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NAAIDT Corporate Member recognised for achievement in international trade

Boxford Ltd, has been awarded THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE - the UK's highest accolade for business success.

Congratulations to all our friends at Boxford!

NAAIDT merger with The Design and Technology Association

Over the last 2 years The National Association of Advisers and Inspectors in Design and Technology (NAAIDT) and The Design and Technology Association have been working closely to bring both associations together as one. We have now reached agreement and from the end of the year, December 2013:

  • NAAIDT will cease to trade as an Association and Charity
  • All members who wish will be transferred to The Design and Technology Association with their membership being supplemented for the first year up to December 31st 2014
  • Honorary members will become honorary members of the Design and Technology Association
  • Corporate Memberships will transfer as Corporate members of The Design and Technology Association
  • All assets will be transferred
  • Key NAAIDT historical documents will be archived at The Design and Technology Association
  • A new consultancy group, with Sandie Kendall as Chair, will be set up with representation from all areas of consultancy within The Design and Technology Association
  • This NAAIDT website will be archived but accessible from

Anyone who has any outstanding issues or business with NAAIDT should contact Barry Lewis, Company Secretary

NAAIDT and the D&T Association joint working

Following the proposal supported by the NAAIDT membership at the Annual General Meeting in May 2011, colleagues from NAAIDT and the D&T Association have been meeting regularly to explore strategies for working together more closely. The joint working group comprises Jonathan Gershon (Chair), Richard Green, Hugh Johnson, Andy Mitchell, Bernard Cooper and Pam Bolton.

During initial meetings, colleagues explored the key values and principles which guide both Associations. We compared future aspirations for the associations and for design and technology in the curriculum in general. We have also explored the changing and emerging landscape of the organisation of education and schools, including the continuing demise of Local Authority advisors, the reduction in the number of Government curriculum and assessment advisory bodies, the increase in the number of independent Academy and Free schools and the rise in Teaching Schools. Both associations are convinced that schools, Academy associations, and other emerging organisations will need a source of high quality advice, guidance, leadership and school improvement functions in respect of the design and technology curriculum. This will be needed irrespective of the precise form in which the subject emerges from the current National Curriculum review. Therefore, the role of the NAAIDT and D&T Associations consultant members is going to be critical in moving the subject forward and that is why we wanted to keep you informed about our discussions.

It is clear that both associations are committed to very similar goals and it is also clear that there are very clear and strong aspirations from both parties to develop a new working relationship to the mutual benefit of both associations. Representatives of NAAIDT and the Design & Technology Association are very keen to ensure they exercise due diligence in exploring the possibilities and implications of any future closer working relationship. They are also committed to making sure that any subsequent consultations with membership of both associations are coherent, and promote confidence in respect of details of any proposals and transparency of planning.

There is more work to be done, but there is a high level of confidence that, as a result of the discussions to date we will be in a position to present some clear and exciting proposals to NAAIDT members and D&T Association consultant members in the next few weeks.

Hugh Johnson

NAAIDT Hon. President 2011-12

Richard Green

Chief Executive

Design and Technology Association

D&T is under threat - we need your help!

A campaign was launched this morning to retain design and technology as a National Curriculum subject. The campaign was launched at an event at the House of Commons and is backed by leaders from the world of design, manufacturing and engineering - including our own NAAIDT Patron, Sir James Dyson - see

As WE all know, design and technology provides children with uniquely creative, practical and technological learning experiences. It is also widely acknowledged that in order to ensure economic growth and future national prosperity Great Britain must encourage manufacturing and engineering industries. To sustain this, more children and young people must be encouraged to consider a career in these industries. Design and technology is the key subject in the curriculum to provide an insight and an experience of them. ?

If YOU believe design and technology is worth supporting please support the D&TA campaign by following the link below:

. . . and get involved - see

It is important that the government is able to appreciate the strength of opinion that supports the retention of design and technology in the curriculum. Please encourage colleagues, friends, parents, governors, politicians, industry contacts and other interested parties to sign up to the campaign.