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High School Teachers Answered

Do you teach 9th-12th grade? If so, say hello and connect with other High School educators.

Feel free to share where you are from, what grade level(s) and subjects you teach, and any exciting projects you did with your students this year or fun plans you have for your classes next year. :)


andrea biffi

19 hours ago

Sorry I was more active in Instructables community before, actually this teaching job hadn't left too much spare time to chat here. Anyway I'm teaching in Waldorf highschools, physics and technology.

WeTeachThemSTEMandrea biffi

Reply 10 hours ago

Welcome back! Thanks for jumping in on this thread and sharing what you teach! :) How long have you been teaching? I've seen a lot of projects from High School Physics classes on Instructables lately, are there any projects from the site that inspire projects you do with your classes?


4 weeks ago

High school D&T teacher here, UK-based


Reply 4 weeks ago

D&T is Design and Technology, right? What Key stage do the D&T classes start in? Also, is their a specific curriculum you follow for D&T?


Reply 27 days ago


Varies: primary schools (KS1 & 2) do a bit, but not with a name. High schools (KS3&4) have it as a range of subjects. Small schools (like mine) have "D&T" as a class. Larger schools have a D&T department, split into various mixes of Resistant Materials ("RM" - woodwork, metalwork, plastics), Textiles, Food, Graphics, Control Technology (microcontrollers etc), Engineering and sometimes ICT falls within their remit.

Unfortunately, D&T is not well supported, nationally. It's an expensive subject to maintain, is not compulsory, and doesn't always contribute to the government-defined measures of progress.

Traditionally, D&T has been the preferred subject of many disaffected and/or less able students, but recent changes have made the subject now called "Design & Technology" much more theory-based, so much so that students could go months without picking up a tool, and still end up with a much lower grade than previously, reducing the value of the subject to the school. Some schools are now closing D&T departments entirely.

Others are taking the same route as my school is, and switching to "3D Design", a portfolio-based subject in a similar vein to Art; researching specific designers and then producing pieces on a given theme, influenced by the work of the designers.

There is no specific national curriculum we follow, schools tend to shop around to find an examination board with a course that matches the needs of the students, the equipment available, and the skill-set of the staff (hence the drift towards subjects like 3D Design):