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Better by design –

Better by design –

Sir Jim’s proposals capture the essentials of primary design and technology

Sir Jim Rose’s final report on the primary curriculum is good news for children’s learning in design and technology. The Design and Technology Association welcomes the draft programme for scientific and technological understanding. The proposals will ensure that children carry out the designing and making activities they enjoy and help prepare them for life in an advanced technological society.

Gareth Pimley, Assistant Chief Executive at the Design and Technology Association said, ‘We are pleased with Sir Jim’s proposals which will revitalise practice in primary design and technology. The draft programme makes logical connections between design and technology, science and other subjects which should improve the quality of teaching in primary schools and motivate children to learn. It also emphasises the need for discrete opportunities for children to design and make products using a range of materials and components.’

The proposals place design and technology in a broader context than the current National Curriculum. Children will be able to see the relevance of designing and making in the wider world and will be encouraged to be innovative and inventive. ‘We live in a designed and made world and therefore design and technology has a huge impact on our everyday lives. I am delighted that this is reflected in the draft programme, with opportunities for children to learn from experts and enthusiasts and to explore inventions from other cultures and times’ said Richard Green, Chief Executive of the D&T Association. ‘We will be working very closely with the Association for Science Education, the Science Learning Centres and other subject associations to ensure that schools get the best possible advice and support in the run up to implementation in September 2011.’

The National Association of Advisers and Inspectors in Design and Technology (NAAIDT) also welcomes Sir Jim’s report. Pam Bolton, Executive Member, said, ‘These proposals provide us with a sound foundation on which to build a quality experience in design and technology’. The Design and Technology Association and NAAIDT will produce a detailed response to the Final Report as part of the formal consultation.

Notes to Editors

1.     Sir Jim Rose’s Final Report is available at

2.     The proposals for design and technology are in the draft programme of learning for ‘scientific and technological understanding’.

3.     Design and technology is a subject where children design and make functional products with clear purposes and users in mind.

4.     The Design and Technology Association is the professional association for everyone involved in design and technology education in primary and secondary schools. Design and Technology Association, 16 Wellesbourne House, Walton Rd, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9JB

Communications Manager:  Deborah Watson 01789 473904

D&T Association switchboard:  01789 470007

30 Apr 2009

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