Resources for the last few days of term & resources to support your planning over the summer

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It has been a challenging academic year for D&T teachers with the new KS4 and KS5 qualifications on the horizon, ever tightening budgets, and the continually changing education landscape. All of this has also kept us very busy over the last few months, so much so that there has not been a proper blog since May and this is now the final one before the end of term. We hope to return to a more regular blog at the beginning of the Autumn term. Don’t forget that at busy times like these you can still get regular updates, news and freebies via our social media links.


Some Resources For The Last Few Days Of Term

Some schools have already broken up but if you still have another week or so left take a look at these ideas to get you through to the end of term:

  • Why not use our ‘Product in a Tin’ competition as an end of term activity? You never know you might just win a sewing machine for your department! Click here for full details, including resources to get you going.
  • The BBC's 'Invented in England' series focuses on inventions that originated in different areas of the country and these are available on iPlayer until 23rd July. They might be useful for activities towards the end of term especially if you are able to link a particular programme to your local area. 
  • Get students doing some design activities using this free sheet based on the idea that there are 40 ‘best’ answers, patterns or principles that man and nature use when designing and solving problems. To get the sheet you have to sign up to the website which is free and then the link to the cheat sheet is emailed to you along with an explanatory video. You can also buy a set of cards that have the 40 prompts from the cheat sheet, as well as images. The cards look good but are expensive and you can download the e-book instead for £5 and create your own by laminating the pages. 

  • Download 5 free #ThinkDo activity cards above to use in your classroom. See regular #ThinkDo activities posted on Instagram & Facebook
  • Set a holiday homework inspired by the list of unconventional tasks an Italian teacher gave his students to complete over the summer holiday. The tasks are a mixture of light hearted things along with more academic tasks. Why not develop this to have a more D&T focus by including visits, taking photos and collecting things. This idea could even give you an instant display when the new term starts. Find out more

  • See lots of other ideas in the Let’s Learn section of the website



Resources To Support Your Curriculum Planning Over The Summer

If you are doing any planning over the summer take a look at the website as there may be resources that might support you for example:

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  • If you are still haven’t made a decision on an exam board specification take a look at our summary of what each specification offers
  • If you aren’t sure where to start when planning for the new GCSEs take a look at our 5 top tips, which includes links to KS3 and GCSE mapping documents
  • If you are looking for teaching and learning activity ideas and support visit the Let’s Learn section of the website. This is in the early stages of development and is a long term project to develop resources that support all qualifications at KS4 and KS5, as well as KS3.
  • Take a look at Diana Choulerton’s presentation at the D&T Association’s Summer School (Ofsted’s National Lead for D&T) 
  • Plan a D&T related day out. Use this page for ideas for places to visit. 


Our Plans For The Summer

Over the summer we have lots of plans for developments to the website, including lots of new free resources. We are also developing a new and exciting course format for our own independent courses and details of these will be released soon. This includes a D&T Teacher Roadshow using a similar format to the very successful Textiles Teacher Roadshow that has run for the last 6 years. Don’t worry as the Textiles one will still continue with the first one of the new academic year taking place on 14th October in Nottingham (book your place for the Textiles Teacher Roadshow here). In addition we are working with some industrial partners to develop new links with industry which we hope will give teachers more access to the real world of design and manufacturing. 

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Are you looking for a course over the summer holiday? 

We have had a number of enquiries about whether we can run courses over summer holiday. We know it is difficult for many teachers to be released from school during term time and we're always happy to consider running a course over a holiday if there is sufficient interest. We would need at least 3 delegates for a course to be cost effective (dependent on where the venue is) so if you think you can get at least this number together we are happy to consider running a course of your choice (note this is for our independent courses only and not the courses we deliver at the National STEM Learning Centre). Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk

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If your school will release you for the day but the cost of the course itself is a problem take a look at the courses coming up at the National STEM Learning Centre in the Autumn term. These courses are bursary funded which means the fees are paid for if you work in a state school (and in some cases so is the accommodation). Courses include ones to support KS3, the new GCSE, smart & modern materials, e-textiles/electronics/programming, and many more.

Take a look at the course calendar for the Autumn term (lots more will be added over the summer)



Last Few Weeks To Get Your Competition Entries In (deadline 1st August 2017)

There are just a few weeks to get your competition entries in. There’s still time to use the competition as a last minute homework or as an end of term activity.

Find out more about the 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

Are you looking for a course over the summer holiday? Do you know others who are interested? Courses can be run over the summer if there are at least 3 delegates (£295 per person - note this is for our independent courses only). Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE  28th & 29th Sept, Luton (2 days) 
Bursary available which pays course fee



Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 5th Oct, York Bursary available which pays the course fee. 

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The Textiles Teacher Roadshow 14th Oct, Nottingham BRAND NEW CONTENT FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

£42 & Includes freebies 


Technicians Supporting the New D&T GCSE 31st Oct & 1st Nov (2 days - note we are delivering part of day 1 only), STEM Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee. 


Teaching Electronics, Including E-textiles, in D&T GCSE 3rd & 4th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Getting to Grips with Using the Crumble Controller in D&T 6th & 7th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

Textiles Technicians: Basic Maintenance & Servicing of Sewing Machines 8th Nov, Nottingham Bursary available which pays the course fee

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Using Smart & Modern Materials to Create a Future Facing D&T Curriculum, 10th & 11th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Getting It Right in KS3, Laying Good Foundations for D&T GCSE, 16th & 17th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Micro:bit in Secondary D&T, 20th & 21st Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.

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Developing Knowledge & Practical Skills for D&T GCSE 24th & 25th Nov (2 days). The National STEM Learning Centre, York. Bursary available which pays the course & accommodation fee.


AS & A Level Fashion & Textiles: Developing a Succesful Course for Your Students, 7th Dec, London

This course is delivered on behalf of RTA training.


Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE  11th & 12th Jan 2018, Paignton, Deveon (2 days) 
Bursary available which pays course fee


Are you looking for a course over the summer holiday? Do you know others who are interested? Courses can be run over the summer if there are at least 3 delegates (£295 per person - note this is for our independent courses only). Contact julie@julieboyd.co.uk

Keep an eye out for a new course format coming up for Autumn term for our own independent courses. 

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? 
Courses can be added to the calendar at your request at no additional cost. 
Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details.


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