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

3D Kernow makes a splash in Falmouth!

June sees a programme of influential speakers, demonstrations and hands on workshops focused on developing the uses of 3D printing technology in Cornwall.  This exciting initiative is the result of work by 3D Kernow, a group formed with the express purpose of encouraging the exploration of the technology for groups, individuals and companies in Cornwall. … 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

Ringing the Bell for creativity!

A long blogging break, justified only in part by my other project in the image, but now back to it!  And what a way to start the year.  Sir David Bell made national headlines with a robust critique of elements of the education system as it exists in this country at the moment.  The  arguments were … 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

Reading, writing and wroughting…………..

Detail from a dining table by Edward Barnsley

  Following some pretty detailed comment from Martin Chandler on my last post it seems only fair to respond to some of what he said.  Given that I suspect both he and I come from pretty much the same stable there is a lot of common ground between us, but of course some issues arise … 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

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

Teaching Design Technology………….the oldest profession?

(It is of course scurrilous of me to use an image of one of Alan Tugwell’s stunning works and in the same breath even hint at what is usually deemed to be the oldest profession.  If you are taken with his work then you can check out his blog which, though out of date will … 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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