Characteristics of a gifted a D&T pupil:
Able to work independently and use different approaches
in problem solving.
Work with confidence in contexts beyond their daily
experiences and empathise with both user and client needs.
Capable of rigorous analysis, explaining why products
look like they do, materials used, methods and scale
Have flashes of inspiration, originality and innovation
in their idea generation.
Demonstrate high levels of technological understanding
Display consistently high levels of making, accuracy
and finish in all practical work.
Be sensitive to aesthetic, IPSAC, social and cultural
issues when designing and evaluating.
Get frustrated when a teacher demands that they follow
a rigid design and make process.
Teacher identification of a gifted
Outstanding performances evidenced in all designing
and making activities, beyond NC levels for their age group.
High level of contribution in class discussions.
Asking appropriate questions in class and providing
detailed and accurate answers – an enquiring mind.
A willingness to take a leadership role in
class, possibly mentoring other students.
The department feel the most useful criteria need to
be generic and demonstrated in two discrete Key Stage strands. This will
reflect prior knowledge, curriculum time and the distinct and varied materials
areas that represent D&T at St
Key Stage 3
- Excellent awareness of Health and Safety procedures
in a variety of D&T environments.
- Select and use appropriate tools, equipment and
- Manufacture with care, control and accuracy quality
outcomes fit for their intended purpose.
- Demonstrate excellent knowledge assimilation through
application in all design and practical work.
- Provide evidence of ‘peer mentoring’ and support.
Key Stage 4
In addition to the above:
- Look to previous knowledge and understanding to
inform and improve current and future design activities and outcomes.
- Apply Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures
in the design and production of prototype outcomes.
- Work with confidence and maturity as part of a
group or independently.