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Regional DT staff meeting

The Design Technology department of The Leys was the venue for the regional meeting of DT teachers at which the future of the subject and its curriculum were discussed.

It was attended by 32 heads of department from both state and independent schools across East Anglia and Cambridge. They were welcomed by the Headmaster, Mark Slater, and the Head of DT at The Leys, Edward George. The first guest speaker was Dr Rhys Morgan from the Royal Academy for Engineering, an advisor to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and head of Education4Engineering. He spoke about the urgent need for the country to produce more engineers and the role the schools' DT curriculum could play in this. He said it was important that DT was treated as a rigorous academic subject for university entry but all too often it was not.

The following speaker, Dr David Barlex, Senior Lecturer in Education at Brunel University, said this problem seemed to arise from the somewhat incoherent image of the subject. Dr Morgan said Education4Engineering had given the Government a proposed draft curriculum to give DT its correct place in the National Curriculum.

There were also talks about Resistant Materials, Product Design, 3D Design and Systems and Control Technology. Then Dr Peter Long of the Cambridge University Department of Engineering hosted an afternoon agenda which included demonstrations and discussions about Rapid Prototyping and information about the admission requirements for reading Engineering at Cambridge.

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