Pupils to be taught 3D printing in education shake-up

The Government has dropped ‘dumbed-down’ proposals for teaching design and instead unveiled a National Curriculum which will see pupils taught practical skills and techniques such as 3D printing.

3D printing
3D printing

The new National Curriculum, is set to come into force in 2014 and has been published today by the Department for Education.

The new curriculum focuses on ‘inspiring, rigorous and practical’ teaching, according to the DfE. Pupils will be taught to ’design and make products that solve real and relevant problems’. They will also ’learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising’.

They will be taught to use a variety of tools including 3D printing and computer modelling and will also investigate new technologies and analyse the work of past and contemporary designers.

The initial draft of the design curriculum had drawn fire from the design industry.

It proposed that pupils be taught cooking and horticulture as part of the D&T programme and was described as ‘dumbed-down’ by detractors.

Early reports suggested the Government would U-turn on this controversial plan, following criticism. Details of the new curriculum have confirmed this.

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