A single GCSE for D&T – will it fly?


David and Torben for D&T

Design & technology (D&T) is a relative newcomer to the curriculum. Its roots which go back to the late 1800s can be found in the teaching of a variety of crafts very much on a gender biased basis – cooking and needlework for girls, metalwork and woodwork for boys. These roots are still having a deleterious effect on the subject in that they skew the way the subject is conceptualized to give a pre-eminence to the materials that students might use and the making skills required to manipulate these materials. It is not that materials and making are unimportant (quite the reverse) but rather that they need to be seen as part of the essential concepts (so called BIG ideas) that underpin and define the subject. It was this inappropriate focus on materials/skills and the lack of BIG ideas amongst other factors that led the National Curriculum Expert Panel…

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Controlled Assessment – Assessment Resource


DT Controlled Assessment Marking Talwayseb - Word 2007

I’ve had this document as a photocopy from AQA for sometime and have finally got around to digitizing it to share for other users. It is an aid to marking controlled assessment for any AQA DT specification. Please feel free to leave a comment if its been useful for you.