The current National Curriculum (England) for D&T Key Stage 1-3 has been in place since 2014 and is likely to be reviewed shortly. Key players have begun to ask questions of the Textiles Skills Centre to understand the shape and content of textiles education ready for any curriculum change in England.
What the research is about
We want to better understand the current position and teaching of textiles education now, from time-tabling to subject content, as well as what you think needs to happen to ensure its place in a future curriculum.
The research is about obtaining a baseline of what is happening now, and what changes may be needed in the future. Your opinion and reflections are important to help us inform government, awarding organisations, professional associations and teacher trainers.
There are some big questions. If all young people are to get an opportunity to learn about textiles, how should schools plan and implement this? Textiles has been part of Design and Technology since the start of the National Curriculum in the 1990s; should it remain as part of this subject? Should it stand outside of D&T? Would textiles be better served if it sat with Art?
There are strengths and weaknesses in the different positions and plans that might be adopted by schools. But what will lead to a strong position for textiles education?
Taking part in the research
There are two parts of the research: capturing the opinions of teachers and pupils.
- Take part yourself
We want to better understand what you think about textiles education now, from time-tabling to subject content, as well as what you think needs to happen to ensure its place in a future curriculum.
The survey will take you around 10-15 minutes to complete (click here to view a PDF version). The survey is anonymous.
The link to the teacher survey is: https://forms.gle/XAr2QnLdybSScKTD7
- Get your pupils to take part
We want to better understand what pupils think about their textile education experience in school, as well as capture their thoughts about the future of the subject. It is also a great opportunity for pupils to take part in national research. We really want to hear from as may pupils as possible.
If you are interested in looking at the pupil survey, click here for the PDF version. Please do not view/complete the online version.
The survey will take pupils around 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous.
The link to the pupil survey is: https://forms.gle/giQhfLQ2tP4tBzGLA
*The surveys are open from Thursday 26 October to Friday 15 January 2024 (mid-night)*
The report based on this research is due to be published in early 2024.We will be promoting the results via the Textile Skills Centre website, newsletter and social media channels.
Thanks in advance for your support,
Textile Skills Centre