Current and recent teacher education and continuing professional development (CPD)

Both Torben and David have extensive experience of both initial and in-service teacher education, having run PGCE courses and a wide range of CPD activities, including courses and events at conferences both in the UK and abroad.

We are both in the slightly unusual position of having careers that started in the Sciences and moved into D&T education, which has left us with particular interests in the relationships and links between the STEM subjects.

We frequently run CPD activities together, a recent example being a day at the NW Science Learning Centre on “Cutting Edge D&T: Disruptive Technologies”.

We have also both worked with the Kusuma Trust and Open University’s Udbhav project to support the development of science teacher pedagogy in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; this involved a mixture of developing support materials and running teacher workshops in Uttar Pradesh.

We are both consultant members of the D&T Association and operate under the consultants’ code of practice.

Both CPD and ITE work can be arranged to suit individual needs. Please contact us for more information.

David Barlex

David has an academic background in chemistry and a professional teaching career that involved both science and design & technology. He has particular expertise in curriculum development, pedagogy that develops designerly thinking and creativity and teacher professional development. He co-authored the Engineering for Education (E4E) report New Principles for Design & Technology in the National Curriculum. Currently he divides his time between academic writing, acting as an external examiner for initial teacher education courses and further degrees and providing professional development for design & technology teachers in both primary and secondary schools.


Torben is an accredited trainer for the D&T Association’s Digital D&T (DD&T) program and runs, with David Taylor, Mark Gilbert and Paul Clewes, the Greater Manchester DD&T Support Centre. Through the Support Centre he runs a range of courses for teachers and supports the annual North West D&T Festival. He also continues to contribute to Initial Teacher Education courses – in particular in the areas of Electronics, Control and Computing, including Programming.

Torben has also recently developed and run electronics courses for the National Science Learning Centre in York; an online e-textiles course and a 3-day residential course on electronics for beginners. He also provides CPD in areas

Torben has an academic background in Physics and Computing and a professional teaching career that encompassed these areas as well as general science and design and technology. He has particular expertise in electronics and control technologies as well as digital manufacturing technologies generally.

In general, courses run by Torben are advertised on the DD&T NW website and many can be directly booked through that site as well.

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