Edging forward…….the tide turns for design in schools.

Forgive me for starting this post with an image of what is very much a post industrial landscape but in the last few years it has felt a bit like this if you are involved in or concerned about design in schools.  The persistence of the DfE in pushing forward the so called Ebacc with … Continue reading

The apprentice….too little, too late?

Surely I cannot be the only person who has noticed the bidding war between the parties on the number of apprenticeships that will be created during the next government ?   Sometimes the current level of debate reminds me more of a game of Toptrumps than a serious attempt to get policy across, ah well! … Continue reading

Teaching creativity

  An argument that I had thought long dead resurface recently, briefly stated it suggests that creativity is not something that can or should be taught in schools because in order to be creative an individual needs to have a wide range of knowledge and skills.  These things are what schools should be teaching so … Continue reading

The make baby and the design bathwater.

  Some very thoughtful and enlightening feedback to my last posts and a conversation with a colleague are the starting points for this post.  My colleague, who teaches at a local sixth form college,  was showing me around and, as you do, we were sharing frustrations.  One in particular was a great product model, fully … Continue reading

“Not everything that counts can be counted….”

One of Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial tables.

  If you work in a school that invested heavily in delivering vocational courses then you will remember all too clearly the shock announcement by Mr Gove that all such courses were failing to make the grade and would be reduced in value at a stroke.  That, of course is not real value, just the … Continue reading

Teaching iterative design……….catching up with the curve.

Falmouth University students presenting their designs to Sir Kenneth Grange

  Things have changed in the design world.  I jumped at the invitation to join students at Falmouth University as they presented their ideas to to their visiting professor, Sir Kenneth Grange.  Now here’s the thing.  When I was growing up this man was shaping the world, indeed he was creating the design climate we … Continue reading

“What’s wrong with DT?………….Now there’s a question.

Degree show work by Hannah Casey, an ex pupil who has gone on to great things.

  I can’t recall what I was looking for but I came across this report on the RSA blog, “What’s wrong with DT?”   Written by John Miller it provides a thought provoking analysis of Design Technology, you should certainly read it here.   Miller is an advocate and supporter of the subject but has the advantage … Continue reading

Less is more……….learning objectives or whatever you want to call them.

Stylish lighting. (Image courtesy of Camborne Science and International Academy)

As I write the news is arriving that Michael Gove has suggested that all schools start taking the Common Entrance exam, used by private schools to select entrants for their establishments.  He seems to be oblivious of the fact that not very long ago all schools were taking something similar called SATs and that for … Continue reading

The EBacc is back…..never mind the children.

Well it  has certainly been an interesting start to the new academic year.  What is becoming the most consistent thing in education is that there is no consistency.  In a far off time it was the case that teachers regarded the August exam results day as of concern for their pupils; had they got the … Continue reading

The tale wagging the dog…….how stories drive education policy.

Well it has been a long time since I last set finger to keyboard.  There has been some good news and some bad news on the Design Technology front.  The good news is that following an extraordinary level of comment from a whole host of interested parties, (to many even for Mr Gove to label … Continue reading

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