Design & Technology


Welcome to the Design & Technology page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

The Design and Technology curriculum at Healing school is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the resilience, creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 will be taught Design and Technology for half of their academic year. 

Year 7 projects include graphics based work linked to the film industry and an electronics based design project.

Year 8 projects include a design based modelling task using the retail trade as inspiration and an electronic based cycle safety challenge.

Curriculum Overview

Food and Nutrition will be taught for the remainder of their academic year.

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme 

Baseline tests have been completed to determine any knowledge and skills deficit. A bespoke programme has been implemented to ensure successful catch up for all pupils.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Years 7 and 8 pupils will be assessed on their ability to investigate problems, research relevant information, present design solutions and manufacture quality items. Overall progress is reflected in National curriculum levels from level 4 to level 7 at intervals throughout the Key Stage.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Pupils will study AQA 8552 Design and Technology.

This is a broad skills-based D&T course encompassing all areas of Design & Technology including Electronics, Mechanisms, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Allows pupils to develop design solutions using materials and processes that are most appropriate to the challenge in hand.  At the same time it is possible for pupils to pursue the development of specialist knowledge as appropriate.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

Despite lockdown causing challenges, our programme of online lessons has proved successful for the majority of our pupils. Plans have been made and implemented to ensure GCSE courses are on track and unfinished coursework is being addressed.

Key Stage 4: 2020 – Changes to content 

We continue to follow the advice and strategies of the exam board as and when new information is released.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Assessment for AQA8552 consists of a written exam and NEA coursework which are detailed below:-

1. Written exam -50% 2hrs (summer of Yr 11)

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks) - A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions, assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks) - Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks) - A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

2. Non-exam assessment (NEA) -50% 30–35 hours approx. 

Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence. This will be a substantial design and make task. Contextual challenges will be released annually in June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA. Students will be encouraged to work with timber, metal, polymers and textiles as well as encompassing electronic and mechanical systems. Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ "Standard" Pass
5+ "Strong Pass

What can it lead to?

All Design & Technology courses underpin a number of further and higher education courses and apprenticeships, along with an extensive range of careers in Engineering and Design and Construction industries.

Accommodation & Resources

All Design & Technology courses are taught by extremely experienced subject specialists.

There are two well established workshops for Resistant Materials and Electronics, a purpose built Design room with a suite of computers, Laser cutter, 3D printer and a purpose built room for Textiles.

All rooms have computer access and interactive whiteboards or touch screens.


Regardless of gender, ethnic origin or ability, we specifically aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. Pupils will learn how to use materials and systems that include timber, metals, polymers, textiles, paper and board, mechanisms and electronics.
  • Critique, evaluate, problem solve, test their ideas and products as well as the work of others.
  • Are prepared for post 16 learning or routes into local providers in manufacturing or trades based employment, ensuring pupils are able to make a positive contribution to modern creative industries.