Are you looking for a career that will enable you to use your skills in Design & Technology to encourage young people to explore, challenge and understand the world in which they live? If so, our Secondary D&T course is for you.
D&T covers a number of subject specialisms and encompasses the teaching of designing, making and evaluative skills as well as developing technical knowledge. It involves working with in a range of materials and processes including resistant materials, systems and control, CAD/CAM, textiles, food technology and hospitality. We expect you to specialise in one of these areas and develop skills in a range of the others. As a trainee you will learn how to teach D&T to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching design technology through a combination of subject expert sessions and school-led training.
You’ll specialise in the subject you studied for your undergraduate degree (such as food, textiles or product design) but you’ll also learn practical skills across the full curriculum.
The course is often tailored to the areas of weakness identified by trainees at the start of the course. However, typically these topics have included:
- Technology in the classroom
- Assessment opportunities in the classroom
- Risk assessment/Health & Safety
- Planning for practical lessons and classroom management
- Skills and technique workshop for KS3
- Building resources for KS3
- Core Technology for KS4
- The Design Process – interactive design – links across Technology (RM, TX, GR)
- Delivery of NEA’s
- Specialist Techniques KS4/KS5
All aspects of the subject are addressed during the course, including meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum and national initiatives such as Assessment for Learning (AfL). With focused study of D&T at post-16 you will not only be equipped to teach pupils and students in the 11-16 age range but will have opportunities to gain experience of teaching at the 16-19 level.
These sessions are delivered by a D&T Subject Expert in schools, therefore you are required to travel to Stafford for the delivery of these sessions.
To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative practitioner, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working.