Through this new course teachers will consider different approaches to the delivery of the subject in an inspiring and creative manner, including the more challenging aspects of the new A-level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles specifications. There will be a particular focus on training students for NEA through teaching activities which cover the subject content, as well as exam technique advice, including information from the AS exams to highlight areas of challenge for students.


  • Find out about the significant changes to the NEA assessment criteria from a senior Moderator and what this means for your ongoing teaching
  • Receive advice on how guide students through choosing and investigating contexts
  • Increase knowledge of techniques and strategies that will encourage students to investigate, experiment and take risks in the designing of textile prototypes and in answering exam questions well
  • Discover and explore embellishment techniques used in the development of textile prototypes
  • Take away resources to use with students to give them confidence as they work through the NEA
COURSE DATES Manchester Wednesday 24 October 2018
London Tuesday 13 November 2018
  • Textiles or Art Teachers who are delivering the AS and A level specification
  • Technicians who are supporting the delivery of Fashion and Textiles
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 – 11.00am: Understanding the requirements of the specification

  • Why the approach to this specification is so different from the legacy spec
  • How to raise student achievement through understanding the assessment criteria
  • The value of student prompt sheets
  • Feedback from the 2018 AS examinations – using this information to improve student performance and understanding in future exams
  • Making sure that students are working to the appropriate standards in Year 12
  • Where the Assessment Objectives are tested across the exams and NEA and how to factor this into your teaching

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Assessment Objective 1: Sections A and B

  • What will an A grade project look like?
  • What might students present as evidence that they have met the assessment criteria?
  • Studying examples of students’ investigative work
  • Advising students on how to identify design opportunities when investigating the context
  • Writing challenging design briefs and specifications

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Assessment Objective 2: Sections C and D

  • Strategies for encouraging students to produce work that is different to their peers
  • Encouraging an iterative approach
  • Looking at different examples of approaching Section C the development of textile prototypes
  • Techniques for presenting design ideas
  • Complexity, challenge and high levels of demand in textile products
  • Using Year 12 teaching to make sure skills and understanding are embedded to produce high quality work in NEA and the exams

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Textile techniques used to embellish work

  • Looking at examples of students’ work that has a strong experimental approach
  • Looking at an extensive range of techniques that can help to promote originality when making prototypes
  • How students can use modern techniques, fabrics and technologies to enhance their work
  • Making sure students see the links across the specification content and can use it to produce excellent work

Denise Davies

Experienced teacher, Head of Faculty, Advanced Skills Teacher, Trainee student trainer and mentor, senior moderator and former Chief Examiner. Denise is also the co-author of the Hodder A level Fashion and Textiles Text Book.

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