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The Design Technology Curriculum at BGGS


Our teachers are passionate about their subjects. They work hard to share their specialist knowledge and enthusiasm for their discipline with their classes and will explain to students what they are going to teach them.

We also want you, as parents/carers, to understand our curriculum too. So we invited our Curriculum Leaders (Heads of Department) to share some of the reasons why they teach what they do and the difference it will make for our students.

We are publishing this curriculum information in a regular series here on our website along with information about  and how we assess the impact what we teach is having on our students.

“We are committed to help your daughter be the very best version of herself that she can be – through academic study, opportunities to participate in the arts and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. This guide will help you understand what we have chosen to teach at Bordesley Green Girls’ School and why”                                          

Ms P Hyare, Acting Headteacher

In this article, we focus on Design Technology at Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form

"Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.”

Stephen Gardiner


Our mission in KS3 Design and Technology is to provide opportunities for students to develop and show their creative abilities.

Students use their design skills and imagination to produce workable plans for a real-world scenario. This is done in a variety of materials and involves using a wide range of tools and equipment.

Prior learning from other subject areas, such as Maths and Science, combined with DT skills, knowledge & understanding enable students to create quality products. Students will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate existing product and review their own work critically.

Students will understand the design process and how new innovations and technologies can shape our future world.

How we assess the impact of what your child is taught:

Design Technology

How will classwork be marked/





Once every 3 weeks due to number of lessons per fortnight. Levels will be awarded at end of the unit of work. Verbal teacher-feedback. Teachers will use red pen.


Reviewed every 3 weeks, depending on practical activity taking place at the time marking could be once per month. Grades will be awarded upon completion of the piece of work. Verbal teacher-feedback. Teachers will use red pen.



What classwork will be marked?


Classroom notes and designs will receive teacher comments. Due to practical nature of subject, often verbal feedback is given, stamps are used in booklets to indicate if verbal feedback has been given.


Teachers will comment on classroom notes and give verbal feedback on assessments. Often Post It Notes are attached to practical work to provide feedback. Controlled assessment in some areas cannot be marked formally as work progresses due to exam board regulations.



How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?


Students will read and respond to comments made in books in green pen. In RM students have levels within booklet to enable students to review levels and reflect how they can make improvements. Where Post It Notes are used, these can be transferred to booklets and their response is written in green pen.

How will Homework be marked/




Homework is often part of practical booklet and marked as described above.


Revision workbooks are produced for homework and these are marked when needed. Some of the homework can be marked by stickers if work is practical.



What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

KS3 – students are given practical projects to complete each term, at the end of the unit of work students are given a formal level. Each subject area has a variety of differing projects they offer.


KS4 - Lots of verbal feedback and discussion to help students enhance their creativity and therefore increase their formal assessment level, often this is coursework. Some of the formal assessments are controlled assessments. Practice essay type questions are used, and revision booklets are distributed to students on the chosen theme for that year.