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Department Vision and Priorities

The experience of Technology in secondary schools should contribute to the development of the individual and should form part of their equipment for life. It is particularly important in today’s society, which is heavily dependent on technology and manufacturing products. Familiarity with the creation and properties of manufactured items and systems is important to both lay people and specialists alike. It should also be a significant part of education of all members of society, developing the qualities that will enable an individual to adapt successfully to today’s changing demands.



George Lewis (HOD) (Yr11 FT) Graphics and Resistant Materials

Bianca Wright (AST) Food

Jeffery Lastiotis (Yr9 YC) Food

William Plange-Rhule (Yr8 FT) Electronics and Resistant Materials

Joyce Maocha (Yr8 FT) Food and Textiles

Furnaz Ahmed (Yr9 FT) Graphics and Electronics

Sandra Houghton Resistant Materials and Textiles

Currently 2 technicians in food and 1 general technician that oversees maintenance and resources




Pupils at Cumberland school start Technology in Year 7 where they're introduced to a carousel system containing four of the five subjects on offer. Those subjects are Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food, Electronics and Textiles. In each carousel, pupils are taught a 10 week project exploring the particular subject area, and throughout the year each pupil develops skills in Research, Design and Make, Testing and Evaluation and Communication. The department monitors pupil progress through data analysis and moderation at the end of each carousel. Strategies can be put in place by the next member of staff to improve performance where needed. Year 8 pupils repeat the same carousel with projects linked to the GCSE programme of study.



In Yr9 pupils undergo a skills based curriculum focused on the relevant exam board. Pupils are expected to complete a variety of skills including CAD/CAM 3D design and complete a detailed prototype in preparation for coursework.


Year 10/ 11 Assessment

Coursework is marked using the exam board’s marking criteria, and all staff are expected to mark coursework and give regular feedback to pupils discussing how they can improve. Each pupil have a folder that contains their marking and feedback sheet and are expected to use this information to improve their work, the folder also serves as a document of progress. Pupils will have a progress sticker on their folders displaying their current mark grade minimum, target grade and predicted grade to help them be more autonomous concerning progress



  • Homework is set in accordance with the details scheduled in the scheme of work (1 ILP will be set in each 10 week carousel).
  • Homework/ILP takes many different forms: reading, writing, drawing, research / investigative work and completion and continuation of classwork.
  • Homework is assessable to all pupils and differentiated accordingly.
  • Members of staff mark and record all returned homework promptly.


KS4 Year 9/10/11

  • Pupils will be given every opportunity and encouragement to complete fortnightly homework.
  • Pupils will be expected to complete homework to a level appropriate for their ability (differentiated homework provided).
  • Staff will record pupil’s lack of completed homework and use the department detention procedure.
  • Staff will complete a fortnightly homework return (opportunity for peer assessment and group discussions) and four internal mock exams to monitor progress.
  • Pupils record homework on their top sheets and planners.






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