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With almost 30 years leading D&T departments and 20 years moderation and examining experience, the author is the winner of the 2021 Design and Technology Excellence in D&T award for 'Innovation and Creativity'. He has extensive experience as a consultant, resource producer and presenter, and as a commercial 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 2016 TES awards.

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With almost 30 years leading D&T departments and 20 years moderation and examining experience, the author is the winner of the 2021 Design and Technology Excellence in D&T award for 'Innovation and Creativity'. He has extensive experience as a consultant, resource producer and presenter, and as a commercial 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 2016 TES awards.
Ultimate D&T GCSE Teacher Toolkit
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Ultimate D&T GCSE Teacher Toolkit

20 Resources
This is a collection of all 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. The full set of of digital/printable workbooks have recently been added to the bundle at no extra cost. It represents a saving of almost 40% if buying all the resources separately.
AQA GCSE D&T Workbook 3.3: Designing and making principles
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AQA GCSE D&T Workbook 3.3: Designing and making principles

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This workbook supports the compulsory theory for the AQA GCSE in D&T (8552). The workbook is designed to match the theory presentations. Without these, the contents and questions in the workbooks may not seem as relevant, but they do address the syllabus criteria. The workbook is in PowerPoint format so you can edit it to suit your needs but a PDF version is also included. The resource includes: 3.3: Designing and making principles
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 GCSE Design and Technology 9-1 Tracker. UPDATED December 2021!
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AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9-1 Tracker. UPDATED December 2021!

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Update December 2021 with the 2020 and 2021 exam papers. The 2020 paper is now used as the mock and the 2019 is used to test the end of all the 50 individual theory lessons. 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 the two AQA specimen papers for reference and the 2019 GCSE paper to use as a final test after the theory lessons. The 2020 examination paper is used as a mock exam 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 2021. 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 2020 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 D&T Workbook 3.2: Specialist technical principles (timbers and wood)
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AQA GCSE D&T Workbook 3.2: Specialist technical principles (timbers and wood)

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This workbook support the theory presentations for 3.2 Specialist technical principles with the focus on Timber and wood. Without the theory presentations, the content and questions may not seem as relevant, but they are structured in a way that follows the syllabus. The resource is in PowerPoint format so can be edited to suit, but a PDF version is also supplied.
AQA GCSE D&T Workbook 3.1 Core technical principles
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AQA GCSE D&T Workbook 3.1 Core technical principles

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These two workbooks support the compulsory theory for the AQA GCSE in D&T (8552). These workbooks are designed to match the theory presentations. Without these, the contents and questions in the workbooks may not seem as relevant, but they do address the syllabus criteria. The two workbooks are in PowerPoint format so you can edit them to suit your needs but PDF versions are also included. The resource includes: 3.1: Core Technical Principles (two workbooks)
Skills Bot (skills based resource)
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Skills Bot (skills based resource)

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This resource is designed to teach a range of traditional and modern manufacturing skills which combine to make a desktop ‘gadget’. You may be limited by time or resources and it would be difficult to cover all of these skills in depth during KS3 or even KS4. There are 12 different skills or processes here, but there is the potential for many more to be introduced, incorporated or addressed. They cover: Pewter casting Vacuum forming Marking out wood Shaping and drilling wood Cutting a knuckle joint Forming metal rod Vinyl cutting 3D CAD and 3D printing Cutting a housing joint Threading rod Thermoforming (line bending) Laser cutting Assembling the Skills Bot The resource contains instructions for the whole project as well as individual PDF presentations that can be projected in class or printed as handouts. There is limited design work with this resource, although there are opportunities to customise or personalise some elements. It is intended to cover a range of skills that are commonly used in Design and Technology.
AQA D&T GCSE teacher toolkit (timbers and wood)
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AQA D&T GCSE teacher toolkit (timbers and wood)

16 Resources
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 D&T Workbooks BUNDLE
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AQA GCSE D&T Workbooks BUNDLE

7 Resources
A collection of the workbooks to support the theory presentations for 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3. The resource consists of workbooks for the compulsory elements 3.1: Core technical principles and 3.3 Designing and making principles. All five 3.2 workbooks are also supplied covering timber and wood, metals and alloys, paper and board, textiles and polymers. This bundle represents a considerable saving on purchasing the individual workbooks.
AS and A Level Project Checklist
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AS and A Level Project Checklist

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A completed AS and A Level project checklist ideal for digital folders. The sections can be changed to suit the centre, subject or syllabus. Ideal for producing a matching digital folder or as a checklist for NEA work.
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.
Cambridge IGCSE D&T complete teacher toolkit
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Cambridge IGCSE D&T complete teacher toolkit

9 Resources
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.
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 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.
AQA A Level tracking with ongoing assessment data (Sep. 2021)
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AQA A Level tracking with ongoing assessment data (Sep. 2021)

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UPDATE (September 2021): A new and updated spreadsheet has been added to the resource. This has comment banks from the syllabus which are generated from the marks awarded. UPDATE February 2021): Suitable past paper questions are now added to each section which match the presentation slides that are now available. See product details for how to use these for ongoing assessment in the theoretical aspects of the A Level course. Titles now match those in the AQA Theory presentations. November 2020 grade boundaries have been used in the tracker. This is a comprehensive tracker for AQA A Level Product Design although it could be adapted for other courses/exam boards. If you complete the Student information sheet, all the relevant data will be copied to the corresponding sheets. The same with the Grade boundary sheet which sets last year’s grade boundaries for every aspect of the course. There is an outline for delivering the course theory content spread over 60 lessons which will have supporting presentations at a later date. Teachers can choose the past papers to use for reinforcing learning and these are all mapped to the new content on the Content sheet. For ongoing assessments, put the total score for the question in the top of the column for each lesson or unit and as you complete the score for the student, it will give an average of their results over the year and compare these to their mock results. All this data is copied to the front page where the results from the NEA are added to give an accurate grade prediction based on the previous year’s grade boundaries. There is scope for teachers to tweak this resource to suit but for now, cells that have formula or references are locked to prevent any errors. Each worksheet can be unlocked with the password ‘advanced’.
AQA GCSE Design and Technology 3.2: Specialist technical principles (Metals and alloys)
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AQA GCSE Design and Technology 3.2: Specialist technical principles (Metals and alloys)

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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 metals and alloys. 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. All lessons can be opened from Powerpoint for editing to suit your teaching needs.
KS3 Assessment and tracking based on 9-1 Updated June 2020
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KS3 Assessment and tracking based on 9-1 Updated June 2020

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UPDATE June 2020: Added additional columns for maths and science scores from the design booklets or your own assessments. All student data is now in a Class info. sheet and copied across to all the other sheets. This is a new Key Stage Assessment based on one, two or three projects per year. The assessment sections correspond to the National curriculum with additional sections for communication and technical skills. Use this with the available KS3 design booklet to assess, track and monitor student progress against their Attainment 8 target through KS3 as well as their knowledge of maths and science in those booklets. Should you wish or need to unlock the sheets, the password is ks3. You can then use the GCSE tracker if you follow the AQA specification.
Mechanical Wall Display
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Mechanical Wall Display

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This is an experimental project provided free of charge for teachers, technicians or educators to adapt for their own use.
SketchUp Wood Joints (make your own)
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SketchUp Wood Joints (make your own)

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UPDATED March 2021 This resource consists of several SketchUp files including exploded versions and orthographic views as well as a textured final model. 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 or to teach CAD using SketchUP or any other 3D package. NOTE: This will work with SketchUp Make 2017.
AQA A Level theory: L1 Introduction
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AQA A Level theory: L1 Introduction

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This is a free unit to introduce the format of the A Level theory lessons which are Power Point Show presentations for each aspect of the A Level sylllabus with past paper questions for each topic supported in the A Level tracker which is also available. They cover 60 hour long lessons with three more for mock exams. This resource will make a comprehensive guide to the theory with ongoing assessment and tracking of the theory and NEA aspects of the course. Further units will be made available then bundled together into more cost effective units.