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Design technology
teacher training

Course code
235R

Bursary
£15k

Course length
10 months

Course fee
£9,250

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

Support

 

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. 

You may be eligible for funding to help support your teacher training year

At North East SCITT, your PGCE is awarded by, globally renowned, Durham University

Our lead school, The Academy at Shotton Hall, is one of only 23 Research Schools in the UK

Complete your initial teacher training year with North East SCITT in just 10 months

We are in partnership with over 90 education providers across the North East

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.

Lisa Keech

Career changer

I felt confident that the training would be top quality, and I would be really well supported.”

Read all about Lisa's journey into teaching here

WHAT OUR TRAINEES SAY ABOUT US

"Fantastic all round training. What has really stood out for me is how supportive the whole SCITT team have been throughout the year. The highlight was my second placement which was excellent and the perfect fit!"