Tamworth’s MP Submits Question to the Secretary of State for Education

Christopher Pincher MP 21Tamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, has submitted a written question to the Secretary of State for Education on design and technology.

Mr Pincher wrote to ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure future teaching of design and technology in schools has a focus on manufacturing emphasis.”

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss MP, replied, “Design and technology is a compulsory National Curriculum subject in schools up to key stage 3.  Its “resistant materials” and “systems and control” components are mandatory and young people choose a third component, either textiles or food.

“The first two components enable young people to learn about manufacturing in the context of applying electrical, electronic, mechanical, microprocessor and computer control systems.  On 11 June 2012, the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, announced that design and technology would continue to be compulsory in the new National Curriculum.

“We are currently considering the content of the revised National Curriculum Programme of Study for design and technology and will consult on a draft shortly.”

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