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We provide high quality resources that help pupils to improve their results in the STEM subjects. Our team includes award winning teachers and former senior and principal examiners from across a range of examination bodies. We understand that raising attainment and supporting the progress of learners is key to developing outstanding learning and teaching.
Starter or Plenary Slides for Engineering Drawing
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Starter or Plenary Slides for Engineering Drawing

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Create outstanding customised plenaries for your Engineering class projects in minutes! A key topic in GCSE Engineering courses is working, or orthographic, drawings. However, examiners have frequently found that questions about working drawings are often answered very badly. This starter supports knowledge recall, to support pupils towards raising their exam performance. This resource contains over 70 PowerPoint slides, designed to support literacy in technology. They include image and feature recognition, missing word sentences and anagrams. Simply copy and paste the appropriate slides for your own projects. This is suitable for use at Key Stage 3 or to support GCSE Engineering. It is supplied with an example plenary created using the resource, which has been used in the classroom with great success.
Dealing with Exam Stress
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Dealing with Exam Stress

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This is a PowerPoint resource to guide pupils in understanding and taking practical steps to reduce the amount of stress that they might feel when preparing for and sitting their GCSE exams. Exam periods can be very stressful times for pupils, particularly when sitting their GCSEs. This resource has been written by an experienced teacher with a proven track record of achieving outstanding exam results to help pupils to reduce the stresses that they may feel during this key period, and guide them in how to channel their energies positively. This resource is suitable for any subject where examinations are a key component of the course, or can be used as part of a wider PSHE scheme of work.
Introduction to the 6Rs
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Introduction to the 6Rs

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Sustainability is a crucial part of Design and Technology and one of the topics at GCSE where pupils frequently make mistakes or show an incorrect understanding. This 20 page PowerPoint resource has been written by a former senior examiner for one of the three main examination boards and has been tried and tested with students in the classroom. It introduces the 6Rs (rethink, reduce, refuse, repair, reuse, recycle), explains to learners what each means and shows how each can be used. It also introduces activities to help students to remember the 6Rs and demonstrate the knowledge needed for the examination. It is suitable for the both the current and new GCSE D&T courses where sustainability and/or the 6Rs is covered by the specification. What teachers have said about this resource: 'Thanks for this resource - well made and very useable for my students.' - SG
Understanding the Command Words in GCSE Exam Questions - NEW Design and Technology (9-1)
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Understanding the Command Words in GCSE Exam Questions - NEW Design and Technology (9-1)

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This is a PowerPoint explaining the common command words that could be used in exam questions for the subject, alongside a sample question and answer for each type of question. In order to maximise exam performance, it is vital that pupils fully understand the questions that they are being asked so that they are able to answer them effectively. This can make a huge difference to the grades that they achieve. In addition, with the increased emphasis on literacy in schools it is more important than ever that pupils can understand exactly what they are being asked to write and demonstrate a good command of the English language when presenting their answers. This PowerPoint based resource, written by a former senior examiner, is designed to be used by teachers in class to guide pupils through the common command words that could be used in AQA GCSE Design and Technology examination questions. These include which, state, give, describe, explain and discuss. It can also be printed/placed on a VLE for students to use as part of their GCSE revision. In addition to an explanation of each command word, the resource also provides a sample question and answer for each, giving pupils clear examples of how to structure their answers to each type of question.
Understanding the Command Words in GCSE Exam Questions - Food Preparation and Nutrition
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Understanding the Command Words in GCSE Exam Questions - Food Preparation and Nutrition

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This is a PowerPoint explaining the common command words that could be used in exam questions for the subject, alongside a sample question and answer for each type of question. In order to maximise exam performance, it is vital that pupils fully understand the questions that they are being asked so that they are able to answer them effectively. This can make a huge difference to the grades that they achieve. In addition, with the increased emphasis on literacy in schools it is more important than ever that pupils can understand exactly what they are being asked to write and demonstrate a good command of the English language when presenting their answers. This PowerPoint based resource, written by a former senior examiner, is designed to be used by teachers in class to guide pupils through the common command words that could be used in AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition examination questions. These include which, state, give, describe, explain and discuss. It can also be printed/placed on a VLE for students to use as part of their GCSE revision. In addition to an explanation of each command word, the resource also provides a sample question and answer for each, giving pupils clear examples of how to structure their answers to each type of question.
Electronics Theory - Systems Approach
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Electronics Theory - Systems Approach

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This is a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation prepared by an experienced, award winning teacher and former senior examiner to assist in the delivery of the systems approach knowledge as part of the Engineering and/or D&T GCSE 9-1 specifications. It could also be used as a training resource to support colleagues unfamiliar with or new to this area of the specifications. Included is an overview of what makes a system, examples of input, process, driver and output devices, the use of block diagrams and feedback. Four exam style questions are presented so that students can test their knowledge and understanding.
Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food, Nutrition and Health
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food, Nutrition and Health

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Create outstanding customised starters and plenaries for your Food Preparation and Nutrition lessons in minutes! This resource contains over 60 slides. Its objective is to support literacy in the new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition, by focusing on key terms in food, nutrition and health. The slides include picture recognition, cloze questions and anagrams. Simply copy and paste the appropriate slides for your own lessons. This is suitable for use to support teaching of the new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition or at Key Stage 3. It has been written with direct reference to the AQA specification, but due to common content could be easily adapted for courses from other awarding bodies.
KS3 D&T Word Searches
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KS3 D&T Word Searches

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This pack contains series of five different word search based worksheets mapped directly to each section of the new Design and Technology national curriculum (Design, Make, Evaluate, Technical Knowledge, Cooking and Nutrition). It is designed to support literacy skills within KS3 D&T. Follow up questions are presented for each word search which ask learners to state the meaning of key words, thus getting learners to both spell and understand key words in the new curriculum effectively. Each worksheet comes with its own answer sheet giving the solution to the worksheet and example answers to the follow up questions on each sheet. These worksheets can be printed for use as quick lesson starters or plenaries. They can also be set as homework activities to reinforce key words learnt in lessons. The answer sheets can be used by teachers to mark pupil responses, or used by pupils as a peer assessment activity. Included in this Resource: One worksheet for each of the five diffierent strands in the new D&T national curriculum, each with a word search and follow up questions asking learners to state the definition of the key words. An answer sheet for each work sheet. Introductory notes explaining how to use the resource.
Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (OCR) - Electronic, Programmable and Mechanical Systems
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (OCR) - Electronic, Programmable and Mechanical Systems

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Create outstanding customised starters and plenaries for your Design and Technology lessons in minutes! This resource contains over 70 slides. Its objective is to support literacy in the new GCSE D&T, by focusing on key terms in electronic, programmable and mechanical systems. The slides include electronic symbols, component recognition, cloze questions and anagrams. Simply copy and paste the appropriate slides for your own lessons. This is suitable for use to support teaching of the new GCSE in D&T or at Key Stage 3. It has been written with direct reference to the OCR specification, which has now been approved for first teaching in September 2017.
NEW GCSE Engineering (9-1) Numeracy Pack
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NEW GCSE Engineering (9-1) Numeracy Pack

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The new GCSE 9-1 Engineering specification contains maths requirements that were not in the previous GCSE specification. These requirements are specifically tested in the exam, where a percentage of the marks are specifically allocated to them. This resource contains a skill worksheet and a practice worksheet for each of the maths requirements of the specification (two worksheets for each requirement, or 26 in total). These summarise the knowledge needed and provide practice questions in the style of exam questions, along with worked answers. These worksheets have been prepared by former senior examiners in Mathematics, Engineering and Design & Technology. This resource includes: Teachers' notes explaining the purpose and effective use of the resource. 13 skill sheets, each containing an outline of the relevant maths skill covered, a worked example of a question and a small number of questions for students to attempt. 13 practice sheets, each containing a series of practice questions for students of an increasing level of difficulty. Mark schemes/worked through answers for all questions asked in the pack.
Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (AQA) - Materials and Material Properties
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (AQA) - Materials and Material Properties

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Create outstanding customised starters and plenaries for your Design and Technology lessons in minutes! This resource contains over 60 slides. Its objective is to support literacy and numeracy in the new GCSE D&T, by focusing on key terms in materials and material properties. The slides include picture recognition, cloze questions, numeracy problems and anagrams. Simply copy and paste the appropriate slides for your own lessons. This is suitable for use to support teaching of the new GCSE in D&T or at Key Stage 3. It has been written with direct reference to the AQA specification, which has been approved for first teaching in September 2017.
KS3 D&T Homework Pack
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KS3 D&T Homework Pack

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There are three keys to success in exams: subject knowledge, exam technique and confidence. The sooner pupils begin to practice these the better they will become at answering exam questions, leading to them building the skills needed for success when they reach GCSE level. Our KS3 D&T homework pack has been written by examiners and outstanding teachers. It contains two separate worksheets for every point of the new KS3 Design and Technology national curriculum programme of study, written in the style of exam questions. These are each supported by an associated mark scheme. The questions can be printed and set as homework activities to support the lessons covering each area of subject knowledge, or for revision of topics covered. They can then be used as a peer assessment activity with students marking each others’ work, or marked by teachers. By using these worksheets, learners can consolidate or develop their subject knowledge. They can also increase their understanding of what exam questions ask for and how to answer them – therefore also helping to increase their confidence. This enables them to build early on the three key areas that they will need for success in their exams when they reach GCSE! This resource includes: Teachers notes, suggesting how the resource can be used effectively. A series of 38 individual worksheets containing exam-style questions. Immediately following each work sheet, a mark scheme for that question. What teachers have said about our homework packs: 'What a fantastic resource... I think it's brilliant!' - Steve Ridley, Middleton Technology College 'The homework packs are absolutely fantastic!' - James Longridge, Head of D&T - Heckmondwike Grammar School 'The homework pack is fab!! So glad you told me about it!' - KD, Staffordshire
D&T Health and Safety Risk Assessment Forms
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D&T Health and Safety Risk Assessment Forms

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This resource provides a form in an Excel format that can be used to carry out the risk assessment of Design & Technology workshops. Electronic copies can be used when updating the risk assessment, saving time by reducing the need to re-enter data or values that have not changed. The format used is based on that recommended in the D&T Association publication 'Risk assessment in Secondary Schools & Colleges Design & Technology Teaching Environments'. Included in this resource: An Excel spreadsheet tool to assist in carrying out risk assessments of D&T rooms. Notes explaining the effective use of the resource.
Understanding the Command Words in GCSE Exam Questions - Engineering (9-1)
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Understanding the Command Words in GCSE Exam Questions - Engineering (9-1)

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This is a PowerPoint explaining the common command words that could be used in exam questions for the subject, alongside a sample question and answer for each type of question. In order to maximise exam performance, it is vital that pupils fully understand the questions that they are being asked so that they are able to answer them effectively. This can make a huge difference to the grades that they achieve. In addition, with the increased emphasis on literacy in schools it is more important than ever that pupils can understand exactly what they are being asked to write and demonstrate a good command of the English language when presenting their answers. This PowerPoint based resource, written by a former senior examiner, is designed to be used by teachers in class to guide pupils through the common command words that could be used in AQA GCSE Engineering examination questions. These include which, state, give, describe, explain and discuss. It can also be printed/placed on a VLE for students to use as part of their GCSE revision. In addition to an explanation of each command word, the resource also provides a sample question and answer for each, giving pupils clear examples of how to structure their answers to each type of question.
GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology Assessment for Learning Resource Pack (For the AQA Specification)
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GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology Assessment for Learning Resource Pack (For the AQA Specification)

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This is a pack of resources designed to support Assessment for Learning in the new AQA 9-1 GCSE Design and Technology. This resource presents an approach that has been proven in classrooms to raise attainment. It breaks down the NEA criteria into a series of easy to understand statements in pupil friendly language. It supports both self assessment and peer assessment, thus enabling students to identify their own areas for improvement. It can also be used to support teachers in understanding and applying the assessment criteria for GCSE 9-1 D&T. It has been developed from an approach used for the previous GCSE D&T courses; this was developed by a former senior examiner and applied in his own classroom with great success, typically improving value added by more than one grade. Included in this pack: Teachers notes, including an introduction to using Assessment for Learning (AfL) and how to use the resource. An editable version of tables listing the specific requirements to achieve the marks in each section of the NEA, written in ‘pupil-speak’, alongside tick boxes for self and peer assessment. An editable ‘front section’ for a pupil AfL workbook, explaining how to use the resource and with spaces for setting appropriate targets. Copies of KS3 and KS4 level and grade descriptor statements derived from the GCSE 9-1 D&T specification. BONUS: Additional sheets detailing product analysis, specification writing and the use of SCARED for designing. The ‘tick-box’ tables can be used either individually or as a booklet by students, to support improvements in their own attainment. They are not specific to an individual project, so can be used with any of the contexts provided by the exam board.
Key Stage 3 Design & Technology and Engineering Assessment for Learning Resource Pack
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Key Stage 3 Design & Technology and Engineering Assessment for Learning Resource Pack

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This is a pack of resources designed to support Assessment for Learning in the KS3 Design & Technology National Curriculum, using new attainment criteria derived from 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology and 9-1 GCSE Engineering. Schools use attainment criteria to facilitate the assessment of progress. However, the Secretary of State for education has disapplied the attainment criteria previously used for Key Stage 3 Design & Technology. This disapplication gives the opportunity to adopt new assessment criteria, which more accurately reflect the development of skills that will be assessed in GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology and Engineering. As a result, a group of examiners and teachers have developed a new set of KS3 assessment criteria that directly links to the skills assessed within the new 9-1 GCSEs in both D&T and Engineering. A copy of the new level descriptors is available here. This resource pack provides support for understanding and using the new level descriptors. **It includes: ** A copy of the new descriptor statements derived from 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology and those derived from 9-1 GCSE Engineering.** Detailed teachers’ notes introducing assessment for learning and the best use of the resource. A series of editable tabes that break the level criteria into pupil friendly statements alongside tick boxes for self, peer and teacher assessment - covering each stage of the design process for both D&T and Engineering. A series of editable AfL worksheets covering each stage of the design process for both D&T and Engineering, which also support self and peer assessment. An editable ‘front section’ for a pupil booklet, with spaces for setting appropriate targets and recording progress. Example KS3 ‘I can’ statements derived from GCSE Engineering. BONUS: Additional sheets detailing product analysis, specification writing and the use of SCARED for designing. This pack can be used to support teachers in understanding and using the new attainment criteria. The worksheets can be used either individually or as a booklet by pupils, to support improvements in their own attainment. They can be used directly with existing projects or new projects, and are suitable for use across all of D&T and Engineering.
GCSE D&T NEA Teacher Resource Pack (AQA Context - Working towards a sustainable future)
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GCSE D&T NEA Teacher Resource Pack (AQA Context - Working towards a sustainable future)

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A 60 slide presentation, this pack has two purposes: reducing teacher workload and improving teacher understanding. It is designed to help reduce teacher workload and save time in sourcing and finding resources relevant to the NEA and context stated above. It can be used to support the training of teachers regarding approaches to the NEA, for example, through presentation at department meetings or in teacher CPD time, or by individual teachers to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the NEA component of the AQA GCSE Design and Technology course. Included in this resource: Notes on how to use the resource. General information about the NEA and context. Example design briefs for the context. Useful weblinks related to the context. Example products for product analysis, related to the context. Slides detailing what is required by each section of the NEA portfolio. Suggested delivery routes for the NEA. BONUS: Additional sheets detailing product analysis, specification writing and the use of SCARED for designing.
KS3 Level Descriptor Statements Derived from GCSE 9-1 Engineering
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KS3 Level Descriptor Statements Derived from GCSE 9-1 Engineering

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Schools use attainment criteria to facilitate the assessment of progress. However, the Secretary of State for education has disapplied the attainment criteria previously used for Key Stage 3 Design & Technology. One of the weaknesses of the previous attainment criteria was that there was no direct link to progression at Key Stage 4/GCSE Engineering. This disapplication gives the opportunity to adopt new assessment criteria, which more accurately reflect the development of skills that will be assessed in GCSE Engineering. The following descriptor statements are based on the NEA assessment criteria in the new GCSE 9-1 Engineering specification. They were developed by a group of examiners for use in their own classrooms. They were not prepared by, and have not been approved by, any exam board.
Key Stage 3 Design & Technology Progression Matrix
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Key Stage 3 Design & Technology Progression Matrix

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This is an Excel spreadsheet based tool to assist Design & Technology departments in ensuring that they are addressing all of the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study. Every project or significant activity in Key Stage 3 Design & Technology should be evaluated to determine which areas of the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study (PoS) are being addressed. Across any Key Stage as a whole, learners should have the opportunity to address every area - this will normally be achieved by addressing different requirements across several different projects. This resource can be used to identify areas where action is needed to improve how well the PoS is addressed.
KS3 Level Descriptor Statements Derived from GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology
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KS3 Level Descriptor Statements Derived from GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology

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Schools use attainment criteria to facilitate the assessment of progress. However, the Secretary of State for education has disapplied the attainment criteria previously used for Key Stage 3 Design & Technology. This disapplication gives the opportunity to adopt new assessment criteria, which more accurately reflect the development of skills that will be assessed in GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology. The following descriptor statements are based on the NEA assessment criteria in the new GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology specification. They were developed by a group of examiners for use in their own classrooms. They were not prepared by, and have not been approved by, any exam board.