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Will design and technology be lost from the Curriculum?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Being a strong supporter of encouraging more women into the engineering, design and technology sectors Meg Munn MP recently met Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Tony Cowell to discuss concerns about design and technology being taken off the national curriculum.


Meg was advised that if design and technology were removed from the national curriculum fewer schools would offer the subjects to students because head teachers tend to view it as being more expensive than other subjects. As a result, fewer and fewer students would progress into these important fields, vital areas for innovation and subsequent economic growth, particularly at a time when we should be moving toward a more green economy.

Design and technology has already suffered, not being including in the list of subjects offered on the new English Baccalaureate (EBAC) introduced by the government.  


Meg commented:


“Design and technology is an important part of our children’s education, we need to inspire them and get their creative juices flowing. Having recently published a pamphlet on encouraging more women in the fields of engineering, design and technology, I understand the importance of improving provision in schools and support the efforts made by Sheffield Hallam University.”

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Meg with Professor Tony Cowell

Meg with Professor Tony Cowell

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