Learning To Teach Programme

Are you at the start of your D&T teaching career?

Learning To Teach Programme

Are you at the start of your D&T teaching career?

This 6 session programme is designed to enhance your training and development as you grow into becoming a D&T teacher. The programme works alongside the Learning to Teach Design and Technology textbook and is led by Dr Alison Hardy and Matt McLain.

Between them, Alison and Matt have over 20 years of experience as teacher educators and researchers. They have supported hundreds of early-career D&T teachers during this time and in these sessions, they will help you feel more confident in your teaching practice and grounded in your views of D&T education.

The programme is designed to enhance your formal training and development courses.

1. What is D&T and why are we here?
You are at the beginning of your D&T teaching career, before launching into the practicalities of how to teach and what to teach, in this session we will take a pause and think and the nature of D&T, why it is a school subject and your place in D&T.

In this session you will be introduced to the subject D&T, thinking about the nature of the subject, where it fits in the curriculum, where you fit in D&T. The session will help you explore what D&T is for and this will help with your lesson planning.

2. Lesson planning and pedagogy
You are teaching lessons, planning some with your mentor and others by yourself but is it working?
In this session, Sarah Davies and Matt McLain talk about the key features of lesson planning and pedagogy.

3. Planning for progression

You’ve planned a few lessons but how do you bring them together? In this session, Alison and Matt will talk about planning for progression, how you step back and look at the bigger picture to help pupils progress in D&T

4. Subject knowledge

Some say that a problem with D&T is the amount of subject knowledge a teacher has to teach and a pupil has to learn. We think that the nature of D&T but also a false assumption. In this session, Alison and Matt talk about what subject knowledge is for, how you can keep up to date and using your knowledge in your D&T teaching.

5. Assessment and individuals
You’ve planned the lessons, your pupils are making progress but how do you measure that? In this session, Alison and Matt remind you about what you are assessing in D&T – D&T capability and introduces you to some assessment research from the Netherlands and Sweden that you can use in your classrooms for formative and summarise assessment.

6. What’s next
You’re almost at the end of your first year as a D&T teacher. In this final session, we’re joined by Liam Anderson, an experienced and successful head of department, who will talk about how you can think about your future in D&T as a leader, manager and excellent D&T teacher.

The programme is designed to enhance your formal training and development courses.

1. What is D&T and why are we here?
You are at the beginning of your D&T teaching career, before launching into the practicalities of how to teach and what to teach, in this session we will take a pause and think and the nature of D&T, why it is a school subject and your place in D&T.

In this session you will be introduced to the subject D&T, thinking about the nature of the subject, where it fits in the curriculum, where you fit in D&T.
The session will help you explore what D&T is for and this will help with your lesson planning.

2. Lesson planning and pedagogy
You are teaching lessons, planning some with your mentor and others by yourself but is it working?
In this session, Sarah Davies and Matt McLain talk about the key features of lesson planning and pedagogy.

3. Planning for progression

You’ve planned a few lessons but how do you bring them together? In this session, Alison and Matt will talk about planning for progression, how you step back and look at the bigger picture to help pupils progress in D&T

4. Subject knowledge

Some say that a problem with D&T is the amount of subject knowledge a teacher has to teach and a pupil has to learn. We think that the nature of D&T but also a false assumption. In this session, Alison and Matt talk about what subject knowledge is for, how you can keep up to date and using your knowledge in your D&T teaching.

5. Assessment and individuals
You’ve planned the lessons, your pupils are making progress but how do you measure that? In this session, Alison and Matt remind you about what you are assessing in D&T – D&T capability and introduces you to some assessment research from the Netherlands and Sweden that you can use in your classrooms for formative and summarise assessment.

6. What’s next
You’re almost at the end of your first year as a D&T teacher. In this final session, we’re joined by Liam Anderson, an experienced and successful head of department, who will talk about how you can think about your future in D&T as a leader, manager and excellent D&T teacher.

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Dr. Alison Hardy

I’m an academic, writer and podcaster. I help shape the practise and future of design and technology education through my research, published resources and lots of conversations with lovely people throughout the D&T education community.

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I’m an academic, writer and podcaster. I help shape the practise and future of design and technology education through my research, published resources and lots of conversations with lovely people throughout the D&T education community.

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