design and technology

Design and Technology at Beatrice Tate School

Design & Technology (D&T) as an integrated subject within other Key Learning Areas

  • Across the Key Stages, D&T is concurrently programmed and taught with Science, Maths, Humanities, Work Related Learning and other subjects. These are double sessions and run throughout the year.
  • The areas of focus for D&T is highly complementary to those it has been scheduled to run alongside, broadening the accessibility and applicability of the subject to suit the learning styles of our students.

D&T at Beatrice Tate is guided by the ‘EQUALS’ D&T schemes of work and national curriculum requirements*

Three themes are used to provide a structured context for all D&T units. These are:

  1. Fashion and Textiles
  2. Food Technology & Technology in the home
  3. Construction & Design

The termly programme of study units may be combined in different ways to respond to the specific needs and priorities of individual students or groups of students, but the year-by-year progression through the units is not compromised.

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms, for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles in their products

The new D&T programmes of study will be taught through our existing D&T themes at a level appropriate to our pupils needs.