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Rebuilding the UK Economy: Changing Perceptions of Engineering

The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) is an independent organisation that promotes the vital role of engineers, engineering and technology in our society and inspires people at all levels to pursue careers in engineering and technology. The ETB partners business and industry, Government and the wider science and engineering community: producing evidence on the state of engineering; and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills.

The ETB commissions the Engineers and Engineering Brand Monitor1 each year to assess progress towards these goals. The monitor was devised and validated in 2008, providing a first cut of data and developing a research methodology capable of remaining consistent over the next four to six years. This paper summarises this year’s research findings, examining changing perceptions of different groups of people.
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NAAIDT Annual Conference 2011 Conference Report and Programme

NAAIDT Conference
Features of the conference programme include:

* Keynote presentations
* Seminar sessions
* Advice on working as an Independent Consultant
* Display of D&T work from schools
* Commercial exhibition from corporate members.
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Ofsted generic grade descriptors and supplementary subject-specific guidance

In coming to subject survey visit judgements, inspectors will use the relevant criteria and grade descriptors from the 2009 section 5 evaluation schedule and additional guidance specific to each subject.
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Textile Accreditation

Dates: Wednesday 17th May 2012
Title of course: Textiles Accreditation
Time: 9.00am to 1pm
Venue: Bemrose School, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, DE22 3HU

Course tutor: Judi Greenhalgh

Course details: This course is aimed at Secondary teachers and technicians, who teach Textiles in Secondary Schools. It is crucial that staff can identify the hazards and assess the risks and determine how to remove or control the risks within an educational environment. The Health and Safety Training Standards and the D & T Association Health and Safety Accreditation scheme have been introduced to provide a sound professional framework so that staff can feel confident in carrying out their work in a professional manner and be able to show evidence of meeting that requirement.

This is a practical session using certain pieces of equipment and understanding the importance of implementing risk assessments in your lessons.

Cost of training: £100.00 which includes all materials and resources and a pack to take home, to make this a successful session.

Cost of accreditation: £25.00 for new accreditation and £10.00 for update or additional awards.
Further details: please contact Judi Greenhalgh at datecheducation@yahoo.co.uk or ring 07773 461772

The Primary Curriculum Review - Final Response

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The Design and Technology Association (D&TA)and the National Association of Advisers and Inspectors in Design and Technology (NAAIDT) have developed this final response, which has now been submitted to the formal consultation process:

The response has been developed through discussion with D&TA members, the wider D&T community and through regular communication with the science community. It includes the results from the D&TA online Rose Review Survey and we are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to this. Government decisions on the primary curriculum are expected in September 2009 with the first materials available in January 2010. First teaching of the revised primary curriculum is expected to begin in September 2011.

The association would like to thank Gareth Pimley of D&TA for all his hard work
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Vocational Qualifications

Link to http://www.education.gov.uk/
The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has asked Professor Alison Wolf to carry out an independent review of vocational education.

The purpose of the review is to consider how we can ensure that vocational education for 14 to 19 year olds supports full and valuable participation and progression.
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New low cost 3D Printer

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New RapMan 3D printer
RapMan – The Future is here Today!

A1 Technologies has just launched the revolutionary RapMan, a cutting-edge 3D printer that is also highly affordable.
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HME Technology - providing Design & Technology solutions to schools for 25 years

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HME Technology have been in existence since 1984 and we are the market leaders in our product range of Design Technology and science equipment for schools. We also supply a full range of equipment for Technology Departments including metal, woodworking and plastics facilities.
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DT Online Pneumatics

Pneumatics circuit - ex. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/systemscontrol/pneumaticsrev4.shtml - click for full size image

About pneumatics

Pneumatic systems typically involve a source of compressed air being controlled by valves and causing output devices such as cylinders to operate in a controlled way.

The compressed air is typically obtained from a COMPRESSOR, which is usually driven by an electric motor or an internal combustion engine.

Air is routed through pipes to VALVES which control the routing of the compressed air. Valves may be operated by a range of ACTUATORS including levers, rollers and solenoids.

The air is then passed on to cylinders which convert the energy in the compressed air into linear motion and do useful work.

Finally, the used compressed air is released into the atmosphere as EXHAUST.

Link to DT Online Pneumatics

Link to BBC - GCSE Bitesize Pneumatics


Ofsted's Draft supplementary subject specific guidance for Design and Technology

Ofsted recently produced draft supplementary subject specific guidance for inspectors of Design and Technology. NAAIDT and The Design and Technology Association responded jointly to this draft document
Further comments welcome to bernard.cooper@hants.gov.uk
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