Industrial Practices, Systems and Control at Key Stage 4

Lesley Cresswell
1999, Vol. 4, No. 3,


This article discusses the relationship between designing and making processes followed in design and technology and industrial and commercial practices commonly used in industry. It identifies a range of industrial and commercial practices and gives examples of how these can be translated into classroom practice in different focus material areas. A unit of work for Key Stage 4 textiles technology demonstrates how industrial practices can be integrated into textiles work, using simple industry-related activities. The unit of work includes learning objectives, possible teaching activities, opportunities for building an understanding of industrial practices and further activities/homework ideas.

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