Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Design Technology

Design & Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of themselves and their community by developing life skills that, because of their REAL nature, encourage students to look beyond the classroom and acquire skills that can be used in real life. By exposing students to REAL situations and working towards a brief, risk taking is nurtured and makes students more resourceful, resilient, innovative, enterprising and capable learners. Design & Technology provides students with opportunities to work independently or within collaborative groups. Students should be introduced to a wide variety of materials and techniques in the exploration of each Design & Technology subject. Through creativity, imagination and the application of subject specific knowledge and skills students are able make products that tackle real and relevant problems within an ever changing world whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The OAB Design & Technology curriculum summarises the above structuring delivery around the Four Pillars  


Aspirations: enjoy, experience success, future plans  Cultural Capital: wider world and contexts, exposure to experiences outside the bubble 
Personal confidence: resilience, problem solving  Creative skills: mastery, personal expression, innovation 


Design & Technology has two strands that can be taken at GCSE options. These include Hospitality & Catering and Construction. Our curriculum is designed to ensure students are immersed in all aspects of Design & Technology in Years 7,8 & 9. Students are given knowledge of and the opportunity to practice key skills in both subject areas which would allow them to confidently access these courses. The principals of health and safety underpin any practical learning either in the kitchen or the workshop. This creates the base of a safe learning environment in which students are exposed to ‘real’ tasks. Working to a brief allows pupils to have the opportunity to mimic controlled assessment tasks that would be completed at GCSE level for both Construction as well as Hospitality & Catering.  

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Should you have any queries or would like further information regarding this subject please contact Mr J Advani (Subject Lead) via email: