Developing the skills needed to intervene creatively with the world around us gives learners the opportunity to apply an iterative approach to designing, making and problem-solving using a range of materials and equipment. As such, it plays a key role in any balanced and creative curriculum. Design Technology teacher education at Sussex focuses on supporting you and developing your skills - as an effective teacher and a reflective learner, as well as how to become a dynamic and creative teacher across the Key Stages. Tutors will support you to explore the subject through the full range of subject specialist areas, including resistant materials, textiles and graphics, control systems, food preparation and nutrition. You will specialise in two of these areas appropriate to your previous experience, subject knowledge and skills and interest..
Our curriculum studies programme covers both classroom pedagogy and how to effectively and safely guide you in making and modelling products in all materials areas alongside the use of CAD/CAM. Trainee teachers come to us from a variety of design or food and nutrition backgrounds and are encouraged - both at university and on placement - to deliver the curriculum through new materials areas alongside your own specialism.
You will learn to be a Design Technology teacher through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, which is followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, role play, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences.
You will undertake two periods of professional practice in two different schools (these may vary slightly in length, but will equate to a minimum of 120 working days in total). You will be supported in your professional placements by a Design Technology specialist who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. To this end, you will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher’s Standards.
You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing two compulsory assignments during the course.