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

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

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

Iterative design……………….the shape of the future of Design Technology

Just over twelve months ago the proposed new National Curriculum for Design Technology had thrown most of us into disbelief and despair.  It seemed that all the work developing the subject over the last twenty or thirty years was simply to be discarded and a model rooted in the 1920’s was to be the way … 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

Mind the design gap……………What it takes to teach Design Technology

Design sketching: the way that designers think

A recent conversation prompted me to re think a conventional piece of wisdom about the qualities that a Design Technology teacher needs to have.  Of course these are all additional qualities to those that any teacher needs to do their job, well maybe, see what you think.  A long time ago I came across this … 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

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