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Textiles Technology - What future?

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by Moomin Troll, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Moomin Troll

    Moomin Troll New commenter

    Last year at the Design and Technology Association (DATA) conference I was part of a group of people who presented on the future of Textiles Technology within the National Curriculum. I am involved with some research looking at how Textiles is taught in schools, from my position in ITT provision myself and colleagues see that many schools are slowly moving textiles into art and away from Design and Technology. A brief survey has been put together to investigate this - if you have a few minutes, please have a look (should take no more than 5 mins to complete).

    Click here for survey

    All responses gratefully received.
  2. Just replied - hope it was helpful, also have a FB group with textile teachers s members.
  3. Moomin Troll

    Moomin Troll New commenter

    Many thanks - I'd be grateful if you could circulate this in your FB group. I've had a lot of responses so far and it is clear there is not only concern about it being assimilated into art, but also in its general future and the survival of it as a technological subject.
  4. Just filled in survey, it is very concerning where Textiles is going to sit in the future and would be great if more people could become involved in this thread!
  5. Hi -
    I'm concerned about the future of textiles as well
  6. With the current economic climate now is a good time to promote the advantages of textile skills. That can only happen if others look beyond the needlework element.
    I am still amazed textiles is considered an easy subject and that there is very little skill required but the textile teacher is necessary when a bag needs to be repaired or a zip replaced in a pair of trousers.
    I initially trained in textile manufacturing and was surprised when I first started teaching to teach food. My head of department was surprised that I couldn't cook. Would you ask Gordan Ramsey to run up a skirt? Why expect a textile teacher to deliver food practical lessons? In my opinion, teaching food practical skills is not the same as teaching textiles. I am fortunate that I only teach textiles. I am aware that in some schools textiles is taught by non specialists and that is where the problem lies. When the national curriculum was introduced and textiles became part of DT, teachers had to look at how products were manufactured in quantity. How many teachers have a manufacturing background?

    Overall, there needs to be a rethink in how the subject is delivered and make it more relevant to the students. Textiles is not just about making prom dresses and cushions. Textiles needs to be relevant to the 21st century. Until we move away from the typical stereotype and reinvent ourselves textiles might not be taught in some schools. There is a need for textiles in the curriculum, it is how it is perceived in the future that will determine its survival.
  7. Hi sorry just seen this post!

    In my area (north west) textiles as a subject is rapidly on its way out I'm afraid.
    I know of 3 textile teachers that have been made redundant ( different schools ) and the future looks extremely bleak.
  8. sugaflowa

    sugaflowa New commenter

    in my school in the north east, textile is dying. no uptake at gcse for the second year now, likely it will be removed from ks3 too. a shame really. im glad im a product design teacher
  9. castalia1

    castalia1 New commenter

    One of the problems is that the fashion colleges are not interested in A level textiles; they prefer students to have studied Art. St Martins fashion students often outsource their making - so no practical skills are required. (Incidentally, Architecture schools seem to have a similar attitude towards DT). AQA haven't helped - the lack of coursework materials at A level have made it difficult to teach and the exams are full of esoteric theory.
  10. JTL

    JTL Occasional commenter

    Interesting article in Monday 6th May Times, pg 20&21. "Schools Should Teach Sewing and Basic Skills", insists Horlick. She says, that as DIY booms, the essentials should be compulsory.

    Now, a petition has been launched calling for the government to reintroduce sewing as a compulsory subject in schools. Horlick supports the petition.

  11. JTL

    JTL Occasional commenter

    I know someone at Nottingham doing a Textile course, Costume Design, I think. (Final show at beginning of June.) She is designing and making and is then getting private tuition in men's tailoring with a view to getting work on Saville Row. Apparently there is a shortage of people going into men's tailoring.

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