Dyson hairdryer, Team GB kit, free B&Q materials, competitions, exam papers & a Design Museum activity 

Paul & Julie Boyd

If you are looking for courses to help you prepare for the new single GCSE D&T qualification there are a couple we are involved in that you might want to look at. There is a 2 day residential course at The National STEM Learning Centre in York on May 27th and 28th. This is a bursary funded course which means if you are a state funded school or academy the bursary pays for both the fees and the accommodation, so this makes the course ideal if you have a limited budget. The 2 days will also give you plenty of time to really get your teeth into things. 

If you can’t make the May date, or if you prefer a one day course, or a venue in the South, we are also running a course on behalf of Keynote Educational on 5th July in London. In addition we will be at the Inspiring Learning event for food and textiles teachers on 17th June running a one hour workshop on technical textiles. This event also includes exam boards and other speakers who will mention the new curriculum. Get in touch if your department is interested in an in house course designed to meet your specific needs when planning for the curriculum changes. 


Free Resources 

#ThinkDo  

Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point

#ThinkDo #Design Shapes, styles and materials for glasses vary but they are all essentially based on the same design idea. How would you completely rethink & redesign glasses? 

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

Find out more about #ThinkDo activities & see ones posted on Instagram & Facebook

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This week’s Facebook updates have included: 

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In The News

Dyson Hairdryer

This week Dyson released their latest product which is a hairdryer they claim is quieter and less damaging to hair. The dryer is interesting as it rethinks how hairdryers work and this could lead into classroom discussions and activities about how the design of other everyday objects could be changed. Why not use this week’s #ThinkDo activity, combined with the links on Dyson’s hairdryer, to get students thinking about redesigning and rethinking everyday products?

As well as the design, at £300 the price of the dryer is also a good discussion topic and the BBC article and video in particular have some good starting points for discussions on this.  

The BBC article is useful for background information (including the fact that hundreds of prototypes were made) and includes a short video which is also has some short clips on testing. The page on the hairdryer on the Dyson website is also useful. Click on the links below to find out more. 

BBC article
Hairdryer on the Dyson website 


GB Team Kits For The Rio Olympics

Stella McCartney has once again joined forces with Adidas to design the GB kit for the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer. This is great opportunity to use a current event as the focus for a discussion on design, particularly in relation to the specific needs of sports men and women, the use of performance fabrics, and the use of logos and colour to represent a team and country. Click on these links to find out more: BBC news article  Team GB website 



Resources To Support Lesson Planning

Design Museum 

Design museum

The Design Museum is crowdsourcing ideas for what objects might be featured at the entrance to one of their design galleries when they move to a new building in November 2016. The aim is to celebrate everyday functional and decorative objects that surround us. Anyone can have a say on what mass produced objects might be included. 

This would be a great classroom activity and there is a useful list of pointers on the Design Museum’s information page that would make good starting points for lessons. Students could enter their ideas individually or a class vote could be taken. This idea might also inspire a display in school or an activity where staff and students nominate products. Find out more


What Happens To Exam Papers After The Exam Has Been Sat?

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OCR have produced a short video to help students understand what happens to their exam papers after they leave exam room from scanning, online marking, standardisation, through to how grade boundaries are set. This 3 minute video is particularly useful for tutor time and helps students understand that the exams they sit are part of a bigger picture. It’s worth noting though that OCR mark online, but not all exam boards do this at the moment, so this element of the process will differ to other boards, but the basic idea is the same.


B&Q Community Re-Use Scheme

Are you aware that your local B&Q operate a community re-use scheme? This means they donate goods and materials they can’t sell to local schools, colleges, charities and other groups who might be able to use them. This is definitely worth looking into if you have a store local to you. Read up about the scheme here and contact your local store direct. 


Useful Quick Links

  • Website on products for left handed people - great for thinking about user needs
  • Students who have developed gloves that translate sign language into text and speech. This is a great use of e-textiles with a focus on a real problem.
  • Website on American fashion designer Jenny Hill who uses large scale wet felting to create fabrics that are transformed into garments. Her website includes a range of products and a useful video showing the wet felting process. 
  • The new Eatwell Guide recently replaces the Eatwell Plate and the Food - a Fact for Life website has lots of supporting resources



Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

CLEAPSS Microcontroller Competition 

Competition for science and D&T students to encourage students to develop creative outcomes using micro controllers. Entries should be in PowerPoint format and the closing date is 26th July 2016. The main prizes include a 3D printer, software as well as some e-textiles project kits sponsored by myself. Find out more information on the competition.


'Product In A Tin’  

Why not use my textiles competition as a revision activity, as a module of work or as an after school club theme? One of your students could win a sewing machine for your department as well as a prize for themselves. Closing date 1st August 2016. Find out more


YFDUK Competition

As well as sponsoring prizes in the CLEAPSS competition mentioned earlier I am also sponsoring a prize for the Young Fashion Designer UK competition. This is aimed at KS4 & 5 textiles students and simply involves submitting photocopies of coursework and controlled assessment pages so don’t forget to photocopy some of your best ones before they are sent off for moderation. 


Course Updates

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


Textiles Technician Course: A Basic Introduction to Servicing and Maintaining Sewing Machines - 10th May, STEM Centre, York 
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award.

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 27th & 28th May (2 day course), STEM Centre, York 
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award.

Electrify Your Curriculum! E-textiles Basics & a Beginner’s Guide to Programming - 10 & 11 June, (2 day course), STEM Centre, York. (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. Click here to see photos from the course

Inspiring Learning - 17th June, London
I’m running a one hour workshop with a focus on technical textiles at this event (note this link takes you to the organiser’s website)

STEMtech Conference 13th & 14th June, Telford
We will be delivering a one hour workshop on E-textiles as well as a one hour workshop on the Igloo programmable board at this event 
(note this link takes you to the organiser’s website)

Leeds for Learning Design & Technology Conference 24th June, STEM Centre, York (note the link takes you to the organiser’s website)
We will be delivering one hour workshops on the new GCSE, technical textiles, Micro:bit & Crumble

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), STEM Centre, York
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. Click here to see photos from the course

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (including info on the new GCSE) (this course is delivered by Paul & Julie Boyd on behalf of Keynote Educational)
5th July, London 
9th November, London

Outstanding T&L in AQA A Level Product Design Textiles NEW
This course is delivered on behalf of Keynote Educational
6th July, London
10th November, London

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, 8th Oct, Nottingham NEW
New content for the new academic year with a focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE 


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Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details. 


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