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Mrs Hazel Griffiths

Teacher of Design & Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

DT focuses on allowing KS3 pupils to explore a range of practical subjects and topics prior to selecting and specialising in higher years. The variety of topics covered in DT allows pupils to gain a basic understanding of life-long skills and processes, to then develop as they progress.

Students start by covering a Resistant Materials project in Term 1 which allows them to identify the links between designing and making – here students will develop basic drawing/design skills, research and create whilst focusing on a singular theme or topic.

DT aims to give all pupils the confidence to work creatively and apply skills from various subjects to a practical topic or theme.

At KS4 the course currently being delivered is OCR Cambridge Nationals Engineering which is on the performance criteria and equivalent to a full GCSE. Engineering Design is graded on a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

It comprises of one controlled assessment unit and exam for the award course or three controlled assessment units and exam for the certificate. The exam can be taken and re-sit once after enabling the students the best possible chance of achieving their full potential.

Engineering Design units focus on Unit R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements, Unit R106: Product analysis and research, Unit R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs and Unit R108: 3D design realisation.

OCR Cambridge Nationals Engineering provide learners with the underpinning skills and knowledge that will enable them to choose the most appropriate progression routes for their needs (further study, Further Education (FE) or employment). Progression from OCR Level 1/ Level 2 Cambridge National Award/Certificate/in Engineering to Cambridge Technical in Engineering at Level 2 and Level 3 or Apprenticeships.

The school is committed to high standards of health, safety, and welfare. It is the school policy to improve them and create a safe environment for all our staff and pupils.

  • We aim to set standards that comply with all relevant statutory requirements so that the health and safety of staff, students, visitors, and the public are not adversely affected by the activities of the school.
  • To create a safe and settled environment for design technology to flourish. Where everyone shares a clear view of values.
  • To provide a broad, balanced, and progressive design technology programme for all pupils, and all abilities.
  • To encourage positive appropriate behaviour. Respect for themselves and others and to recognise self-worth and ability.

To support and consider the different sensory difficulties that our students may have and support their learning with added equipment.

Learn More about our D&T Curriculum

Mrs Hazel Griffiths

Teacher of Design & Technology

Queensway South Subjects