Our Essential Characteristics of Designers

• Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.

• An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.

• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.

• The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.

• The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.

• A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.

• The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.

• The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.

• A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems. 

Assessment in Design Technology

Home Learning

Here are some suggested websites you might like to use for home learning

Stem Learning

To support parents and carers our subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials, which are free for everyone to access.

Little Inventors

This is a great website - all children need is a piece of paper, some drawing materials and their imagination!

Learn by Design

This appears to have challenges suitable for all age groups

Stem at Home

This is an excellent website, with a number of easy challenges

Institution of mechanical engineers

IMechE’s library of online STEM activities, which can be done at home or in a school environment, encourage children to take part in fun, educational activities. Take part and share with us your home-learning creations on social media using #STEMatHome and #IMechESTEM or email us.


This is an American site but has some excellent activities relating to space