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The D&T Repository

With over 25 years leading and teaching Design and Technology as well as moderation and examining experience, these resources have been used to achieve high pass rates and very successful outcomes. Additional experience as a DATA consultant, commercial designer and illustrator and a prolific writer whose Subject Genius D&T blog was shortlisted in the TES 2016 awards.

With over 25 years leading and teaching Design and Technology as well as moderation and examining experience, these resources have been used to achieve high pass rates and very successful outcomes. Additional experience as a DATA consultant, commercial designer and illustrator and a prolific writer whose Subject Genius D&T blog was shortlisted in the TES 2016 awards.
AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated August 2018]

AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated August 2018]

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. 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. This is a PDF file and there are 40 slides in the folder, 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 60 slides here but the extra slides are the 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 have worked for the AQA for 20 years with 25 years D&T teaching and leadership experience where many students achieved 100% for their coursework so 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 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.
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AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments] Updated!

AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments] Updated!

An exemplar folder produced to accompany the new AQA GCSE to illustrate how students can approach the NEA. This is NOT endorsed by the AQA but is produced by an experienced designer, teacher, moderator and consultant to reflect expectations for a Level 9 NEA project. It is supported by a new GCSE student guide, a checklist (which should not be used as a writing frame) and a tracker and grade prediction spreadsheet which uses grade boundaries derived from the boundaries on the old spec. There will be no official boundaries for some time so this will help you to give some prediction in the meantime. This now includes a comprehensive assessment spreadsheet that generates comment banks to minimise requests for remarks. Updated August 2018 with a new exemplar folder, student guide and a tracker with 26 name slots.
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AQA Design and Technology GCSE 9-1 Assessment and Tracker (with comment banks)

AQA Design and Technology GCSE 9-1 Assessment and Tracker (with comment banks)

This enhanced version of the AQA GCSE tracker has been updated to generate comments from the marks awarded. To use: Simply use the Context sheet to enter all student details including candidate number and attaiment target. Use the Comment sheet to award marks for each Assessment Objective. Everything will then be transferred to the front Overall sheet, totals will be generated and marks awarded based on grade boundaries currently derived from the existing GCSE boundaries. Please note these boundaries are estimates but can be changed once real grades are released next year. All the cells that do not need editing are locked to avoid making mistakes but the sheet can be unlocked with the passworg ‘GCSE’. Updated July 2018 with room for 26 student names. More can be added if you are comfortable with using Excel spreadsheets or simply make a second copy of this for the additional students. Extra sheets for homework and assessment can be tailored to suit your needs and will not affect the Overall sheet or levels.
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GCSE D&T Exemplar Complete Toolkit

GCSE D&T Exemplar Complete Toolkit

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.
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AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments] Updated!

AQA New 9-1 GCSE Exemplar folder, Student Guide, Checklist and Tracker [now with comments] Updated!

An exemplar folder produced to accompany the new AQA GCSE to illustrate how students can approach the NEA. This is NOT endorsed by the AQA but is produced by an experienced designer, teacher, moderator and consultant to reflect expectations for a Level 9 NEA project. It is supported by a new GCSE student guide, a checklist (which should not be used as a writing frame) and a tracker and grade prediction spreadsheet which uses grade boundaries derived from the boundaries on the old spec. There will be no official boundaries for some time so this will help you to give some prediction in the meantime. This now includes a comprehensive assessment spreadsheet that generates comment banks to minimise requests for remarks. Updated August 2018 with a new exemplar folder, student guide and a tracker with 26 name slots.
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AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated August 2018]

AQA Exemplar D&T Folder for the new GCSE [Updated August 2018]

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. 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. This is a PDF file and there are 40 slides in the folder, 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 60 slides here but the extra slides are the 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 have worked for the AQA for 20 years with 25 years D&T teaching and leadership experience where many students achieved 100% for their coursework so 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 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.
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GCSE 9-1 Design and Technology NEA Student Guide (AQA

GCSE 9-1 Design and Technology NEA Student Guide (AQA

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.
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GCSE Design and Technology Digital Folder Checklist

GCSE Design and Technology Digital Folder Checklist

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.
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Wood Joint Practical Resource (build your own kit)

Wood Joint Practical Resource (build your own kit)

This consists of two SketchUp files; one an exploded version and the other a final model with supporting images for you to use as you need. 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 drawing exercise. NOTE: This will only work with the latest version of SketchUp.
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GCSE Feedback Sheet

GCSE Feedback Sheet

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.
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GCSE 9-1 Design and Technology Assessment Sheet (basic version) please see description

GCSE 9-1 Design and Technology Assessment Sheet (basic version) please see description

Based on the AQA syllabus for GCSE Design and Technology for first teaching from 2017. The spreadsheet contains three sheets; one for the NEA, a mock exam assessment based on the existing theory paper and one based on the sample material supplied by the AQA. By entering assessment criteria for each objective, the spreadsheet will show on overall grade with a traffic light system (red C or below, amber, C to A and Green A or higher). The look up table will then present a grade or level from the overall score. This is based on an existing spreadsheet which has been successful in accurately predicting grades for over 15 years. The grade boundaries can be changed once the subject is live but you can be well prepared in advance with this resource. PLEASE NOTE: This has been replaced with an updated version that provides a more detailed breakdown of marks with comments banks and more assessment potential but this is left here at a reduced price should anyone want a simple spreadsheet to work with.
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Advanced DT Teachers Kit

Advanced DT Teachers Kit

A collection of material designed to help teachers of AQA D&T Product Design although it can be used with a variety of boards and subject specialisms.
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Design History Poster

Design History Poster

A high resolution image providing a simple guide to 20th Century Design History. Certain sections are deliberately blank so that they can be used for students to investigate and add their own details. A completed version will be added shortly at no extra charge.
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AS and A Level Project Checklist

AS and A Level Project Checklist

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.
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50 Weeks, 50 Blogs, 50 Images

50 Weeks, 50 Blogs, 50 Images

A collection of 50 Design and Technology Subject Genius blogs each with a unique illustration published via the TES throughout 2016. This PDF collects together all the blogs for easy access along with some additional content. Ideal to expand your reading on the subject or to use for discussion at department and management level.
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AS and A Level Blank Project Checklist

AS and A Level Blank Project Checklist

A blank AS and A Level checklist for the new Design and Technology syllabus for first teaching in 2017. This is based on the AQA NEA requirements but can be adapted for other AO's.
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Design and Technology Data Tracking Progress 8

Design and Technology Data Tracking Progress 8

Based on two projects per year, this can be adapted for a number of projects and uses levels with grade comparisons to determine if positive progress is being made in line with Progress 8 measures. Rather than levels of progress, it uses a set level regardless of the students age so an A grade in Year 7 might require a different set of criteria than an A grade in Year 9. Using this method, an equivalent level can be awarded and, with the target level input at the end of Year 6, this can be used as a tracking/progress system. Additionally, it uses 10 key assessment criteria in a design project to ensure a fair and realistic attainment 8 grade for a project. It is quite experimental given the lack of definitive direction regarding Progress 8 but can be used to adapt your own assessment methods.
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KS3 Blank Project Booklet Template

KS3 Blank Project Booklet Template

A range of sheets which can be arranged as necessary to produce design booklets for students rather than providing numerous blank sheets. The advantage of using booklets, aside from keeping the worksheets together, is that students take responsibility for their work and can personalise the projects. Use this with the Key Stage 3 tracking sheet available for a way of planning and monitoring progress throughout Key Stage 3 and the booklets will form a record of learning at the end of the Key Stage. Please do not be put off by the current number of items in the resource as additional sheets will be added in the coming weeks at no further cost and will provide a wide choice of worksheets and material for the production of custom design booklets.
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Grades, Levels and Progress 8 chart

Grades, Levels and Progress 8 chart

Adjustable by centres, this is a colourful chart which will help understand how levels of progress relate to outgoing NC levels and grades and Progress and Attainment 8. It is unlocked so can be easily edited to suit centres or changing policies.
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AS and A Level Assessment tracker with predictions 2018 onwards

AS and A Level Assessment tracker with predictions 2018 onwards

A six part spreadsheet allowing for mock ( and eventually real) examination analysis based on the forthcoming AQA syllabus but it can be adapted for other AO’s. It has been used to successfully predict final grades for many years and is a useful interactive tool to use in the classroom or during progression meetings. It uses a traffic light system to show weaker areas in performance and a look up table to predict final grades and to compare against targets. A Level grade boundaries are not yet known but can be changed as needed. AS level boundaries from 2018 have beeen added to the AS tab. This currently uses the standard 2/4 module boundaries for grades. This is for the new GCE syllabus with first AS exam in 2018. It has been updated September 2018 to allow up to 26 students on one sheet and looks up student name and number from the information tabs. Cells not needed to be edited are locked off but the password to unlock each sheet is ‘advanced’.
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Design and Technology New A level AO comparison poster

Design and Technology New A level AO comparison poster

Two large format sheets comparing the requirements of the new A Levels in Design and Technology (Product Design). Additionally a large SWOT sheet to aid discussions regarding which route to take. These were produced for a DATA presentation in 2016
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