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With almost 30 years leading and teaching Design and Technology with moderation and examining experience, these resources have been used to achieve very high pass rates and a wide range of innovative outcomes. The author has extensive experience as a DATA consultant, resource producer and presenter, and as a commercial 2D and 3D designer, visualiser and illustrator. He is also a prolific writer on the subject of D&T whose Subject Genius D&T blog was shortlisted in the TES 2016 awards.

With almost 30 years leading and teaching Design and Technology with moderation and examining experience, these resources have been used to achieve very high pass rates and a wide range of innovative outcomes. The author has extensive experience as a DATA consultant, resource producer and presenter, and as a commercial 2D and 3D designer, visualiser and illustrator. He is also a prolific writer on the subject of D&T whose Subject Genius D&T blog was shortlisted in the TES 2016 awards.
Ultimate D&T GCSE Teacher Toolkit
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Ultimate D&T GCSE Teacher Toolkit

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This is a collection of all my current AQA GCSE Design and Technology resources. It provides everything you need to teach, assess and track the theory content with compulsory units 3.1 and 3.3 and the 3.2 specialist materials covering timbers and woods, paper and boards, metals and alloys, polymers and textiles. There is also extensive support for the NEA through an exemplar folder (and 3D printing files), students guides and much more. It represents a saving of over 35% if buying all the resources separately.
AQA A Level theory lesson presentations with tracker
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AQA A Level theory lesson presentations with tracker

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Update (June 2020) Three additional lessons have been added to introduce the concept of lateral thinking at the beginning of the course and two presentations on prototypes. There are over 100 slides in the extra lessons. This bundle has all the A Level presentations with integrated past paper questions and official mark scheme answers. It provides 60+ lessons worth of materials with approximately 1500 slides in Powerpoint Show format so MS Office is not needed to run them. However, if you open these files in Powerpoint, they can be edited. Also bundled is the A Level tracker with an assessment sheet which matches these lessons presentations. It allows you to track the students progress in theory and the NEA and to use this data to accurately predict an estimated grade. This resource is all you need to deliver the theory content in a visual form and assess knowledge and understanding in preparation for mock and real examinations. It is suggested to use this resource with the approved Hodder AQA A level book but it is not necessary. Note: the sets are downloaded as compressed/zip files so please unzip/unpack before trying to use the presentations.
AQA D&T GCSE teacher toolkit (timbers and wood)
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AQA D&T GCSE teacher toolkit (timbers and wood)

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This is a collection of all the current AQA GCSE Design and Technology resources. It provides everything you need to teach, assess and track the theory content but with the 3.2 specialist material focus on timber and wood, as well as extensive support for the NEA. It represents a saving of over 30% if buying all the resources separately.
AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9-1 Tracker (with comment banks) UPDATED January 2021!
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AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9-1 Tracker (with comment banks) UPDATED January 2021!

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Updated January 2021 with all the AQA theory mapped over 50 lessons with ongoing assessments. Supporting presentations that match the lessons which are now available! This enhanced version of the AQA GCSE tracker has been updated to generate comments from the marks awarded. It has been updated to have the two AQA specimen papers for reference and the 2019 GCSE paper to use as a mock examination which will be added to the NEA assessment to give an accurate prediction based on the previous years’s grade boundaries. A PDF guide to using the tracker has now been added to the resource. Please note the Grade Boundary sheet is up to date with the 2019 grade boundaries for both the paper and NEA as of 22/8/19. To use: Simply use the Context sheet to enter all student details including candidate number and attainment target. Use the Comment sheet to award marks for each Assessment Objective and comments will be provided in the boxes for use in CRF’s or reports. Use the Mock sheet to add the marks from the 2019 paper used as a mock exam. Use the Theory sheet to help plan out your weekly lessons to ensure all the theory is covered. You can also use this to keep a track of ongoing assessments and it will show an average. It will also allow you to compare a test paper to the final mock to see if the students have improved. Everything will then be transferred to the front Summary sheet, totals will be generated and levels awarded derived from the existing GCSE boundaries. Old type grades are also provided for reference. All the cells that do not need editing are locked to avoid making mistakes but the sheet can be unlocked with the password ‘gcse’. Updated May 2016 with room for 26 student names and added a pie chart to show percentage of students who were above/below target. More can be added if you are comfortable with editing Excel spreadsheets or simply make additional copies of the spreadsheet for the additional students. If you have less than 26, ensure that there is nothing entered into the A8 column on the context sheet and the pie chart will ignore these when calculating the percentage of students above/below target. Extra sheets for homework and assessments can be tailored to suit your needs and will not affect the Summary sheet or the predicted levels.
AQA GCSE CompulsoryTheory bundle
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AQA GCSE CompulsoryTheory bundle

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This bundle contains units 3.1: Core technical principles and unit 3.3: Designing and making principles. These cover all compulsory knowledge for the GCSE examination with past paper questions which match the sections of the GCSE tracking spreadsheet. Also included are 10 additional ‘breakout’ lessons should you wish to explore subject matter in more detail. A large format materials revision poster has also been added to the bundle. Lessons for 3.2: Specialist technical principleswill be available to purchase separately so you can choose just the material(s) you intend to focus on.
AQA GCSE Design and Technology 3.2: Specialist technical principles (Timber and wood)
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AQA GCSE Design and Technology 3.2: Specialist technical principles (Timber and wood)

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Update: Mark scheme added for the past paper and other questions in the lessons. A set of 15 lessons in editable Powerpoint Show format which cover the teaching of Wood and Timber. Each lesson includes a lesson outcome, introduction, summary of the unit and revision tips as well as links to maths and science and a suggested practical activity. Questions and past paper questions are matched to those in the AQA DT tracker (recently updated) so you can deliver theory as well as assessing knowledge and tracking progress. You only need to cover ONE material group in depth so use this resource with the GCSE theory bundle available separately which covers all of the compulsory learning units.
Autopack and PocketAuto
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Autopack and PocketAuto

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Two products. One design. UPDATE (August 2020): The Solidworks tutorial has now been added to the resource in Powerpoint Show and PDF formats. A pair of physical resources aimed at primary learners but also useful for teaching mechanisms at KS3 and KS4. The resource contains a 96 page step-by-step Solidworks tutorial on how to model, render and animate the Automaton as well as how to make working drawings and process these to make laser cutting files. The full 3D model for each product is supplied in Solidworks format with editable parts and they are already mated and animated. Also provided are the laser cutting files to make your own if you dont wish to work through the tutorial. These are in Adobe Illustrator format and ready to cut. Alternatively they can be converted to .DXF to use in your program of choice.
Apple Product Timeline
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Apple Product Timeline

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An A3 poster which shows the main Apple products in several categories and the years they were released. Updated 2020 with recent products.
GCSE 9-1 Design and Technology NEA Student Guide (AQA
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GCSE 9-1 Design and Technology NEA Student Guide (AQA

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This PDF is intended as a guide for students to help them through their NEA in the new GCSE Design and Technology. It is a 32-page printable booklet which can be used digitally or is ideal for an A5 size pamplet (using just 8 sheet of A4). It has no worksheets or questions but describes each section of the NEA with illustrations taken from the accompanying exemplar folder which is available separately or as part of a bundle at a reduced price. Because this is a generic guide linked to a sample context, it does not constitute a writing frame so can be given to students to support them in their GCSE NEA. It is designed to support the AQA syllabus but can be used for other examination boards.
KS3 Modular Desk Organiser Bundle
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KS3 Modular Desk Organiser Bundle

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This bundle includes the basic design booklet template, the tracking spreadsheet and the additional sheets to support the modular desk organiser project which covers a wide range of skills, techniques and processes.
USB Lantern remote learning resource
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USB Lantern remote learning resource

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This is a resource designed specifically to support the teaching of Design and Technology at KS3 via remote learning. Rather than adapting an old classroom resource to try and teach remotely, this resource takes advantage of the situation to provide a unique learning experience. Students can learn many of the skills an industrial designer needs to work in industry often in a different location to manufacturing facilities. A wide range of skills and techniques can be incorporated into this project making it adaptable for a range of ages, abilities and environments. Several of these are suggested in the supporting documents. The resource currently consists of a 52 page Powerpoint Show (Office not required to view), a 34 page PDF SketchUp tutorial document and three files for cutting the components. A printable packaging net is also included as well as a template for a paper diffuser should students wish to take that option. We have also included a shortened version of the 40 page workbook that is designed to be used in Powerpoint so no need to print off paper copies. Hopefully this will inspire you to develop your own format and aid the move to a digital format in the future. The laser cutting files are in Adobe Illustrator format but the program is currently free to use for a few months so you can use it as it is or just to export to DXF or other format you may need during the trial period if you don’t already own and use this software.
Cambridge IGCSE D&T complete teacher toolkit
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Cambridge IGCSE D&T complete teacher toolkit

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This is a bundle of all the IGCSE resources for Design and Technology Resistant Materials. It contains all the theory presentations and associated trackers, exemplar folder and student guide. Some additional lessons and supporting materials are also included. This provides you with all you need to teach, assess and track the theory content and support the practical component for the course and the written examinations.
GCSE Design and Technology Digital Folder Checklist
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GCSE Design and Technology Digital Folder Checklist

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Designed to be used for the outgoing GCSE and the new 2017 syllabus, this checklist can be used to ensure that a complete folder of work is produced. It can also be used to produce the relevant sheets for a digital folder or as an assessment tool and progress tracker. Easy to edit to suit the needs of the centre, subject or students, this is based on the AQA NEA requirements.
GCSE Feedback Sheet
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GCSE Feedback Sheet

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A free resource for adding feedback to students for practical work/controlled assessment/NEA. It is in a digital format so it can be added to a VLE or online storage for access by student and teacher. The teacher completes the blue and green sections while the student completes the pink section.
GCSE D&T Exemplar Complete Toolkit
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GCSE D&T Exemplar Complete Toolkit

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Updated (November 2020): A 105 slide presentation has been added to the bundle. This Powerpoint Show presentation is self running but can be edited in Powerpoint. It provides support and visual feedback on the various stages of the NEA and will be a valuable classroom resource. This bundle includes all you need to inspire students and to help them aspire to achieving the highest possible marks in the D&T GCSE NEA. Also suitable for AS and A Level. It has tracking, checklists, student guides, an exemplar folder and even a 3D printable outcome to support it.
AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated November 2020]
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AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated November 2020]

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UPDATE: November 2020 additional pages added to support the use of the Braille Box to teach about branding, IP, patents, crowdfunding, ecological footprint and more. Specification updated to match the new theory presentations that will soon be available. This is my own take on what I believe a level 9 folder could look like for the new AQA GCSE in Design and Technology and was produced when no examplar material was avalable from examination boards. It is appropriate for the ‘children’s learning and play’ sample context and covers exploring a context, iterative design, prototyping and client led brief along with investigations, analysis and evaluations. Supplied as both self-running Powerpoint Show and printable PDF file, there are 40 slides in the folder as per the AQA suggested limit, each with a commentary and a summary at the end of each A0 as well as extra slides at the end to support the process. In total there are now 68 slides here but the extra slides are for the benefit of the teacher, or to explain and justify the marks awarded.** There is evidence in the folder of SketchUp, Solidworks, Photoshop and the use of CNC equipment and 3D printing. It is not endorsed by any examination board but can inspire you in your approach to teaching the new NEA in your school to a very high standard. I worked as an examiner and moderator for the AQA for 20 years with 27 years D&T teaching and leadership experience where many students achieved 100% for their coursework. This is based on that experience and a culmination of assessing thousands of folders coupled with industry design experience. Additionally, I have consulted for DATA, TES, V&A, Routledge, PGOnline, Doddle and the BBC. Recent additions (July 2018) include 16 extra slides to show a summary of modelling, drawing, CAD etc. and further development of the product beyond the GCSE prototype into AS/A Level territory with the outcome being a completely 3D printed prototype. August 2018 update simply adds some extra info.
The 7 Year A Level: Planning a D&T curriculum from Key Stage 2
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The 7 Year A Level: Planning a D&T curriculum from Key Stage 2

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This resource is intended to help you in planning out your D&T curriculum over 3, 5 or 7+ years and allows for work from the end of KS2 up to KS5. The resource contains a blank project/task mapping spreadsheet and one filled in with examples to help you get started. These cover the main areas in the national curriculum and examination level along with additional columns for maths, science and technical skills. Also included is a skills assessment spreadsheet to visualise how you have covered all the skills across Key Stages 3 and 4, and a comprehensive list of D&T skills to cover in editable Word format. Using this resource with the other KS3 resources available, you will have a comprehensive set of resources to help you plan and deliver an effective D&T curriculum. Also included is a breakdown of the AQA GCSE theory requirements with additional sections to be used with the skills/project mapping or curriculum planning.
SketchUp Wood Joints (make your own)
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SketchUp Wood Joints (make your own)

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This consists of three SketchUp files; one an exploded version, a final model with supporting images for you to use as you need and an orthographic version to show how you use the inbuilt dimension tool to make working drawings. It could be a practical lesson for students or a practical test for a technician or new teacher. Its makes a box of box joints which then fits into a frame of frame joints. It is also useful as an isometric or 3D drawing exercise. NOTE: This will work with SketchUp Make 2017.
Cambridge IGCSE Design and Technology toolkit
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Cambridge IGCSE Design and Technology toolkit

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This bundle consists of all you need to support the teaching of the IGCSE in Design and Technology with a focus on resistant materials/product design: An comprehensive A* level exemplar folder with over 30 extra sheets of supporting information and graphics A 36 page illustrated student guide Detailed tracking and assessment spreadsheets for the 9-1 and A-E syllabus.