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Talking D&T is a podcast about design and technology education. Join me, Dr Alison Hardy, as I share news, views, ideas and opinions about D&T. I also talk about D&T with teachers, researchers and academics from the D&T community.The views on this podcast are my own and of those I am interviewing and are not connected to my institution. Much of the content is work in progress. As well as talking about D&T, I use it to explore new ideas and thoughts related to D&T education and my research, which are still embryonic and may change. Consult my publications for a reliable record of my considered thoughts on the topic featured in this podcast.Podcast music composed by Chris Corcoran (http://www.svengali.org.uk)

Talking D&T Dr Alison Hardy

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Talking D&T is a podcast about design and technology education. Join me, Dr Alison Hardy, as I share news, views, ideas and opinions about D&T. I also talk about D&T with teachers, researchers and academics from the D&T community.The views on this podcast are my own and of those I am interviewing and are not connected to my institution. Much of the content is work in progress. As well as talking about D&T, I use it to explore new ideas and thoughts related to D&T education and my research, which are still embryonic and may change. Consult my publications for a reliable record of my considered thoughts on the topic featured in this podcast.Podcast music composed by Chris Corcoran (http://www.svengali.org.uk)

    Primary Perspectives: Shaping the Future of D&T Education

    Primary Perspectives: Shaping the Future of D&T Education

    Send me a message.In this episode of the Talking D&T podcast, I interviewed Janine Pavlis, a lecturer at St Mary's University in Twickenham, London, who specialises in primary design and technology education. We discussed the current state of D&T in primary schools, including the statutory requirements, the typical structure of lessons, and the importance of creativity and problem-solving skills.Janine shared examples of good practice she has observed, such as the integration of compu...

    • 43 min
    Bridging the Gap: Connecting Craft, Design, and Technology in Schools

    Bridging the Gap: Connecting Craft, Design, and Technology in Schools

    Send me a message.In this episode of the Talking D&T podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicky Dewar, the Director of Learning and Skills at the Crafts Council. We discussed the importance of craft in design and technology education and the challenges faced by schools in incorporating hands-on making experiences for students.Nicky shared her insights on how the craft element in both art and design and design technology has been slowly eroding over time. She emphasized the signific...

    • 28 min
    🔒 The Art of Balancing Engagement and Learning in Design and Technology Lessons

    🔒 The Art of Balancing Engagement and Learning in Design and Technology Lessons

    Subscriber-only episodeSend me a message.In this episode of Talking D&T, I reflect on the conversation published earlier this week with Tony Ryan about the various industry contexts developed by the Design and Technology Association for Key Stage 3 pupils in England. I explore the complexities that teachers face when designing a unit of work, particularly in the realm of design and technology.Drawing from the "Inspired by Industry" work discussed by Tony, I emphasise the importance ...

    • 12 min
    Reimagining Design and Technology Education: The D&T Association's Innovative Approach

    Reimagining Design and Technology Education: The D&T Association's Innovative Approach

    Send me a message.Early this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Tony Ryan, the Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association. In this episode, Tony shared exciting updates about the association's initiatives to support and advance design and technology education in the UK.We discussed the "Reimagined" program, which focuses on developing a design-driven, problem-solving approach to the subject at Key Stage 3. The association has created 12 units of work, with plans to release ...

    • 44 min
    🔒 Nurturing Collaboration and Support Networks in D&T Education

    🔒 Nurturing Collaboration and Support Networks in D&T Education

    Subscriber-only episodeSend me a message.In this episode of Talking D&T, I wanted to delve into the topic of collaboration, support, and networks for design and technology teachers. Drawing inspiration from the successful model of the Food Teachers Centre, I discussed the importance of creating spaces where teachers can collaborate and share ideas while maintaining clear standards and boundaries around the subject.I reflected on how the shift from local authorities to multi-academy trusts...

    • 12 min
    Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in D&T Education: Insights from Dave Parry

    Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in D&T Education: Insights from Dave Parry

    Send me a message.In this episode of Talking D&T, I sit down with Dave Parry, Design and Technology Advisor at CLEAPSS, to discuss the current state of D&T education in England and explore potential ways to shape its future. Dave shares his insights from visiting numerous schools and highlights some of the main challenges the subject faces, including a shortage of trained staff, difficulties in recruiting and retaining teachers, and limited access to professional development opportuni...

    • 38 min

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A fantastic listen, even for those experienced D&T teachers out there

I stumbled across these podcasts recently and I have found them really engaging. I’m a Head
of D&T and enjoyed listening to refreshing thoughts and opinions about the teaching of this subject. Nice short and concise content which is perfect for a drive into work.

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