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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.
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.
   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.
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.
GCSE D&T (9-1) NEA Teacher Resource Pack (Teenage Lifestyle)
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GCSE D&T (9-1) NEA Teacher Resource Pack (Teenage Lifestyle)

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A 60 slide presentation written by a former senior examiner, 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.
Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (AQA) - Environmental, Ecological and  Social Issues
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE D&T (AQA) - Environmental, Ecological and Social Issues

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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 environmental, ecological and social Issues. 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.
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.
Using Learning Walks as a Department Improvement Tool
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Using Learning Walks as a Department Improvement Tool

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This is a guide to using learning walks as a tool for departmental improvement, with a supporting example feedback form. It has been written by an experienced leader who worked in a school that improved its inspection rating by two grades. The resource is appropriate for use across all secondary school subjects. This resource includes: Guidance notes on the importance and implementation of learning walks, how they can be used as a department improvement tool and criteria that can be used when observing lessons. Example feedback form that can be completed during the learning walk, with criteria linked to learning, teaching and progress, marking and assessment and the classroom environment. Fully editable. Example of a completed learning walk feedback form.
    D&T Super Starter and Perfect Plenary Cards (Digital)
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D&T Super Starter and Perfect Plenary Cards (Digital)

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These cards provide easy to follow instructions for 39 outstanding starters and plenaries. That's more than one great idea to try each week of the academic year! All have been proven to work in the classroom across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This digital version of the cards is presented as printable A4 PDFs of both the front and back of the A6 cards (4 cards per A4 page) - ready for laminating and guillotining. This resource includes: 39 outstanding starter and plenary activities (four per A4 page) as digital files for printing and/or laminating to create a set of cards (front and back of cards provided). Word templates to assist in the delivery of some activities which may require worksheets for pupils/students to use.
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.
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
Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food Choice
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Starter or Plenary Slides for NEW GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Food Choice

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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 choice. 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 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.
GCSE D&T (9-1) NEA Teacher Resource Pack (Multifunctional Living)
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GCSE D&T (9-1) NEA Teacher Resource Pack (Multifunctional Living)

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A 60 slide presentation written by a former senior examiner, 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.
Systems Diagrams Examples
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Systems Diagrams Examples

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This resource is a PowerPoint presentation designed to improve teacher understanding of systems theory and systems diagrams. This resource includes an introduction to systems and key terms such as input, process, output, sub-system and feedback. It also provides an additional 23 slides showing examples of systems diagrams ranging from simple three block systems typical of the level found at key stage 3 Engineering and/or D&T, to complex systems including sub-systems and feedback, typical of the higher end of GCSE Engineering. This resource can be used to support the training of teachers in this topic area, for example, through presentation at department meetings or in teacher CPD time, or by individual teachers to develop their own knowledge and understanding of this topic.
Key Stage 3 D&T Marking Grids
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Key Stage 3 D&T Marking Grids

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This resource is a set of time saving marking grids for providing formative feedback to students and recording improvements in their performance. It is linked directly to the 2014 Key Stage 3 Design and Technology National Curriculum. It has been used successfully in the classroom as presented, but can be adapted and modified to suit individual school and departmental requirements. It has been created by an experienced middle leader and advisor for the subject. A marking grid is provided for each bullet point of the programme of study, split into the strands of Design, Make, Evaluate, Technical Knowledge and Cooking and Nutrition. The grids also include criteria for literacy and presentation skills within Design and Technology. In addition to the main marking grids two types of student self assessment sheets have been provided as a bonus resource, one of each type for each strand of the curriculum. Included in this Resource: Instructions on how to use the resource and an example of how it can be used. A marking grid for each bullet point of the KS3 programme of study (19 in total). Student self assessment sheets - two types for each strand of the programme of study (10 in total).
Reinforcing the Key Terms in ACCESS FM
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Reinforcing the Key Terms in ACCESS FM

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A series of 19 worksheets designed to support literacy in Design & Technology, focused around the use of ACCESS FM for product analysis. 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.
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.