Design and Technology Newsletter

February Issue 2013

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Information Evening Documents

Design and Technology Year 9 Options PowerPoint

GCSE Options Evening Information Sheet Graphics

GCSE Options Evening Information Sheet Resistant Materials

A-Level Information Sheets


Lego League

The FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, work on programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project.

Print It

PrintIT! is a nationwide education initiative with a Fairtrade theme designed for students studying GCSE and A Level Graphic Products and Product Design. The aim of PrintIT! is to give students the opportunity to learn more about the many varied facets of the print and paper industries and offer them an insight into the range of career opportunities that exist within these advanced high sectors.

Design Museum Competition

The Design Museum 14-19 Student Design Competition is open to all young people aged 14-19 years who are currently studying on UK design courses, or who take a keen interest in design. The competition links to the Design Museum’s current programme of exhibitions which celebrate innovative, forward-looking design. Drawing on the exhibition Designed to Win, this year’s focus is Celebration. The competition aims to encourage young designers to broaden their awareness of issues in design and be inspired by the exciting range of materials, technologies, processes and solutions being developed by designers internationally.

Design Museum Competeion Details

Arkwright Scholarships Trust

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust offers Engineering Scholarships to nurture and inspire high calibre Year 11/S4 students to pursue a career in engineering and related areas of design.

  • Applicants must be in year 11 and about to take their GCSEs, including Design & Technology, Technology Studies, Engineering or related subjects.
  • Applicants should be planning to take A levels or equivalent examinations in subjects relevant to a higher apprenticeship or the study of engineering at university.
  • Applicants must make a commitment to maths at AS and preferably A2.
  • Applicants must be actively considering a university degree or higher apprenticeship and career in engineering or a related area of design.

DT Staff Handbook

DT Staff Handbook

The aims of this Handbook is to list, and explain, current department philosophy and policies in relation to the interpretation of whole school issues as well as specific policies unique to the Design & Technology Department. The main agenda within the department must be to seek a consistent application of these policies into practice in all aspects of teaching and learning.

In addition to this document, staff should also be familiar with the current schemes of work and homework schedules. These documents contain details and guidance relevant to the tasks which are aimed at covering the statutory attainment targets and Programmes of Study as laid down in the National Curriculum for Design & Technology.

A copy of the handbook is held by the Head of Department, Second in Department, one copy made available to visiting inspectors, School Governors and OFSTED inspectors and a copy held in main offices across the department.

Health and Safety

Design And Technology Health And Safety :: Design And Technology Risk Assessments

The attached documents include more information on the effective management of safety within the schools Design & Technology department. It can be seen as having four major components:

1. Risk assessment and planning before a lesson.
2. Organisation of routines during and between lessons to include:
    • the use of goggles and protective clothing etc.
    • reporting breakage and dealing with sharp objects and broken glass
    • location of safety equipment
    • reporting accidents
3. Control to include:
    • Where to find safety information e.g. COSHH file, risk assessments and CLEAPPS Hazards etc.
    • Regular safety checks
4. Monitor and review – including procedures for reporting hazards/suspected hazards and those for reviewing risk assessments and safety in general.



ISBN number

KS3 Design & Technology Study Guide


Collins GCSE Design and Technology - Design and Realisation


Collins GCSE Design and Technology - Design and Communication


Technology (Collins CDT)


AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials Technology


AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products


AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology


AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology


GCSE Design & Technology Resistant Materials AQA Revision Guide


GCSE Design & Technology Graphic Products AQA Revision Guide


GCSE Design & Technology Textiles AQA Revision Guide


GCSE Design & Technology Food Technology AQA Revision Guide


GCSE Design & Technology Resistant Materials: Complete Revision and Practice


GCSE Design & Technology Graphics Products: Complete Revision and Practice


GCSE D&T Food Technology Complete Revision & Practice (Design & Technology): Complete Revision and Practice


GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials: Revision Guide


GCSE Design and Technology Textiles: Revision Guide


GCSE Design and Technology Food Technology: Revision Guide


Lonsdale GCSE Essentials - Resistant Materials: Revision Guide


Lonsdale GCSE Essentials - Graphic Products: Revision Guide


Lonsdale GCSE Essentials - Textiles Technology: Revision Guide


Lonsdale GCSE Essentials - Food Technology: Revision Guide


Edexcel A Level Design and Technology for Product Design: Resistant Materials


Edexcel A Level Design and Technology for Product Design: Graphic Products


Advanced Design and Technology


Design Secrets: Products: 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered


BTEC Level 2 First Engineering Student Book


The Best of Grand Designs