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English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) and D&T

Many members have been lobbying their MPs about the effect of the English Baccalaureate on Design and Technology, sometimes with very little response. However Martin Chandler was lucky enopugh to receive feedback from both his MP Ian Duncan Smith and from the communications office at the DfE. Both make interesting reading and are attached.
Today (31st January 2013) there has been a lot in the news about internal unrest about the Ebacc. It will be interesting to watc tis debate unfold.
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21261443 for further details

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BNF launches new primary school resources

Food - a fact of life
New for Primary/Middle/Special Schools

Join Alisha, Jordan, Nicola and Ronnie as they explore healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from through six exciting stories. The stories have been designed to support cross-curricular/inter-disciplinary learning and are accompanied by a variety of classroom resources. They are ideal for interactive whiteboards, have been tested in schools and are free and ready to use.

To view these exciting materials, go to: http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/section.aspx?t=0&siteId=14&sectionId=100

New Primary Curriculum for September 2011

Primary Curriculum
Following the launch of the new National curriculum website by Schools Minister Diana Johnson at the end of January, QCDA has sent new primary curriculum handbooks and guidance publications to all primary schools. The handbook contains the curriculum to be taught in all primary schools from September 2011. QCDA's team of network advisers will work with local authorities and clusters of schools on the new curriculum's implementation.
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BOXFORD JOINS A SELECT NUMBER OF UK MANUFACTURERS IN GOVERNMENT'S 'MADE BY BRITAIN' INITIATIVE

Boxford Logo - click for full size image
Boxford has been chosen as one of a select number of UK manufacturers to be included in the government's new 'Made by Britain' initiative.

The company, which is currently relocating to a new purpose built facility in Elland, was nominated by Calder Valley MP Craig Whitaker, as an example of 'British design and manufacturing ingenuity'.

It joins the likes of McVities, Dyson, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce as part of the new government-backed drive to celebrate British manufacturing in the last 160 years.

Paul Barraclough, Managing Director, said: We're extremely proud to be among the best in British manufacturing. As a company, we have made a strategic decision and significant investment to retain manufacturing in the UK, enabling us to fully control all aspects of our operation and quality.

Business Secretary Vince Cable launched the Made by Britain initiative in July. He called on the UK's 650 MPs to nominate an example of manufacturing excellence from their constituency, taking his cue from the Great Exhibition of 1851, which showcased some of the most exciting technical innovations of the time. Six million people - a third of the entire UK population at the time - visited the exhibition that year.

"British industry remains among the very best for the quality and originality of what it makes," said Mr Cable. "We export goods to every corner of the world, from famous international brands to products which, while less well known, make a real difference to the lives of millions."

Secondary Core Health and Safety Accreditation

Date(s): February 29th 2012
Title of course: SPECIALIST EXTENSION LEVEL: WOOD SAWING MACHINES (S1HS) AND PLANER/THICKNESSER MACHINES (S8HS) ? REFRESHER COURSE
Time(s): 9.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: SW16.

Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh

Course details: This nationally accredited 1-day practical course will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in Design and Technology Departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA 'Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology' and BS4163: 2007 'Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments'.

This course will provide ?refresher training? on two of the Specialist Extension Levels, i.e. S1HS - WOOD SAWING MACHINES and S8HS - PLANER/THICKNESSER MACHINES.

Please note - this 'refresher' course is suitable for staff who already hold certification on this range of machines, but whose certification is now over 5 years old. Courses for those staff who require ?initial? training is advertised separately. Course members will undertake a variety of practical exercises during the day. Machines covered will include the circular saw, narrow band saw, compound mitre saw, fretsaw and the combined planer-thicknesser. Course members will receive a course pack covering current legislation and the knowledge, skills and understanding required to safely use this range of woodworking machinery in schools.

Course members who have recently completed the TDA/D&TA 'Core' Level Training, and have submitted their portfolio of evidence for accreditation, will be able to add these 2 course units to their D&TA accreditation.

Cost of training:£300.00 per person including resources and Free Memory stick with useful resources on. Refreshments also provided.
25.00 per head for new accreditation and £10.00 per head for additional awards.

Further details:
To reserve a place please contact Judi Greenhalgh at datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or ring 07773 461772





Date(s): March 2012
Title of course: SPECIALIST EXTENSION LEVEL: WOOD SAWING MACHINES (S1HS) AND PLANER/THICKNESSER MACHINES (S8HS) full accreditation for new award.
Time(s):
9.00am to 4.00pm


Venue: SW16
Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh

Course details:
This nationally accredited 2-day practical course will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in Design and Technology Departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology and BS4163: 2007 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments.

This course will provide 'initial training' on two of the Specialist Extension Levels, i.e. S1HS - WOOD SAWING MACHINES and S8HS - PLANER/THICKNESSER MACHINES.

The course is suitable for those staff who require new certificates on this range of machines. This is not a refresher course for those who already have certificates or whose certificates have recently expired. Course members will undertake a variety of practical exercises over the 2 days to prepare them for the range of woodworking machining processes required to accurately and safely prepare materials within school workshops. Machines covered will include the circular saw, narrow band saw, compound mitre saw, fretsaws and the combined planer-thicknesser. Course members will receive a course pack covering current legislation and the knowledge, skills and understanding required to safely use this range of woodworking machinery in schools.

Course members who have recently completed the TDA/D&TA Core Level Training, and have submitted their portfolio of evidence for accreditation, will be able to add these 2 course units to their D&TA accreditation.

Cost of training:

£600.00 includes materials and resources to make a successful session.

Cost of accreditation: £25.00 per head for new accreditation

Further details: To reserve a place please contact Judi Greenhalgh at datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or ring 07773 461772





Date: Monday 28th May 2012
Title of course: secondary core level health and safety accreditation.
Times: 1.30 pm to 5.30pm
Venue: Premier Inn, York Way, Kings Cross, London
Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh

Course details: The Design and Technology Association (D&TA) health and safety standards cover all areas of work within design and technology and are relevant therefore to all teachers/technicians and support staff working in food, graphics, systems and control, textiles and resistant materials

This course will prepare colleagues to meet the D&TA Core Level training standards. Following the training, course members will be required to submit a personal portfolio to show evidence they meet the relevant standards to enable them to apply for national accreditation through the D&TA. This course fulfils OFSTED's 'safeguarding' criteria.
To be renewed every 3 to 5 years.

Cost of training: £200.00 per person including resources and Free Memory stick with useful resources on. Refreshments also provided.

Cost of Accreditation: £25.00 for new award or £10.00 renewal.

Specialist Levels Training can be arranged at follow up with portfolio if needed.

Further details: To reserve a place(s) or further information, contact Judi Greenhalgh on 07773 461772 0r email datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or Contact Ben Hen-wicks at DATA.











Date: Monday 28th May 2012
Title of course: Dye Sublimation Work shop session : Textiles (Suitable for Primary and Low ability students)
Times: 9am to 1pm
Venue: Premier Inn, York Way, Kings Cross, London
Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh

Course details: Using your own laptops to take on the Grid Magic Software ( for a limited time usage) this practical workshop will show you how to generate you own image onto different fabrics. You will then , make a few different items with fabric to take away with you. Schemes of work will be discussed and shown as well as how you can expand on this and turn it into an excellent fundraiser for your school.

Cost of training: £250.00 including refreshments and resources.

Further details: To reserve a place(s) or further information, contact Judi Greenhalgh on 07773 461772 0r email datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or Contact Ben Hen-wicks at DATA.


NAAIDT Members letter to MPs in support of D&T in the curriculum

This is a draft letter for members to use to contact their local MPs to lobby support for the future of design and technology in the curriculum in England.

Members are advised to make contact with their local MP and arrange a face to face meeting to put forward the case for design and technology in the curriculum and question the Coalition government?s long term strategy for reform of the education system.

A briefing paper has been added to this website for members to use outlining some of the key issues in relation to the Tickel Report on Early Years, the Wolf Report on Vocational Education, The Schools White Paper 2010the National Curriculum Review and the E-Bacc.
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Secondary Core Health and Safety Accreditation

Date: Tuesday 27th March 2012
Title of course: secondary core level health and safety accreditation.
Times: 12.30pm till 4.30pm
Venue: Northampton College, Booth lane, Northampton. Tbc.
Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh

Course details: The Design and Technology Association (D&TA) health and safety standards cover all areas of work within design and technology and are relevant therefore to all teachers/technicians and support staff working in food, graphics, systems and control, textiles and resistant materials

This course will prepare colleagues to meet the D&TA Core Level training standards. Following the training, course members will be required to submit a personal portfolio to show evidence they meet the relevant standards to enable them to apply for national accreditation through the D&TA. This course fulfils OFSTED?s ?safeguarding? criteria.
To be renewed every 3 to 5 years.

Cost of training: £100.00 per person including resources and Free Memory stick with useful resources on. Refreshments also provided.

Cost of Accreditation: £25.00 for new award or £10.00 renewal.
Specialist Levels Training can be arranged at follow up with portfolio if needed.

Further details: To reserve a place(s) or further information, contact Judi Greenhalgh on 07773 461772 0r email datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or Contact Ben Hen-wicks at DATA.

Primary Health and Safety Accreditation

Date: 17th April 2012
Title of course: Primary core level health and safety accreditation.
Times: 12.30pm till 4.30pm
Venue: Premier Inn, York Way, Kings Cross, London.
Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh
Course details: This national, newly-accredited course will prepare teachers and Primary D&T subject co-ordinators to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology - Primary Level Training Standards.

During the course, participants will develop their knowledge and understanding of the
Primary Standards, which includes:

- Developing a culture of health and safety
- Risk assessment processes
- General health and safety awareness

Course members will also learn how to develop a D&T health and safety portfolio as a personal record of their health and safety training and working practice in school. This being a pre-requisite for accreditation by the Design and Technology Association. The sessions will provide the basis of design and technology
CPD with colleagues on return to school.?

This course fulfils OFSTED's 'safeguarding' criteria.
To be renewed every 5 years.
This course is suitable for Teachers, Support Staff and D & T Co-ordinators, health and safety governors.

Cost of training: £200.00 per person including resources and Free Memory stick with useful resources on. Refreshments also provided.
Cost of Accreditation: £25.00 for award

Further details: To reserve a place(s) or further information, contact Judi Greenhalgh on 07773 461772 0r email datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or Contact Ben Hen-wicks at DATA.



Specialist Extension level S1 and S8

Date(s): Friday 20th April and Saturday 21st April
Title of course: SPECIALIST EXTENSION LEVEL: WOOD SAWING MACHINES (S1HS) AND PLANER/THICKNESSER MACHINES (S8HS) full accreditation for new award.
Time(s):
9.00am to 4.00pm

Venue: Shirebrook Academy, Nottingham.
Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh
Course details:

This nationally accredited 2-day practical course will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in Design and Technology Departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology and BS4163: 2007 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments.

This course will provide 'initial training' on two of the Specialist Extension Levels, i.e. S1HS - WOOD SAWING MACHINES and S8HS - PLANER/THICKNESSER MACHINES.

The course is suitable for those staff who require new certificates on this range of machines. This is not a refresher course for those who already have certificates or whose certificates have recently expired. Course members will undertake a variety of practical exercises over the 2 days to prepare them for the range of woodworking machining processes required to accurately and safely prepare materials within school workshops. Machines covered will include the circular saw, narrow band saw, compound mitre saw, fretsaws and the combined planer-thicknesser. Course members will receive a course pack covering current legislation and the knowledge, skills and understanding required to safely use this range of woodworking machinery in schools.

Course members who have recently completed the TDA/D&TA Core Level Training, and have submitted their portfolio of evidence for accreditation, will be able to add these 2 course units to their D&TA accreditation.

Cost of training:

£300.00 includes materials and resources to make a successful session.
Cost of accreditation: £25.00 per head for new accreditation
Further details:

To reserve a place please contact Judi Greenhalgh at datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or ring 07773 461772



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