Website Background

This website has evolved over many years, and it is still evolving.

It was originally a school-site based site, set up at a secondary comprehensive school, based just north of London. Its intention was to support students and parents in their work at all stages of their Design and Technology experience.

This site is mainly focused upon design, design projects and design theory, materials that can be used and taught in schools.

Although there are some material theory elements, there are many excellent sites that are already delivering this area, so there is no real need for me to repeat it.

These sites are on the ‘Useful Websites and Additional Information – Educational-Support Websites’ tab. If you know of anymore please email their details

However, upon retirement I decided to continue with the site and do all those things I never got round to doing. I feel it still has much to offer schools in supporting Design in the curriculum

Website Designer Background: Peter Jones M.Sc, B.Ed

I have taught in a range of secondary comprehensive schools in London and the south east for nearly 40years, until my retirement in 2018. In my last post, I was a Head of Faculty for a large team in the creative fields, including engineering, art and photography. I was also an associate headteacher. I have also been an A level and AS coursework moderator, as well as GCSE coursework moderator and team leader for a number of years. I am also was a member of DATA and was a trustee for a number of years as well as a previous member of the Secondary Advisory Group.

But most of my focus was the development of BTEC Design, using Architecture and Design and the Built Environment as its delivery method. This involved developing a course which had to get approval from the examination board with cross-referencing the work to both the specification and design and technology. This course was upheld as a good example by the examination board and schools were referred by them to see how it worked.

Meeting a True Design Hero – George Clarke

George Clarke, architect and presenter

George made a presentation at Imperial College in London (April 2017) to teachers and students alike, about his work and views on Architecture and Urban design, and the importance of the built environment in our lives. This was part of the Design & Technology Association’s ‘D&T Futures’ series of lectures.

George Clarke is a British architect, television presenter, lecturer and writer, best known for his work on the Channel 4 programmes The Home Show, The Restoration Man and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

If you need to contact us, the site’s email is:

inspirationindesign@virginmedia.com

INFORMATION – Logging into the secure areas

This does seem to be a bit of a problem with some web browsers. To access the secure areas, type in the password and follow what happens. When the screen goes blank and nothing appears to be happening, re-open the site on a new tab or refresh, and hopefully it would have unlocked the areas. If it becomes too much of a problem, contact me and I will remove the password restrictions for you. Contact me on the email above if you need the password.

INFORMATION – Final Note

The resources on this website have been developed over many, many years of teaching, from a wide variety of sources, inputs and contacts. As a result, I am not completely sure where some of the items come from, as well as the issue of copyright for certain elements. So, if you recognise any elements which you may own, I fully apologise. Just contact me and I will remove them immediately, unless you give us permission to share them.

Nothing on this site is done for profit or financial gain, it is done for the love of the subject and we do not wish to offend anyone. We only wish to support, encourage and help students and teachers undertaking Design in schools and colleges. We do respect copyright and intellectual property, so don’t hesitate to contact us at the email above if you have any concerns or wish to make a request.

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