Design and Technology in primary schools develops young children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. Design and Technology encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.


All maintained primary schools in England are required to follow the National Curriculum, which includes design and technology as a compulsory subject at Key Stages 1 and 2, with statutory Programmes of Study. The Association has produced a range of resources to support teachers implementing the D&T Programmes of Study including Projects on a Page, a scheme of work including 21 project planners.

D&T gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

Design and Technology helps you to teach Maths and English and other subjects on the curriculum in a fun and inspiring manner and put these subjects into context making them easier to digest and more understandable to younger primary age pupils.

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How we can help at a primary level

At Primary level, Design and Technology teachers and subject leaders are important members of the educational system. A successful D&T subject leader learns and develops a wide range of skills and personal qualities in addition to those of a standard teacher.

The role of the subject leader is as complex as it is rewarding. It involves working closely with others to provide a coherent curriculum for pupils, making a case for educational time, resources, CPD, extra-curricular activities, etc. A subject leader is expected to lead with vision, to manage, to make the right decisions and be an excellent teacher.

The Association offers services to help make the professional life of primary school teachers easier and more effective. We listen carefully to our members and can respond with a broad range of resources, services, membership options, events, publications and other benefits tailored to individual needs – all at affordable prices.

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Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

We are focused on giving you the tools, knowledge and information you need to become more effective, more experienced and more efficient. Giving you access to expert opinions. And creating a place where you can air your views, ask your questions and so help make a difference to your life and those of your pupils. We want to hear from you. We want to know how we can help. And we want you to join us.

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