via myFacebook†page (offer closes 12th†September). You can†access the resource here.†

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Click on†the†links below to see more:

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

Smart Materials

Includes discussion points & #ThinkDo activity cards

Find out more about photochromic and thermochromic materials including a mug, t.shirts, a babygro and a beer can

Away to Mars

Good for KS4 & 5 textiles students, particularly for extension activities & Post 16 independent study

A collaborative fashion design platform students can join where selected products are produced and sold.†

The Dyson brand

Links to past & present professionals in the curriculum

Focus on the design thinking behind Dyson products.†Useful for prototyping, testing & the benefits of failure when designing

See all of the†Let’s Learn resources

Curriculum Updates

The New GCSE & A Level D&T Qualifications

GCSE & A level submission dates

Many of you†will have seen over the holiday that none of the GCSE or A level specifications were passed by Ofqual. This was pretty much expected as something like 95% of all†qualifications in all subjects fail the initial submission.†

OCR have already submitted their specification and have uploaded the revised edition on their website. †Note this is the second draft and still has to be†reviewed by Ofqual.†Edexcel is due to resubmit today, Eduqas say theirs will be resubmitted on 29th†September but AQA won’t be resubmitting until 28th October. I don’t know how much we can read into the resubmission dates but it does tell us that we won’t get any final details for all exam boards until later in the year (and that assumes they are successful second time around).†

Resubmission dates for the A level are 8th September for Edexcel, 6th October for Eduqas, 14th October for OCR and 4th November for AQA.†

If you want to stay up to date with the resubmissions†this is the weblink to look at.†

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If you are looking for courses on the new GCSE take a look at the one we are running on behalf of Keynote Educational on 9th November, and the 2 day one at The National STEM Learning Centre on 9th & 10th December (which has a bursary that pays the fees if you are a state school or academy). If you want to find out more about textiles in the new GCSE look at the courses in London and Liverpool.†

In The News

D&T on the TV

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There have been quite a few D&T related programmes recently and this week this included a visit inside the Dyson factory featured on the Hidden Britain by Drone (episode 2) and footwear design and manufacture featured onInside the Factory (BBC 2).†

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The programme on footwear design was particularly interesting†with lots of useful learning points†relating to textiles as well as to D&T generally. The episode can be purchased from the BBC store for £1.89 (thanks to Jill Lesbirel for letting me know as I wasn’t aware of this) and it would be a useful classroom resource. It is available until†the end of the month on iPlayer for free and it†would be a great flipped learning homework.†Learning includes the manufacturing processes used when making a trainer, machinery used when making footwear, scales of production, designing a shoe, degree courses at Cordwainers, materials used for shoemaking, history of shoemaking, hand made ballet shoes compared to mass production. It is very boy friendly and helps combat some of the stereotypes about what textiles is.

There is also a programme on†Thursday 8th†September (as well as Thursday 15th) on BBC2 at 9pm called Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue which might also be†useful as a homework especially for A level textiles students.


The final one isn’t a mainstream t.v. programme but if you can’t get to the†D&T Futures: Wayne Hemingway Design Lecture†at Royal College of Arts in London on 13th†September you can watch it live via†tv.data.org.uk†(6pm - 7.30pm)

Tutor Time Activities

Getting to Know You


If you are looking for ways of getting to know your new tutor group over the next few weeks, especially younger groups, there are a couple of ideas on the links below:†http://goo.gl/DAxv0N


Course Updates†

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

servicingTextiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines†Dates coming soon for London, York & Nottingham. Email†julie@julieboyd.co.uk†to be informed when dates are released.†Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course fee.

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
8th Oct, Nottingham†INCLUDES NEW GCSE D&T
(3rd Dec, London also available)
New content for the new academic year: focus†on the place of textiles in the new GCSE†£42 &INCLUDES FREEBIES!

E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming†
4th & 5th Nov 2016,†(2 days),†STEM Centre, York.
Mightalso be on interest to non specialists.†See photos.Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course &†accommodation†fee.

Promoting Creativity,†Imagination & Independence:†Outstanding T&L in D&T (includes new GCSE)††(delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational) †9th November, London

GCSE†D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
11th November, Liverpool††
(14th Dec, London also available)

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom†- 25th & 26th November 2016 (2 days),†STEM Centre, York.†See photos.†Bursary available for state schools & academies which pays the course &†accommodation†fee.

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

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow
3rd Dec, London†
(8th Oct,†Nottingham†also available)
New content for the new academic year:†
focus†on the place of textiles in the new GCSE†£42 &INCLUDES FREEBIES!

GCSE†D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
14th December, London
(11th Nov, Liverpool also available)

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