Design & Technology News

This has been a busy term for our exam students.
In order to help them focus on what career prospects in design might look like, we invited Nadine Bennet Senior lecturer in Product Design at Ravensbourne University to come in and work with them for a day. Her focus was to highlight some of the skills they should develop and would need for the future world of work.
Year 12 A level product designers were challenged to present their ideas for new products confidently and with conviction to a client looking at their ideas for the first time.
Year 12 IB students explored how important it was to develop products and ideas that reflected real needs of consumers and to think about how to adapt and design for a rapidly changing world.
Year 11 and 13 had their eyes opened to the range of businesses from banking to supermarket chains, oil companies and retail that were recruiting design graduates for their ability to solve problems, their creative and strategic thinking skills.
Innovation was the buzz word after the Year 10 lesson, they were so interested and Nadine was so impressed with them, she stayed for an extra design drawing session after lessons had finished for the day. Nadine plans to return later in the term to give Year 10 and 12 coaching on their major design projects.
Jill Swan is a sculpture who, having bought her own woodland, then set up a business running workshops in carpentry and land conservation.
Year 12 IB and Year 10 product designers spent an afternoon experiencing first hand the qualities that make wood a popular material to make products with and some of the techniques to develop the quality of their work further. 
A big thank you to Mr Roberts for setting this up for the students. 
Comments from the students
‘Really inspired by the examples Jill brought in. I know what to aim for with my work’.
‘Expected a really dry lecture on what wood is, enjoyed a proper grown up practical session and learnt loads’.
‘Can we spend time making our projects on location in Kent, Miss?’
Finally, congratulations to Prity Chatterjee and Mark Hawes these two students are currently going through the process of becoming Arkwright Scholarship students. Having completed the application process and exam 
successfully they are now waiting for the interview. Whatever happens in the future the department is intensely proud of the mature attitude they have shown over the past few weeks.
Miss Francis, Head of Design and Technology

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