Preparing D&T for 2005 - Moving Beyond the Rhetoric The DATA Lecture

David Barlex
2000, Vol. 5, No. 1,


Progress so far

Many of us here will remember the difficulties of the first five years of National Curriculum design and technology. A programme of study for each level of attainment, four attainment targets, a programme of study that seemed to match the attainment targets but not quite, an attainment target that managed to prevent teachers teaching (AT! Identifying needs and opportunities), models of delivery that were complicated and required teachers to operate well outside their areas of expertise. The intentions were good but chaos reigned supreme. We have come a long way since then. The clarification through the revised Orders of 1995 helped considerably although some regarded these as over prescriptive. The period of relative calm between 1995 and now, (no major changes to the design and technology Orders compared with the several different versi<font face="Times New Roman" size="1" color="#4aaead"

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