This course will cover the new specification, exploring the changes, what still remains and the NEA themes, contexts and assessment criteria, helping you to build your knowledge and ideas in preparation for delivery of this crucial aspect of GCSE Design and Technology.

This interactive course will give you an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues.


  • Detailed look at the course structure and assessment
  • Discuss current models of delivery (group activity)
  • Discuss the implications of good and bad practice (group activity)
  • Detailed coverage of styles, presentation and communication techniques which allow for success in the NEA
  • Look at new technologies and how to maximise these within the NEA
  • An opportunity to ask questions of an expert about different ways of presenting the NEA
COURSE DATES Manchester Friday 19 October 2018
London Friday 16 November 2018
  • All teachers of GCSE Design and Technology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.15am: Teaching the GCSE Design and Technology specification to prepare for the NEA

  • Review and discussion of the new GCSE specification content
  • Making sure that students have sufficient practical and theoretical knowledge before beginning the NEA
  • The importance of the design element in the new specification
  • Detailed look at the NEA mark scheme – what will moderators be looking for

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Planning the NEA and responding to briefs

  • Teaching how to contextualise awarding body briefs
  • Contextualising NEA briefs appropriately (Interactive exercises between presenters and delegates)
  • Practice projects in Year 10: teaching skills and content so that students are ready for the NEA
  • Styles, communication and presentation – meeting the NEA requirements

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Completing the NEA

  • The importance of the iterative process and making sure students demonstrate it
  • Maintaining motivation and subject progress during the NEA process
  • Meeting the awarding body standards
  • Use of IT and traditional skills: what is appropriate and when
  • Good and Bad practice for students and teachers

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: NEA Marking and Final Round up

  • Marking correctly to avoid adjustment
  • Interactive marking exercise with delegates
  • Group discussions on issues regarding the NEA
  • Questions and answers round up

Gordon Barratt

Senior Coursework Advisor and Moderator for A/AS Level Product Design for a major awarding body. Recently retired Assistant Head teacher of a large 11-18 Technology College in Nottinghamshire and a highly experienced presenter and author for D&T.

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