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Research and analysis
Meeting technological challenges: school design and technology provision
Ofsted survey report evaluating the provision of design and technology in the curriculum.
This Ofsted survey report found that achievement and provision in design and technology (D&T) were good in about two thirds of the primary schools and just under half of the secondary schools visited, particularly where up-to-date technologies were used and explained accurately to pupils. However, a lack of subject-specific training for teachers undermined efforts to develop pupils’ knowledge and skills, particularly in using electronics, developing control systems and using computers to aid designing and making. The report also addresses the challenges presented to schools in modernising the D&T curriculum so that it keeps pace with global technological developments.