The Government has dropped ‘dumbed-down’ proposals for teaching design and instead unveiled a National Curriculum which will see pupils taught practical skills and techniques such as 3D printing.
The new National Curriculum, is set to come into force in 2014 and has been published today by the Department for Education.
The new curriculum focuses on ‘inspiring, rigorous and practical’ teaching, according to the DfE. Pupils will be taught to ’design and make products that solve real and relevant problems’. They will also ’learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising’.
They will be taught to use a variety of tools including 3D printing and computer modelling and will also investigate new technologies and analyse the work of past and contemporary designers.