Introduction to Design and Technology

How is Technology taught?

Design and Technology at George Spencer is an exciting, inspiring and practical subject. Students across all age ranges are challenged to use their creativity, imagination and theoretical understanding to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. They consider their own and others' needs, wants and values in their designing.


Through schemes of learning the department encourages students to take risks, become more resourceful, develop innovation and become more enterprising.



In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups of around 23/24 students. They have 3 lessons a week; a single and a double.

Students follow a rotational course in which they study all aspects of Design and Technology; Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control and Graphics. They undertake a range of modules in these areas where they learn a variety of knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in designing and making.


Students will have approximately 14/15 weeks in each of the five different areas throughout the two years of the rPhase. Having a longer period of time in each area enables the students to design more open ended and exciting projects.


By offering a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum in the rPhase where all areas of Design and Technology are studied it allows students the opportunity to make a more informed decision about which pathway will most suit their needs in the iPhase and beyond.