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Hobart Lasers

*Metal engravers*
*3D printers*
*Laserable materials*

Hobarts is a well known and respected supplier of high quality equipment to both industry and the educational sector.

We have recently launched our new range of laserable materials, metal engravers and dye sublimation kits so why not come along and see the potential income a laser could bring to your Design Technology department?

Now supplying an extensive range of equipment to the educational sector, Hobarts satisfies the curriculum by incorporating the most popular technologies.

With valued ongoing support & a unique advisory service, Hobarts really is the professionals’ choice.

Guaranteed peace of mind with every purchase.
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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


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:

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.

Vocational Qualifications

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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.

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.