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Tea ‘N Chat – Research Findings – Future of Textiles Education

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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TEA ‘N CHAT –  Future of Textiles Education Research Findings
An update on the findings of research undertaken by TSC into the current situation of textiles in the curriculum and future opportunities.

12 MARCH 2024
TIME:  7-8pm 


As you may be aware and even contributed to, the research we have been undertaking 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.

This session is to show the results of the research which was took place through surveys, focus groups and talking with individuals and organisations,  and give you another opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

The research was 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?

This session is to show the results of the research and give you another opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

RESEARCH LEAD:   ROY BALLAM  BA (Hons), MA, School Education Consultant

Roy Ballam works as a school education consultant, after leaving a leading charity as Managing Director and Head of Education.
He has been involved in numerous teaching and education programme, initiatives and publications, including those in the UK and internationally.
He is an experienced educational leader specialising in education management, training, resource development and research, and policy development and implementation. Throughout his career, he has used ICT to help bring subject-specific learning to life and support teachers through innovative, but pragmatic approaches. Roy originally trained as a food and textiles teacher and has been a GCSE moderator and A-level principal examiner.

The Textiles Skills Centre Associates are a team of volunteers that manage the social media platforms and website, and offer support, mentorship and advice to textile teachers and trainees. We organise free resource networking events each month (Tea ‘N Chat) and are always on hand to help and encourage when needed.
We are always looking for new Associate members, so if you would like to join this small team then do contact us at: info@textileskillscentre.com

At the moment all costs are met by our team and time is given freely. If you are able to support us with a donation, however small, this will help to enhance the work we are doing.

You can donate using the DONATION button below which will take you to the Paypal donations page, or select an amount when you book the event. All donations gratefully received.



March 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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