Concerns have been raised over design’s place on the new National Curriculum, which was unveiled last month.
The proposed curriculum’s broad definition of Design & Technology had been particularly criticised. This will see pupils taught cooking and horticultural skills as part of the D&T programme.
Attacking the proposals last month, Sir James Dyson said, ‘The new curriculum will not inspirer the invention and engineers Britain so desperately needs.
‘Life skills such as how to grill a tomato and what to do if your bike chain falls off take pride of place. Gardening has become a key component in a subject that should contextualise science and maths in a practical format.’
The D&T Association has issued a call to action over the proposals, urging people to respond to the Government’s consultation on the proposals, which finishes on 16 April. You can respond to the consultation here.
It is also calling for people to contact their local MP and Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education, to protest at the proposals.
The D&T Association says a recent online poll it conducted shows that more than 90 per cent of respondents believe the curriculum proposals do not represent high-quality D&T or a positive change to the curriculum requirement.
It says the proposals will not ‘challenge, inspire or equip’ young people to pursue careers in design and technology, and will ‘reinforce existing prejudices about creative and applied subjects… as lacking challenge and being second best.’