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Design and Technology in Primary Schools

Discussion in 'Primary' started by magpie1512, Jan 11, 2019.


Is this a service you think that your school would like to buy into?

  1. Yes!

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  2. No, (please explain why)

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  1. magpie1512

    magpie1512 New commenter

    Hi all.
    I am a Secondary DT teacher looking for some advice.

    Basically I've had this idea for a while to contact Primary schools and offer to deliver their DT curriculum in a day/ afternoon- kind of on the same vein as when theater groups come in and deliver some PHSE, or specialist historians/ musicians.

    I was hoping that this could be a viable business, and that it could be a way to stay in touch with the bit of education that I love (making stuff with kids) and get away from the bits I don't (teens and exam results)

    -Could you let me know how this would fit in your school?
    -Do you already have staff/ outsourcing that facilitates this?
    -What costs would schools be happy to pay for this service?

    Obviously this is still Pie in the Sky, but any advice- thumbs up or down, would really support!!
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Pur LA used to run this from the 'premises' of a Double decker bus and it was very popular. However as School budgets started to be strapped and Academisation came in there seemed to be little call for the service sadly. :(

    Having 'mobile premises' meant one could transport all the necessary tools and mess was contained, so that's something to factor in.
    Stiltskin likes this.
  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Where you are, and how far you'll travel will make a big difference to how viable it will be, There will be Primary schools that will be interested but there are many other people/organisations offering DT/Engineering workshops that you'll be competing against. What costs the schools would be willing to pay, depends on what they will get out of it.

    Have you looked at the KS1 and 2 NC and worked out what activities you'd intend to do (I'm presuming you didn't mean deliver the whole curriculum in a day)? Schools are more likely to use workshops where they'd be doing activities they wouldn't normally be able to do using the resources they have access to. The start up costs then are likely to be high, depending on what resources you'd need, so you'd need to factor that in.

    Also, what resources would be required, how long it would realistically take (age will make a big difference) and how many students could take part at one time (depending on what supervision is required for the activity)? With a better idea of what you could offer and a rough idea of how much you'd need to charge, I would approach Primary schools in your target geographic areas and ask if they'd be interested in such a service/

    These are just some of the things I went through when I thought about doing something similar. Whilst it would be fun for the teaching they'd be a lot of admin and chasing work which I'm not that keen on. Realistically considering how much business I would get where I am and what I would have to charge to break even, I wouldn't be earning much money either. So it wasn't a good idea. That said it may for where you are.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. magpie1512

    magpie1512 New commenter

    Thankyou for your feedback!
    I love the idea of the bus with all of the 'mess' contained - thats fantastic!

    I completely understand that the setup costs for a venture like this would be huge.

    I have taught Primary DT before working from a HS with feeder schools, and aware of the capabilities of different age groups and what is required in the NC.

    Thanks for all your advice! I'll look at contacting some local schools before pouring all my savings into a double-Decker!!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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