Craft, Design and Technology from 5 to 16 (Curriculum Matters 9): 1987
Produced in 1987, this document written by the Department for Education and Science and HM Inspectorate was intended to stimulate a professional debate and to contribute to reaching national agreement about the objectives and content of the school craft, design and technology curriculum of the time.
The Government had recently announced the intention to legislate to establish a national curriculum and to set up a National Curriculum Council supported by individual subject working groups to identify and consult on essential features of the national curriculum and to identify a range of attainment targets at the ages of 7, 11, 14 and 16 and, with the help of a task group on assessment and testing, to propose ways of assessing performance at these ages. This paper was intended to contribute to national deliberations by drawing together professional and lay opinion and feeding into the work of the National Curriculum Council and its working groups. It was also intended to contribute to an on-going professional debate about the nature of education in craft, design and technology.
The sections of this report are:
• What is craft, design and technology (CDT)?
• The aims and objectives of CDT
• Teaching and learning through CDT
• Planning for progression
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