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Rebranding the Technology Department

Friday, 07 July 2017

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From 1st September 2017 the Technology department in Bolton School Boys’ Division will be known as:

Department of Design, Technology and Engineering (DTE)

This move is being made to more accurately reflect the nature of the courses and activities which take place within the department and to promote the department in providing modern, relevant and evolving subjects in our pupils’ academic curriculum.

This well-established department offers a huge range of popular activities, and lessons which bring learning to life, requiring pupils to apply their learning to real-life situations. As well as teaching technical knowledge and skills, our pupils’ creativity and innovation are enhanced by the application of knowledge from other curriculum areas such as maths, science, art, computing and the humanities.

The rebranding coincides with the introduction in September this year of an entirely new suite of GCSE and A level courses. These contemporary courses encourage learners to use modern materials and smart technologies to solve real and relevant problems considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Iterative designing is core to these new courses.

The new title was carefully chosen to effectively encompass all that we routinely do within the department:

Design – the generation of creative, innovative ideas

Technology – the use of modern materials and smart technologies to provide advanced solutions to problems

Engineering – the application of maths, science and other knowledge and skills to develop working systems.

Our wide-ranging curriculum will be delivered through lessons as follows:

Years 7–9: Design and Technology

Years 10–11: GCSE Design and Technology and GCSE Electronics

Years 12 – 13:    A level Design Engineering, A level Product Design, A level Electronics

Through extra-curricular clubs, we will continue to offer a huge range of activities to appeal to pupils including:

Engineering clubs

Design communication

Go-kart and mechanical clubs


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