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BREXUCATION (by Ken Baynes)

If Brexit means Brexit, does education mean education? Or, to put the equation differently, what does Brexit mean for education? And, even more important, what can education do for Brexit? I’d say ‘a lot’ but perhaps not in the way understood by politicians. There seems to be quite remarkable agreement on the required national response […]

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Manifestations (by Ken Baynes)

It can’t be often that art, craft and design education are the subject of two important manifestos. But the Crafts Council and the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) both marked the end of 2014 by issuing policy statements. Both are essential reading for anyone interested in design research or design education. […]

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Curriculum Politics in Action (by Ken Baynes and Eddie Norman)

The Department for Education has published its ‘Design and technology: Draft GCSE subject content (September 2014) and asked for feedback based on 3 questions (our emphasis has been added in bold):.  Is the revised GCSE content (in each of these subjects) appropriate? Please consider: whether there is a suitable level of challenge whether the content […]

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Better Together? (by Ken Baynes)

Much progress has been made since the astonishing Draft Proposals for Design and Technology in the English National Curriculum were published in 2013 and LDP responded by rapidly publishing Design Education: A Vision for the Future with the help of many of our friends. In the last few weeks, we have been reading two documents […]

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An Iterative Model of Designing

If you have an interest in design education, then you’re likely to have already read the Department for Education’s Design and Technology Draft GCSE Subject Consultations. Responses are due by 20 November.  I read through the document and was initially left feeling quite comfortable, rather unchallenged, in fact I thought I quite liked it in […]

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