16th September 2021

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Are You a School Based Close to Central London?

We’re looking for a school close to central London that would like to host our 1 day ‘Introduction to Servicing and Maintaining Sewing Machines’ course. The school would get a free place in return for acting as host. The date would be either 22nd, 23rd or 24th November 2021. 

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Ideally the venue would be close to a tube route, as well as with other good public transport links, and parking on site or close by. A specialist room isn’t needed but it needs to be big enough for 16 people with a 2 seater table per person & with good access to electric sockets (as well as having a projector). Anyone interested should contact Paul Boyd  with details (photos of the room would be very useful).

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This Week’s Website Update and Free Resource Downloads

The ‘Users and User Needs’ page is one of the latest to be updated on our website and now includes 4 activity handouts to get students thinking about designing for users in 4 different contexts. Download the resources. 

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Some of This Week’s Thinking Points and Photos on Instagram

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Our Product in a Tin Competition is Taking a Break This Year

Our D&T competitions have run since 2014 and we’ve had some amazing entries which have made the competitions a real pleasure to judge. We’ve also met fantastic students and teachers and given away brilliant prizes sponsored by Husqvarna Viking, Coles Sewing Centre and Mindsetsonline, whose support we are incredibly grateful for. 

The competition takes a lot of organising, something that has become more of challenge due to impact of the pandemic. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to stop running our competition for now to allow us to focus on our other work. 

We hope our competiton will return in the future but in the meantime the resources will remain on the website for schools to use as a module of work or as a competition within their own school.

See the 2020/2021 winners of our Product in a Tin Competition

Look at the face to face, blended learning and distance learning options we offer. 

Blended Learning CPD

Our blended learning courses are equivalent to a one day training course with 2 hours live online training plus at least 4 hours of self directed study activities.

Live Face to Face CPD

The continuing challenges of the pandemic means we are currently only able to offer our Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machine course as a face to face one day course (and we’re in the process of organising dates for this). 

If you re looking for face to face training and can get together at least 6 participants (e.g. your department or a local group of teachers) along with providing a suitable training room we can run the following one day face to face courses for your group:


Distance Learning CPD Courses

Our distance learning CPD courses can be worked through at your own pace without the need for time out of school and without travel and accommodation costs. 

Visit our full course calendar

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