Re-Designing Design and technology Education: An Invited Blog Post

  • Matt McLain (Other)
  • David Wooff (Other)

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Amid our growing concerns for the continued decline of design and technology education within the school curriculum, last year we instigated a programme of research which sought specifically to illuminate stakeholder perspectives from the community about the potential future of design and technology. Building upon aspects of our previous work, which was noted within an earlier blog post on this site, acting as a catalyst, this new line of enquiry was swiftly followed by the instigation of a ‘state of the nation’ national survey by the Design and Technology Association (DATA) and The Royal Academy of Engineers (RAE), and amid this groundswell of support, this renewed interested prompted the Head of Ofsted Amanda Speilman’s public address in support of the subject at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Spielman, 2019). Having presented the initial findings of our research programme at a national (UK based) conference in May, we subsequently published our first phase findings to the International community in Malta at the PATT Conference in June. The paper was very well received and has sparked further debate and, pending publication of the full paper, further work is already in progress.

Hence it is timely to present an update, an interim report of our current work and as such we are delighted, once again be invited by David and Torben to pen this second blog post.

PeriodOct 2019
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Design and Technology
  • Education
  • Re-designing
  • Future