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KS3/4 Design & Technology - Managing GCSE Coursework 1

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Summary

Design and technology GCSE coursework presents a major challenge and can easily lead to pupils simply jumping through exam board hoops rather than being encouraged to take a creative approach.

In this programme, two teachers show the different ways they encourage pupils to take more independent control of their GCSE coursework.

Lorraine John teaches textiles at Swanmore College of Technology in Hampshire and she believes that good preparation at Key Stage 3 plus giving pupils maximum freedom to choose design briefs is what works best for them.

Stuart Barker teaches electronics at Coopers Technology College in Kent. His approach is to stress the importance of researching the product being made to fit a particular market. He also believes that pupils can learn a lot from examining the work of pupils from previous years, whereas Lorraine believes that this can limit creativity.

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