Design Technology & Engineering Blog: Electroflight, a fully electric 300+mph racing plane


Electroflight website


The single seat prototype aircraft is designed to demonstrate the advantages of pure electric flight.

  • All Up Weight (excluding pilot); 345 kgs.
  • Maximum Power (3400rpm): 225 kW
  • Thrust 500 Kgs
  • Maximum level Speed (sea level) 250 kts
  • Climb rate (vertical) 9,000 ft/min
  • Battery power (720 volts) 15 kW


DT & Engineering Blog: Behaviour Management – Working with Parents


Here are some tips on how to work collaboratively with parents who don’t consider that their child’s behaviour is problematic in school:

  • clarify the school’s expectations that should be set out in the home/school agreement
  • develop positive relationships with the parents
  • explain that the school seeks to work in partnership with parents
  • let them know when their child has behaved well
  • let parents know that their views are valued
  • keep a reasonably detailed and factual record of incidents like, “Ethan left his seat, went across the classroom and hit James on the back” rather than, “Ethan disrupted the lesson and prevented others from learning”
  • seek advice on school procedures for meeting parents from your mentor.

DT & Engineering Blog: The DNA of a Champion – Sir Clive Woodward


The DNA of a Champion – Talent Alone is not enough. Sir Clive Woodward, Former England Rugby Coach interviewed by Piers Morgan.
As the architect of Britain’s greatest rugby achievement, Sir Clive Woodward is a national hero. Clive draws on his experiences as Director of Sport for Team GB at the British Olympic Association for the London 2012 Olympics and more recently as founding partner & chairman of an online coaching software app company, and a member of the IOC’s Entourage Committee; Clive’s approach to winning has captured the imagination of both the sporting and corporate worlds.

Clive’s principles have resonance not only in sport but they relate to business in practical and theoretical terms. High performance teams work in a similar way to companies and are built on structures resembling sports teams. Clive’s experience of business and sport endow him with the knowledge and experience to relate and explain the common…

Design Technology (Textiles) Resources: Product Analysis of Branded Clothing


Aims and objectives of lesson: To analyse the differences between branded clothing and non-branded clothing. To evaluate why people buy branded clothing over non-branded clothing. To identify a branded clothing and create a product analysis of the branded clothing.

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DT & Engineering Blog: Why did Assessment for Learning fail? #Educationfest


Daisy Christodoulou, Head of Assesment at Ark Schools.
Assessment for learning is one of the most well-evidenced methods of improving education. Yet, after nearly two decades of intensive training and investment in its principles, educational standards in England haven’t risen. Why? Daisy Christodoulou considers some possible explanations.
Daisy Christodoulou is the Research and Development Manager at Ark Schools, where she works on new approaches to curriculum and assessment. Before that, she trained as a secondary English teacher through the Teach First programme and taught in two London comprehensives. Her book, Seven Myths about Education, was published in March 2014. She has been part of government commissions on the future of ITT and assessing without levels.

Design and Technology Resources: Marketing Your T-shirt Design (EPOS, Swing Tags, and Shop fronts)


Aims and Objectives:

  • To investigate Fashion/Textiles marketing including EPOS systems and Barcodes
  • To apply the knowledge gained from the design of your T-shirt to create a ‘Swing-Tag’ in the marketing and selling of your T-shirt
  • To investigate shop front design in relation to marketing and selling your T-shirt
  • To design and create a shop front to market and sell you T-shirt

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Teaching & Learning Tools: Spice Time Credits -Working with and engaging parents


I recently attended a ‘working with and engaging parents’ workshop at a Teacher Seminar. I discovered what I considered to be an awesome platform to work with and engage parents with student’s learning and school life. Spice Time Credits encourages parents and guardians to be involved with various activities within the school. In turn parents and guardians would earn time credits which could go towards leisure activities such as theme parks.


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DT & Engineering Resources: The Importance of Design & Technology and Engineering in the Lifelong Learning Sector


The Importance of Design & Technology and Engineering in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Subject Areas covered: Design and Technology, Product Design, Engineering, 3D Crafts, Art and Design.

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DT & Engineering Blog: Pocket NC 5-Axis Desktop CNC Mill – An alternative to 3D printing?


We’ve seen a few three-axis CNC mills before, but not a five-axis one that’s made for desktop use. At this year’s Maker Faire, we finally got to see the Pocket NC at work, turning aluminium blocks into beautiful parts. It’s a beautiful machine!

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