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Design and Technology

In the New Beacon Design and Technology Department we aim to provide the boys with a breadth of technological, design and realisation experiences to enable them to exercise fully their problem-solving potential.

Opportunities are offered for pupils to develop their capabilities, through combining designing and making skills with an understanding of materials. Development of the critical understanding of technical processes, products and their manufacture prepares them for making a contribution to life and work in an increasingly technological society.

Learners are given the opportunity to develop their 3D problem-solving skill to a high level through a range of challenges and tasks coupled with a variety of materials and technologies, including specialist computer aided manufacture via the use of a laser cutter.

Through creative thinking, New Beacon boys are encouraged to make positive changes to objects and products used in everyday life. The nature of the subject encourages and enables students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.

‘The best way to predict the future is to design it’.
R.B Fuller