The Design and Technology Faculty: Mr Brown – Head of Design and Technology
The Design & Technology Faculty
The Design + Technology faculty consists of three specialist subject areas; Product Design, Textile Design and Food Preparation and Nutrition. We are a team of passionate staff which includes 5 teachers and 2 technicians.
In Food Preparation and Nutrition, our aim is to instill a love of cooking and empower you to express your creativity in the kitchen. We strive to make you aware of the impact your food choices can make to yourself, your community and as a global citizen. In your Food Preparation and Nutrition lessons we aim to equip you with the knowledge to be healthy and responsible for a healthier, sustainable future.
In D+T, our aim is to develop your intellectual curiosity and encourage a lifelong interest in problem-solving, experimentation and the way everyday products are designed and manufactured. We strive to equip our students with transferable skills including independence, resilience and organisation to prepare you for your future careers. We also aim to empower our students with the expertise, knowledge and cultural capital for a rapidly changing and technological world. One which you can contribute confidently and positively to, no matter your starting point.
If you would like to know more, you can find more information on our subject specific pages.
Mr Brown - Head of Design & Technology Faculty
Miss Berry - Head of Food Preparation & Nutrition
Mrs Jones - Teacher of Design & Technology (Textiles)
Mr Hill - Teacher of Design & Technology (Product Design)
Mrs Weaver - Teacher of Food Preparation & Nutrition and Textiles
Miss Jolly - Food Preparation & Nutrition Technician
Miss Capron - Design & Technology Technician
- To become a beacon of excellence with The Radclyffe School
- To develop student intellectual curiosity and encourage a lifelong interest in problem-solving, experimentation and the way everyday products are designed and manufactured.
- To equip our students with transferable skills including independence, resilience and organisation to prepare them for their future careers.
- To empower our students with the expertise, knowledge and cultural capital for a rapidly changing and technological world. One which they can contribute confidently and positively to, no matter their starting point.
Teaching and Learning
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9
Following research carried out, we have carefully re-designed our new, interleaved, learning sequences using scenarios rather than project names in order to better promote student interest, improve engagement in the subject and provide a 21st century experience for our students. D+T threshold knowledge requirements are embedded and all learning is now underpinned by KS3 national curriculum requirements.
To fully prepare our students for the demands of the GCSE we use standardised, high-quality learning resources (PowerPoints and booklets) to simulate and model the PROUD expectations required when completing NEA work and independent home learning. Opportunities to develop literacy stamina and maths rigour are included throughout in-line with our school policy.
To ensure the strengths of our specialist staff are fully utilised, we continue to run a rotation-led timetable for our students. This proven strategy ensures each individual receives a high-quality and consistent educational diet, which provides an in-depth insight into specific material areas and which minimises shared teaching.
Each of our rotations covers approximately 19 hours (13 weeks) in a class of 24-26 students.
Key Stage 4 - Year 10 & 11
We offer the 2-year Edexcel GCSE in Design and Technology. The course is split evenly between a non-exam assessment (50%) and a written examination (50%). Our students are given 5 hours of learning time per fortnight for the course duration.
Our students are introduced to the examination specification and the timetable is divided 3:2. Students are given the opportunity to undertake a practise, walk and talk NEA for 3 hours a fortnight based on a historical contextual challenge. Interleaved appropriately are a number of FPTs (focussed practical tasks) which provide opportunity to recall KS3 knowledge and skills, building metacognition whilst building a new competence tool kit which will be called upon in Year 11.
For the remaining 2 hours students prepare for their Year 11 examination with a focus on units 1-3. The examination has been written to assess both core and specialist material knowledge. Students are provided with carefully designed, colour-coded class work and home learning unit booklets, alongside exercise books for note taking and use this time to develop their subject knowledge and exam technique.
On June 1st of Year 10 the actual NEA contextual challenges are released. Prior to the Summer break, our students are expected, under NEA guidelines, to complete sections 1.1 and 1.2 and return in September with section 2.1 complete and ready for general teacher assessment.
Our students are given a deadline for the actual NEA and this takes priority in all 5 lessons per fortnight, until February half-term. Where appropriate, exam-style questioning is embedded, underpinned with home learning tasks in order to further strengthen metacognition and recall threshold knowledge and skills.
After February half-term exam preparation is prioritised with a focus on units 4-5 and the specialist material unit 6. Class work and home learning booklets are again called upon to secure knowledge and build confidence prior to the Summer examination. Any incomplete NEA work is given a final Easter deadline and students utilise mastery sessions if required.
Students are assessed on their ability to complete a range of scenario-focused, Design + Technology tasks with a focus on investigating, designing, making and evaluating to support their knowledge and understanding of the iterative process. Students are regularly assessed verbally and formally assessed every 3 weeks using written teacher feedback after each assessment, MAD time is made available for student progression. Self and peer assessment are also embedded within each sequence of lessons to further facilitate student progression.
Students are taught for 5 hours per fortnight. 3 hours is allocated to a practise NEA and 2 hours to examination preparation.
Students who choose Design + Technology as an option are assessed on their ability to complete an NEA (Non-exam assessment) project and an examination. Both elements with an equal 50% weighting.
In Year 10, students are assessed on their ability to complete a practice 'walk and talk' NEA using a previous design context. Alongside this, students are graded on their ability to answer examination questions with a focus on units 1-3.
In Year 11, students are assessed on their ability to complete their actual NEA using a new design context released on June 1st Year 10. Alongside this, students are graded on their ability to answer examination questions with a focus on units 4-6.
Examination questions are also interleaved into the NEA lesson delivery to secure student knowledge.
Resources and Rooms
We have state of the art facilities including access to a range of specialist tools, equipment and processes including CAM. We have four multi-functional rooms, all with IT access and dedicated areas for written learning, practical tasks and computer use.
Here at The Radclyffe School, we set home learning to further knowledge and understanding of the Design + Technology curriculum and to develop student independence, organization and resilience. This work is often showcased on our recently redesigned Wall of Fame and PROUD displays.
This continues in KS4 in addition to developing examination technique using home learning booklets.
At The Radclyffe School, we offer opportunities for students to enrich their Design + Technology learning through competitions such as Design Ventura and we run various ELAT activities each half term.
Here at The Radclyffe School we aim to instill a love of cooking, it’s a way to express your creativity. We strive to make you aware of the impact your food choices can make to yourself, your community and as a global citizen. In your Food Preparation and Nutrition lessons we aim to equip you with the knowledge to be healthy and responsible for a healthier, sustainable future.
Teaching and Learning
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9
In Key Stage 3 your child will have a thirteen-week rotation of food lessons in a class of 20-26 students and they will have three lessons over the two-week time table. After introductory lessons they will have the opportunity to cook every other lesson making between 6 and 8 dishes.
Students will make a range of food products from pizza to pasta, chicken goujons to Swiss Rolls and have fun during the process and get to build on team work and leadership skills.
Key Stage 4 - Year 10 & 11
Students who choose Food Preparation and Nutrition as a GCSE option will have 5 hours of learning over the two-week timetable. During this time they will study 6 topics; Food Safety and Hygiene, Nutrition, Food Choice, Food Science, Food Provenance and Food Preparation. The time is split between learning practical skills and theory.
Students are assessed in regards to their practical skills and their theory work. Year 7 focus is on basic nutrition and healthy eating, Year 8 focus on Food Safety and Hygiene and Year 9 have a focus on Food Choice and Provenance. They are formally assessed once during the thirteen weeks practically and once theoretically.
Key stage 4 assessment occurs after each topic has been delivered but also includes previous topics to build on their knowledge and recall abilities.
Resources and Rooms
We have state of the art facilities with industrial cookers and hobs and stainless-steel work surfaces, ideal for quick efficient sanitation and easy to utilize and facilitate all practical aspects, with students making excellent food products. We have 2 food rooms with similar industrial set ups. The kitchen areas are separate from the theory classroom which is unusual in a school and sets us apart. Our food rooms have multiple computers within them to support with research and we have four multi- functional rooms with ICT access with areas for written learning, practical learning and computer work.
Here at the Radclyffe we set home learning to further students understanding of nutrition, food safety and development of practical skills in Key Stage 3, the home learning includes one practical to do at home and a research home learning. These are often completed to an excellent standard and showcased on the 'WOW' display boards as PROUD work. This continues in Key Stage 4 as well as to develop examination techniques.
At the Radclyffe School we take part in Rotary Chef competition where they have to apply and be selected, we then have guest chefs come in to the competitions and judge our students. We have had lots of success with this in prior years with our students getting through to the national finals. We also run an Elite Cooking club where Key Stage 3 students can learn high level challenging cooking skills. We also offer Mastery sessions where students can book in to get assistance with their learning and we offer booster classes during the school holidays to support with exam preparation. As a school each half term we run an 'ELAT' where we offer the students an opportunity to sign up to make something fun in the kitchen; these have included sugar roses and cake decorating, themed biscuits and cake making.