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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.

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 NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food Safety
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food Safety

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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 safety. 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.
NEW Design and Technology (9-1) Practice Exam Papers (Written in the style of AQA)
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NEW Design and Technology (9-1) Practice Exam Papers (Written in the style of AQA)

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For the new GCSE in Design and Technology - first teaching in September 2017. Written for the AQA specification. Pack of two practice examination papers for the new GCSE in Design and Technology (9-1) (written in the style of AQA). What better way for students to prepare for their GCSE examinations than by completing our expertly written practice exam style papers? These papers are written by teachers and former senior examiners to support students in preparing for the examination in the new GCSE in Design and Technology (9-1). Included in each pack: Two practice exam style papers. Associated mark schemes for each paper. Teachers’ notes, suggesting how the resource can be used effectively. What other teachers have said about our practice exam papers: ‘Thanks for these papers – they are fantastic!!’- AM, Shropshire ’The exam papers look like a great resource’ - DW, Middlesex ’Delighted with the papers, they will be extremely helpful’ - LD, Rutland
NEW GCSE Design and Technology (9-1) Homework Pack (Written for the AQA Specification)
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NEW GCSE Design and Technology (9-1) Homework Pack (Written for the AQA Specification)

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For the new GCSE in Design and Technology - first teaching in September 2017. Written for the AQA specification. There are three keys to success in GCSE exams: subject knowledge, exam technique and confidence. Our GCSE homework packs have been written by former senior examiners and outstanding teachers. They contain at least one separate worksheet for every sub-section of the named GCSE specification, 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. 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 the questions are asking for and how to answer them – therefore also helping to increase their confidence. This addresses all three of the keys for success in their GCSE exams! This resource includes: Teachers' notes, suggesting how the resource can be used effectively. A series of over 50 individual worksheets containing exam-style questions (at least one worksheet for each sub-section of the specification). 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 'This pack made a huge difference to the performance of my students in the examination component of the course. This made all the difference to their overall results.' - MT, Manchester
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.
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.
Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food Preparation Skills
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food Preparation Skills

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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 preparation skills. The slides include equipment 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.
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) - Energy and Forces
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (AQA) - Energy and Forces

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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 in the new GCSE D&T, by focusing on key terms in energy and forces. 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 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.
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.
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.
   Independent Research Task - Composite Materials
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Independent Research Task - Composite Materials

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This is an independent research task for learners to build and consolidate their knowledge of composite materials, using the aviation industry as a theme. It can be set as a homework or class based activity, or a mixture of both. Supporting the main task sheet is a short test that can be used to assess what the students have learnt at the end of the task. This resource is suitable for supporting learning in Engineering, Product Design and Resistant Materials at key stage 4. In addition to developing subject knowledge the resource is also designed to help learners improve their independent learning skills and examination technique. Included in this resource: Suggestions for use. Main research activity sheet/handout. 15 minute test set in the style of a short examination. Mark scheme for the test.
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.
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.
Preparing for Inspection - Teacher Briefing Pack
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Preparing for Inspection - Teacher Briefing Pack

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This briefing pack was prepared by an educational adviser and head of department who have experienced or been involved in over 30 inspections. The aims of this pack are to help subject areas and individual teachers to understand what is required to achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating during an inspection, and to prepare effectively in advance of an Ofsted inspection. The presentations could be used at three consecutive department meetings or as sessions during an inset day. They could be delivered by senior or department leaders, or used by individual teachers for their own self study. Included in this pack: This pack includes three presentations (in PowerPoint and pdf format) and two starter activities: Presentation 1: Overview of the Inspection Process, with an associated True or False starter activity. Presentation 2: Information required by Inspectors. Presentation 3: Evaluation of Teaching & Learning and Assessment, with an associated sort card starter activity.
KS3 D&T Baseline Test Pack 2nd Edition
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KS3 D&T Baseline Test Pack 2nd Edition

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This is the second edition of our popular Key Stage 3 Baseline Test Pack for Design and Technology. This edition presents an updated version of the initial two test pack with six new questions and an additional baseline numeracy test to match the increased focus on numeracy in the D&T curriculum. This pack contains two alternative tests for accurate Key Stage 3 baselining in Design and Technology. These tests are designed to provide summative assessment at the end of Key Stage 2. For example, when a pupil is making a transition from primary to secondary school. Each test presents twelve multi-part questions covering every bullet point/topic area of the 2014 Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Design and Technology. The tests can be used by secondary teachers to evaluate what proportion of the national curriculum requirements have been addressed in primary school by each pupil. This resource includes: Two baseline test papers, each mapped directly to the 2014 KS2 National Curriculum for Design and Technology. Mark schemes for each paper. A pupil mark and feedback sheet. A set of four worksheet based tasks that can be used in cases where schools require a baseline level to be set for each pupil. NEW - A baseline numeracy test for D&T, testing Maths skills directly linked to the subject.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Homework Pack (Written for the AQA Specification)
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GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Homework Pack (Written for the AQA Specification)

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There are three keys to success in GCSE exams: subject knowledge, exam technique and confidence. Our GCSE homework packs have been written by former senior examiners and outstanding teachers. They contain a separate worksheet for every sub-section of the named GCSE specification, 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. 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 the questions are asking for and how to answer them – therefore also helping to increase their confidence. This addresses all three of the keys for success in their GCSE exams! This resource includes: Teachers' notes, suggesting how the resource can be used effectively. A series of over 30 individual worksheets containing exam-style questions (one worksheet for each sub-topic of the specification). Immediately following each work sheet, a mark scheme for that question. BONUS - 10 additional multiple choice question and answer sheets. 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 'This pack made a huge difference to the performance of my students in the examination component of the course. This made all the difference to their overall results.' - MT, Manchester
D&T Baselining Using New Level Criteria
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D&T Baselining Using New Level Criteria

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This resource allows schools still using levels to set a baseline and target level for their new KS3 pupils. It provides a set of four worksheet based activities that can be self, peer and/or teacher assessed. It makes use of our level criteria developed for the new KS3 curriculum. These worksheets are taken from a pack of nearly 30 similar sheets that allow the continuation of a level based approach to AfL in Design and Technology. This can also be purchased from our online shop.
Reinforcing the Key Terms in the Design Process
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Reinforcing the Key Terms in the Design Process

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A series of 16 worksheets designed to support literacy in Design & Technology, focused around the design process. This resource comprises of: A pdf document containing a series of worksheets. A PowerPoint presentation, giving the answers to the worksheets. The worksheets are designed to support literacy in technology, through the use of key terms, the development of correct recall and spelling. The worksheets range in difficulty from simple, such as wordlinks or missing letters, to more complicated, such as codebreakers or crosswords. For some worksheets there is a differentiated version, where the possible answers are shown in a box below the puzzle. These versions could be used to provide additional support to lower-ability learners.
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.