Alison Hardy: How have D&T departments responded to the new national curriculum?

We know that there are all kinds of pressures on D&T departments at the moment, from staff recruitment, through adapting to changing curricula, to the ways that the EBacc is influencing SLTs’ views of the subject.

The informal feedback that I’m getting from teachers is generally not encouraging, but with islands of “I don’t really see what the problem is”. However, it would be really useful to get a less anecdotal picture of the situation. This would help with campaigns to support D&T in the curriculum, such as those from the D&TA and baccforthefuture, and should also inform efforts to help strengthen D&T departments

Alison Hardy

Alison Hardy

Fortunately, Alison Hardy at NTU is working on this. She says:

Can you spare a few moments to complete a questionnaire and maybe a follow up interview?
A group of 6 students at Nottingham Trent University who are studying Childhood Studies have been commissioned by me to undertake some research. I’ve asked them to find out ‘How have D&T departments responded to the new national curriculum?’.
Your responses will help us at NTU prepare our trainee D&T teacher by giving them up to date information on what is happening in schools.
The survey can be found here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/6O5OS/
All of your responses will be kept confidential – they won’t even tell me who has replied!
Thanks,
Alison
Please help Alison – and the subject – if you are able.