Why teaching design technology is important
Design and technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable.
The qualities that make an outstanding design technology teacher
A great technology teacher must have a passion and understanding of a range of materials and design and manufacturing processes in both food and product design. They must enjoy problem solving and making products from a range of contextual challenges. They will ignite students' passion for the subject and inspire many of them to pursue a career in design technology.
Subject knowledge needed to teach design technology
A strong working knowledge of product design, textiles, engineering or food technology would be advantageous. In preparation for a career in design technology you could visit design technology departments and industrial settings. You could also comple short courses such as COSHH and HACCP. Having a good understanding of maths and science would also benefit you.
A good starting point for improving your subject knowledge, or working on any areas of weakness is the BBC Bitesize website. Looking at the National Curriculum for this subject will also be beneficial, as it will give you an overview of which topics are covered.
Overview of our design technology course
Sept: Core training and mini placements
Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation
Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Durham University Teaching Conference (1 week)
Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements
Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation
Feb-May: Second teaching placement (11 weeks)
Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview
We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert design technology teachers during your two teaching placements.
Secondary teacher training courses
(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):
To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.
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