Suitable for teachers new to teaching A Level D & T,  this course provides an overview of the 2 year new specification for first teaching from September 2017.  Delegates will leave with a wide range of strategies and ideas which can be used throughout the course to challenge students in achieving successful outcomes.


  • Receive a wide range of strategies and ideas to challenge students and develop high level thinking skills
  • Gain provision with planning the transition through the Key stages and how to support students into the world of design
  • Examine how to check and monitor students’ progress
  • Explore the new style exams – understanding how exam papers are written and marked
  • Investigate the national picture and receive an overview of the A-Level course


COURSE DATE London Tuesday 14 November 2017
WHO FOR?  All teachers new to delivering A-Level D & T Product Design
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.30am: A level Product Design structure

  • Overview of the A level course
  • Investigation into all examination boards for A level Product design
  • National picture in 2016/17: Product Design
  • What issues exist in all A level units?

10.30 – 11.00am:The key areas of A-level Product Design

  • Effective teaching strategies for key concepts
  • Effective strategies and ideas for teaching the key concepts
  • Running themes through the A-level Product Design course

11.00 – 11.20am: Discussion: coffee break


11.20 – 11.50am: Transition through the Key stages

  • Understanding of mapping of KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum
  • Support from moving towards delivery of KS5 teaching from KS3 and 4 teachers, looking at the differences, developments and understanding how to move students into KS5 thinking

11.50 – 12.20pm: From A-level and beyond

  • Supporting or students into the world of design, including supporting University, Foundation and Apprenticeship portfolios
  • Case Study examples

12.20 – 1.00pm: Developing a skills based approach to teaching theory

  • Developing higher level thinking skills in our students to support higher examination outcomes
  • Exploring the starting points, and effective checking and monitoring
  • Exploring the new style exams – understanding how exam papers are written and marked
  • Range of questions, students common misconceptions in A to E grade questions

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Unit 2 - practical strategies in the classroom: creative starting points with project ideas

  • A range of practical strategies for potential starting points for D&T A-Level Unit 2 and Unit 4
  • How to encourage students to take risks and tackle more creative, imaginative projects
  • Examples of effective work and how they were achieved
  • Monitoring and tracking of practical units
  • Keeping all ability students motivated

3.00 – 3.40pm: Looking forward to 2017

  • Comparing the draft specifications
  • AQA – what’s new and what’s different?
  • Ensuring continuity in outcomes and progress with a skills-based approach

To be confirmed