Design and Technology, as many teachers would agree, is one of the most interesting, vibrant and rewarding subjects to teach at school. By its very nature, teachers and students alike are taken on a continual journey through the fascinations of today’s industry to a peek filled with anticipation of the technologies of tomorrow.
From topics like product development, manufacturing and food technology, to the excitement of space and time travel, unlike many conventional subjects, Design and Technology is one which requires the utmost charisma from the most dynamic of teachers. A wide array of subjects is covered in one and teachers are undoubtedly kept on their toes, keeping up with new advances in technologies which inevitably bring constant changes to the curriculum. The rewards in return, do, for certain, outweigh the hard work, however. Never ending opportunities for teachers to share their enthusiasm and utilise their creativity to the max brings no shortage of enthralling experiences for students, who are only too keen to learn.
Design and Technology teachers are hot property in schools and benefit from competitive salaries, fantastic training and great prospects for rapid progression. On the job, they enjoy the support of technicians and other teaching assistants to help students though their practical and theoretical assignments. Strong team work is involved with shared ideas for learning among departmental staff with the support and backing of senior colleagues. It’s a job that is highly regarded from the start, with trainee design and technology teachers even enjoying enhanced financial support to help them through their training.
GCSE Design and Technology offers a wide range of topics from electronics and resistant materials to textiles, graphics and food technology, covering areas like environmental impacts of electronics, nutrition and the influences of food technology, as well as product design, manufacturing the legal and moral issues surrounding product design.
A level Design and Technology students get the opportunity to explore topics even further and are required to sit a written exam covering areas like product lifecycle, environmental sustainability, and computer aided design (CAD). A level Design and Technology, in addition, offers pupils a chance to build a portfolio of design work and/or a single larger “design and make” project, all with the help and support of the Design and Technology teacher, the technician and other teaching assistants in the team.
Design and Technology truly is a special subject to teach, with endless rewards and learning opportunities for teachers and pupils alike. The inventors of tomorrow could be sitting in these classrooms. It’s difficult to imagine a career that rivals this, the opportunity to be preparing kids for a potential big break into an adventurous career.Tags: conventional subjects, design and technology, fascinations, rapid progression, technology teachers