The Design and Technology Association and the National Curriculum Expert Group for D&T are positive about the new programmes of study and believe they provide a sound basis for teaching and learning D&T from KS1 to KS3. The new programmes of study are slimmer and set out only the essential, core knowledge, understanding and skills that all pupils should learn from KS1 to KS3. Schools will need to consider wider aspects of D&T not included in the National Curriculum which they would like to teach as part of their own school curriculum. This will depend, in part, on the local resources, teacher expertise and interests of pupils at the school.
This 14-page publication has been written to help primary and secondary schools interpret words and phrases in the programmes of study that need further explanation. It also provides initial advice on how the new requirements can be implemented effectively to ensure good quality teaching and learning. Additional guidance is available on the Design & Technology Association’s website.
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