How well will the new design and technology curriculum help to better prepare young people for jobs in engineering and manufacturing?
The design and technology element of the new national curriculum promises to give pupils a real hands-on opportunity to solve technology challenges, but will 3D printers and laser cutters in schools prepare youngsters for a careers in engineering and manufacturing?
56 per cent of respondents cautioned that teachers would need to be better trained to implement it, while only 10 per cent said unequivocally that it would raise standards and provide children with the correct skills required in industry.
A total of 17 per cent of respondents noted that the proposed changes will be limited because most secondary schools are academies and exempt from teaching it, and a further 17 per cent dismissed the move entirely by agreeing that they are irrelevant as only specialised vocational training can meet the needs of industry.
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