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Sir James Dyson is the new Patron of the Design and Technology Association

Sir James Dyson, the staunchest of supporters of Design and Technology education, is the new Patron of the Design and Technology Association. Sir James decision to take on this role has been made after many years of informal support for the Association and its work. He explained, “I’ve always supported Design and Technology.  It’s a subject that allows young people to learn with their hands and their brains.  We’ll need these practical, problem solving people to address the challenges that face us.  So I’m delighted to become Patron of the Design and Technology Association.  I have been impressed by its dedication to the subject, and its leadership in making sure that young people get the chance to understand how exciting a career in design and engineering can be.  And I have valued the Association’s support and expertise in helping to shape the work that my charity, the James Dyson Foundation, does in schools across the UK. I look forward to being involved in further developments!”

 

Richard Green, Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association, said, “It is fantastic news that Sir James has agreed to take on this important role. With ongoing developments in primary, KS3 and 14-19, his commitment to the value of the subject and his advocacy of its importance in the education of all pupils will be a vital support in the Association’s work.”

 

In one his most recent interviews (The Times, 13th October 2009) Sir James pointed out that too often children are steered towards the arts, “Technology and design should be as prestigious as classics, it is a demanding subject. We dismiss it as being all about the tool shed, just using your hands. Models and pop stars are considered more successful ... Somehow we have driven everything that’s creative and risky out of our school system so it becomes about people learning things from facts rather than experimenting.” Richard commented, “We recognise the challenges facing the subject and we look forward to working with Sir James and his Foundation in building support for teachers, developing a design and technology curriculum that is modern, engaging, challenging and relevant to the lives of all pupils, and promoting that to ministers, businesses, universities, headteachers and parents. We will keep our members updated about these important developments over the coming months via our website, D&T Stream and publications.”

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19 Jan 2010

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