The Designing and Making Educational Trust

The Designing and Making Educational Trust

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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The Designing and Making Educational Trust (DesignEd) has been established  to provide a wide range of both in-school and out-of-school educational activities, with the overall strategic aim of developing individual capabilities, competencies, skills and understanding of designing and making. We are a small charity operating in West London, working largely with Primary Schools and their pupils as well as young disabled people and Community Groups.


D&T is an important component of the National Curriculum; however, with the pressures of league tables and financial austerity, many schools are struggling to provide pupils with their Design & Technology entitlement. This means that children who are interested in Designing and Making are often unable to explore that interest. We find that some children who can struggle with the traditional academic subjects can often excel at working in a more creative way and our workshops allow children to explore this creativity over several days guided and supported by professional product designers. We find the creative process, as well as being enjoyable, leads to increased self-esteem and supports well-being. Children learn to work in teams and independently, using tools and processes that are new to them and this in turn expands their horizons. Our young designers will also speak with the children about careers in design and we find this is very inspiring for the students.


We run Design Days and Design Camps:

Design Days

A Design Day is a package of services offered to individual Primary Schools as part of their Design & Technology curriculum. It comprises a Teacher's Guide, two CPD sessions with class teachers to 'tune' the Schemes of Work to their current topics, and finally the resourcing, staffing and delivery of the Design Day itself. Recently we have also  run Design Days for disabled your adults from the charity Action on Disability.

Design Camps

Design Camps are 5-day or 3-day workshop-based holiday activities aimed at children from ages 9 - 13. Parents pay a fee for the children to attend Camp, where they design and make a substantial product, more ambitious than anything that they could tackle at school or at home.

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