The proposals outlined in the Vision Paper call for several essential measures, including increasing the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) bursary to match other STEM subjects, providing incentives for industry professionals to transition into teaching design and technology, and securing funding for subject-based training for teachers across both primary and secondary sectors. These steps aim to equip educators with up-to-date knowledge and expertise and provide non-specialists teaching the subject with the necessary training.
"Reimagining D&T" addresses the need for curriculum development in primary and Key Stage 3 (KS3) levels. The paper advocates for a greater focus on sustainability, energy conservation, design thinking, empathetic design, teamwork, and presentation skills. Additionally, it highlights the successful trial of additive manufacturing in primary education and calls for funding to extend this initiative nationwide.
The Design & Technology Association is calling upon the government, educational institutions, and industry leaders to recognise the crucial role of design and technology education in shaping the future of innovation, economic growth, and the workforce. They firmly believe that an updated curriculum will not only inspire and engage students but also equip them with essential skills for life and employment. Furthermore, they stress that such an approach will foster a society that addresses pressing challenges, including the climate crisis and the circular economy.