Design & Technology
Head of Department
Mrs H O’Connor
- BA Hons in Home Economics
- PGCE Secondary Education and Home Economics
“Design and technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizz kids turn their bright ideas into useful products.”
Design and Technology at Pleckgate provides opportunities for students to develop capability to design and create high quality products. Technology gives the opportunity to put the skills into real life practical situations. Skills such as time management, problem solving, organising teams and an understanding of the value of resources, are developed throughout the programme of study.
Food technology allows for practical experiences, cooking and life skills that allows students to develop independence, manage a budget and meet deadlines. The food curriculum has been specifically designed considering the diverse population of the school community. Skills learnt at KS3 may then be developed further in KS4 Hospitality and Catering where high-level practical skills are the key to success along with an understanding of how to ensure that a catering business runs successfully.
Our Design Technology curriculum is sequenced thereby allowing students to confidently and successfully participate in an increasingly technological world and to be aware of wider influences of design and technology; including historical, innovative, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students demonstrate high quality written communication, sketching and annotation as well as extending practical skills. These are offered as a part of the school curriculum and through links with Blackburn College and BAE Systems where students can enjoy enrichment activities and competitions.
Students at Pleckgate have a wide range of practical experiences in both design and technology and food technology which provides the opportunity to excel in a creative curriculum. Through the innovative products made, students are able to demonstrate their success in the design and technology and food technology units.