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NAAIDT Annual Conference 2010

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Integrating Hearts, Heads and Hands

Marriott Hotel & National STEM Centre, York 15 – 17 April 2010

See NAAIDT Shop for details of conferences and training events


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 for further details


NAAIDT Conference 2009 - Ettington Chase, Warwickshire

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Thursday 23rd April to Saturday 25th April 2009

Ettington Chase
Banbury Road
CV37 7NZ

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.

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

BSF Implications for D&T

Partnership for Schools (P4S) - the non-government department responsible to the Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF) for the Building Schools for the Future programme show that there will be more new and refurbished secondary schools, including academies, opening in England over the next 20 years since the 1960s. This announcement, along with the BSF programme already well established in more than half of the local authorities in England means that all 3500 Design and Technology departments are likely to be affected. The programme began with the opening of a Wave 1 school in September 2008 - the Brunel Academy in Bristol. The subsequent rollout, although already behind schedule due to procurement rather than design issues, offers a ‘transformational education’ for young people across the country. This is unprecedented and nothing short of a lifetime opportunity to make statements, both visually and practically, about how our subject can, and indeed should, contribute to the future education of young people.

Spring 2013 Newsletter

The latest edition of NAAIDT newsletter with information on:
National Curriculum review update
Building bulletin information
Health & Safety
STEM update
Ofsted news

NAAIDT merger with The Design and Technology Association

Dear Colleagues
I hope you are all aware that 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
• The NAAIDT website will be archived but accessible from

Anyone who has any outstanding issues or business with NAAIDT should contact Barry Lewis, Company Secretary 07425599428
I would like to personally thank the many who have been involved with these negotiations, Jonathan Gershon as Chair, Bernard Cooper, Richard Green, Andy Mitchell, Hugh Johnson, Sandie Kendall, John Chidgey for the initial fact finding exercise and all members who have been so supportive and patient. NAAIDT has an important past and long legacy which we hope to protect and although it is very sad to bring the association to a close we all feel that we will be able to support the needs of Design and Technology better if both Associations work together as one.
Individual letters regarding membership will be sent out in the next week. We hope that most members will support this move and remain active advisers and consultants within this new regime. A huge thank you must go to everyone who has played an important part in the establishment, development, running and success of NAAIDT both present and in the past.

Best wishes.
Pam Bolton on behalf of all NAAIDT Directors