The Design and Technology and Food faculty is committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. One which allows students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. Learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Students are problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The faculty firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes.
All teaching staff understand the importance of our pedagogical approach. The faculty has a culture of promoting positive learning and a drive to constantly improve our own practices. Staff hold the values of caring for students and getting to know them. Staff are led by the ‘St Bede’s Way’ and constantly use praise and rewards as well as sanctioning.
Staff work continuously towards the vision through purposeful tasks towards short, medium and long term goals. The faculty is well respected throughout the college and city and is observed as sector leading in many areas.