1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

KS5 textiles classes with no notice: Garment construction courses in London?

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by dt201, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. dt201

    dt201 Occasional commenter

    Hello,
    My HOD has gone on maternity leave and I have been given her KS5 and some of her KS4 textiles at the last minute. I'm a graphics and resistant materials specialst and a NQT. Whilst I would like to teach some textiles I have never made anything from a pattern I'm fine teaching it for KS3. I had my first lesson with KS5 yesterday and they've all got really different designs and I don't have a clue what to do. My school is very anti paying for external professional development and had before said I couldn't go on a course. I think I've got them to consider letting me go to a one or two day course but I can't find any suitable ones, only longer courses. Can anyone recommend anywhere in London? I'm getting quite worried as I don't want to let the students down, but my school don't want to budge and as I'm a NQT I don't want to rock the boat too much.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dt201

    dt201 Occasional commenter

    Hello,
    My HOD has gone on maternity leave and I have been given her KS5 and some of her KS4 textiles at the last minute. I'm a graphics and resistant materials specialst and a NQT. Whilst I would like to teach some textiles I have never made anything from a pattern I'm fine teaching it for KS3. I had my first lesson with KS5 yesterday and they've all got really different designs and I don't have a clue what to do. My school is very anti paying for external professional development and had before said I couldn't go on a course. I think I've got them to consider letting me go to a one or two day course but I can't find any suitable ones, only longer courses. Can anyone recommend anywhere in London? I'm getting quite worried as I don't want to let the students down, but my school don't want to budge and as I'm a NQT I don't want to rock the boat too much.
    Thanks in advance.
     

  3. I have taught GCSE and A'level textiles for many years and before this worked in the textile industry in manufacturing and then ran my own children's wear company as well as made wedding dresses and stage wear for clients for many years. After this I taught adult pattern making and overlocking classes. I don't really work from patterns as I make my own but there are not many things that I can't work out how to make (seems to be one of those intuitive things I was born with!) I am not just singing my own praises here I am offering to help! I am based in Hertfordshire but not that far out of London and if you wanted to visit with projects I would be happy to run through them with you. Are you doing this for 2012 submission? Because you are in for a lot of late nights if you are planning to meet this year's deadlines??? I think you will struggle to find any courses that will teach you all you need to know in a a few short hours....

     
  4. whoops meant to add my email address
    chp@dressmate.co.uk
    or talk to me on the Textiles Surgery on Facebook.
     
  5. dt201

    dt201 Occasional commenter

    Wow you have loads of experience! Thank you, that is such a genous offer. I'm in South London so on the wrong side of London to get to Hertfodshire but thanks again for the offer.
    It's BTEC L3 Susbsidiary Diploma in Art and Design: Fashion and Clothing, so not an AS or A-level. They've all designed outfits and are making different things - some of them have started making their toiles already. A few of them did GCSE textiles but some of them have never made anything before either. The deadline is supposed to be next month although I may try and get it extended, as they're not getting specialist teaching which isn't their fault. Thankfully it's quite a small group.
    I spoke to my HOD today and she did make it sound like I could go on a short course but she had to rush off so couldn't discuss it. I just can't find a course that's quite short and meets my needs!
     
  6. What you are being asked to do seems to me near impossible with so little experience. I don't want to give you bad dreams, but I started sewing at the age of 5 when was first bought a machine so now have been sewing for 50 years. To make garments where they need to fit, be altered is not something you pick up in a few hours. I do hope that they will not judge your teaching in any way based on this. It would be like asking someone who might teach french who has been in holiday say in Italy and picked up a few words then to teach A Level italian. Don't think anyone would think this possible. So how ca you be expected to do this?? Ask for a really good talk to your Head of Dept etc Have a proper meeting!
     
  7. I agree with ajtextiles. this is a ridiculous request to make pf someone, but also shows that someone who is making the decisions has no idea of the complexity of making garments - or of how challenging students find this esepcially of they have never made anything before. Lol I also started sewing at the age of 5 or 6 and was making clothing by the time I was 10. So have also had 50yrs of practice. you will NOT find a course that will teach you all you will need to know in a few hours. You must talk to your HoD and ask them to get a specialist in for the maternity cover. Good Luck, I hope you can sort this out,because a month is not long, and the offer of help still stands.
     
  8. You have been put in a ridiculous situation but you know that already. Your concern for the students does you credit and your HoD does not deserve you.
    You need help so here is my two-pennyworth. I am an Engineering/Electronics specialist so can see how I would feel in the same place.
    1. read the specification this weekend and highlight anything that you CAN teach right now, possibly there is some research techniques or, as you are graphics, drawing/sketching. Play to your strengths.
    2. ask your HoD for help, having a timetabled meeting is a good idea, CC the link SMT into the request it gets to be seen to be happening by SMT that way.
    3. While you teach the kids how to draw properly do some research yourself, how good is the technician, do any of the parents have these practical skills, is there a retired dressmaker/tailor working nearby that might be available to help?
    4. If you can't get the practical help then you need to simplify the projects to a point that you CAN help the kids if it all goes pear-shaped. Avoid too much real tailoring and look at decorative effects to try and make up the marks. I don't know what the spec says but it would probably be better that they create inspired and creative designs than badly made fitted jackets. They may have already chosen but they may have to change their ideas. Be honest with them, kids will see through you anyway.
    With the best will in the world you will struggle, I would but do your best and ask for help, keep asking for help and I would get on a train and go and see that helpful person in a,previous post.
     
  9. dt201

    dt201 Occasional commenter

    Thank you all for your replies, they've really helped.
    I'm going to email my HOD (the one who has technically gone on maternity leave already, but is in for one last week doing marking only) now and ask for a meeting to sort this out!
    Thanks again.
     
  10. All the best with this. I really cannot see how you head of dept would even expect you to try what has been asked of you if she teaches students to make clothes etc. Make sure she knows you have never used a dress pattern yourself let alone tried to teach these skills, This should ring alarm bells in her head!!!
    Many years ago when I did O level needle work I well remember having to make half (yes half a pair of shorts) from start to finish in two and a half hours with the minimum of insrtuctions. we had to inset zip etc.Question - could you do this without assistance - This is basic!!!
    Where i am teaching now athe textiles teacher left so they asked an Art teacher who did do a little sewing to take over the GCSE group. She was honest about what she could do so she looked after organisation,behaviour whilst a women who knew how to sew did the technical stuff.
    It really sounds like they hardly have any time to make their designs and I cannot believe that the Head of dept has not organised it that they wouldn't be at a stage where most was done by now!
    You must not be made to feel responsible for this mess!
     

Share This Page