Expertise

Tim has over thirty five years experience working with students, teachers and school managers and is available to help schools plan and deliver exciting and challenging courses to inspire our future designers and engineers.

Challenging all abilities – Thorough planning and differentiated resources are two strategies that can ensure children of all abilities are challenged in mixed ability groups. Working with Arkwright Scholars, Tim has used strategies to quantify performance when testing prototypes to inform design improvements.

Curriculum – Tim has developed curriculum projects and materials for electronics, engineering, graphics, product design, resistant materials and systems and control. The Scalextric4Schools Challenge is one example developed in partnership with Hornby Hobbies and software reseller Root Solutions. Launched in the UK in 2009, the challenge has expanded across North America, Australia, Russia, Singapore and the Philippines.

Design – Design development is an holistic, iterative process clearly described by the APU spiral diagram showing the Interaction between action and thinking. A key focus of Tim’s work has been developing design capability and autonomy in students.

Digital design & manufacture – Over the last three decades Tim has worked with a number of computer aided design and manufacture (CAD CAM) systems and visited cutting edge companies including Aston Martin Racing, Caterpillar and Vax.

Engineering – Originally a hands-on process with many physical prototypes, product development increasingly uses 3D models to develop the form, function, manufacturing, assembly, operation and recycling of new products. The 3D model has become the core element of all functions in a company and similar strategies can be be used in schools to develop student’s awareness and inspire those who are considering roles in engineering and design.

Integration of technologies – Embedded control systems can be found in more and more products, increasing their usefulness and widening the range of features they provide. Many of the projects Tim has developed involve the integration of mechanical and electronic systems into products.

IT in Design and Technology – There has always been a close relationship between IT and design & technology.  The move towards programming presents opportunities for collaboration where more complex control systems can bring D&T projects to life.

Learning and teaching – In his roles within Staffordshire LA Tim was responsible for all aspects of D&T in over fifty secondary schools. During that time he piloted the DfES, KS3 National Strategy for the Teaching of Design in D&T and gained a clear insight into many different strategies for supporting learning.

Monitoring standards – As a LA adviser and Ofsted subject inspector for D&T and IT, Tim has extensive experience of subject leadership within a school management setting and the key role monitoring plays in development planning,

Product development – Historically individuals were at the forefront of developing new products and iconic designs.  Modern product development is carried out by specialists working in teams often spread across multiple sites in different continents and time zones. Giving students the opportunity to take on specific roles in teams is important for developing their awareness as well as the soft skills that are sought by employers.

Quality manufacture – The media would have us believe 3D printing can ‘make anything at the press of a button’ but the reality is very different. All manufacturing processes and materials have their strengths and limitations and effective design and engineering needs to balance working with materials by hand with the precision and repeatability provided by digital manufacture.

STEM curriculum projects – Whenever students are choosing or working with materials or manufacturing processes their decisions should be based on an understanding of properties and costs.  Giving students opportunities to quantify performance is central to this.  Working with colleagues in Science and Mathematics Tim has developed a range of materials based on green energy using 3D modelling to predict performance and optimise designs.  Students carry out tests on desktop models making a series of design changes to improve efficiency.

Strategic planning – Using his experience as a subject leader, LA Advisor and Ofsted Inspector Tim is happy to work with schools managers, subject leaders and staff to improve all aspects of provision in design and technology.

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