Brooke Weston has been designated a regional branch by the Design and Technology Association and recently hosted its first meeting which was aimed at sharing best practice and ideas across the profession.
The remit of regional branches is to support teaching and the delivery of the new D&T national curriculum and it also gives teachers a chance to network with colleagues from across the region, share ideas and hear lectures from visiting speakers.
The Design and Technology Association said: ‘Quite simply, our local branches are an integral part of our communication strategy with members on a local and regional level.’
Julie Halley, School Improvement Advisor for Buckinghamshire spoke about the new programmes of study at the first meeting while STEM consultant Julie Messenger informed delegates of the latest STEM initiatives and opportunities. 13 delegates from across the region attend, from schools as far apart as Northampton and Stamford. The meetings are open to anyone involved in the delivery of D&T in schools, colleges and universities.
Mr Browne, Head of D&T at Brooke Weston said: ‘The first meeting was about introducing ourselves and talking about the programmes of study. Next year we will have two more meetings, each of which will be focussed on specific training and opportunities.’