DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
THE ROLE OF THE POST HOLDER OR CURRICULUM COORDINATOR
In Primary Schools each and every teacher may be expected to teach both Art and Design and Technology as parts of a pupil's general education, and historically two of the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum.
Teachers have for many years used a thematic approach which lends itself naturally to problem solving situations where Design and Technology tasks are part of the subject planning in a topic web structure.
Building upon this existing good practice will be the responsibility of a curriculum post holder, ensuring that these same teachers develop their confidence in delivering a Design and Technology component by increasing the range of their technical knowledge and practical skills and encouraging them to use these in their general classroom teaching whenever the need arises.
An appointment as the Design and Technology Coordinator in a Primary School might involve some of the following responsibilities, which are a mixture of professional knowledge and curriculum skills about the subject itself as well as interpersonal and social skills in dealing with others.
DEVELOPING A POLICY STATEMENT FOR DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
With the advent of the National Curriculum in its Post Dearing form from September 1995, Primary Schools are required to provide a written policy statement for Design and Technology which will explain to staff, parents, governors, the LEA and visiting inspectors exactly how they will develop Design and Technology capability in their pupils.
The curriculum co-ordinator will need to produce a range of important documentation showing how the school proposes to give each and every pupil Design and Technology entitlement through experiences of designing, making and testing a range of products.
A single page outline would suffice as a starting point but a more substantial document is normally required.
The policy is not meant to be rigid but under constant revision and regular updating, dependant on the expertise of the teaching staff, resources available within the school, and the needs of its pupils. As far as is reasonably practicable it should take into consideration guidance laid down by the current National Curriculum Design and Technology documentation and any additional relevant information available in preceding literature from the LEA, DFE, NCC, SEAC, SCAA, and other educational agencies.
Some major points of the Policy Statement might cover some of the following issues:-
A POLICY STATEMENT SOURCES OF REFERENCE :-
A Guide to Primary Technology Policy, The Look Project Cyril Gilbert
Oliver and Boyd ISBN 0 05 004178 9
Rainbow Technology, Teachers Guide. Chris Gibson
Stanley Thornes ISBN 0 7487 1121 X
Design and Technology 5 to 11 Alan Cross
Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0 340 57707 X