C.D.T. at Helenswood School, Hastings

Keith Balkham
1982, Vol. 15, No. 1,

Abstract


We frequently hear and read statements about the need for more engineers, the value of 'design education' and the demand for equality for women in the context of practical skills, but seldom are these factors recognised at the grass roots of our society, namely in the schools. There is no shortage of moral support for the school courses that are responding to the challenge of this current thinking: government agencies, Her Majesty's Inspectors and County specialist advisers all react with delight to news of innovation in the practical subjects of our schools, but, alas, finance is not forthcoming in support of their approbation

Despite this seemingly contradictory state of affairs, Helenswood School, Hastings (a recently reorganised girls' comprehensive school with 1200 on roll) decided to grasp the nettle and establish a Craft, Design and Technology department with an important role in the curriculum.

The Headmistress views the subject as a prestigious addition to the traditional subjects of the school, believes in providing girls with equality of opportunity, and is enthusiastic about the problem solving approach of CDT.


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