The Digital Design and Technology Programme aims to develop a coherent support programme for teachers involved with CAD/CAM and ECT which reflects the changing requirements of both the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and the STEM Agenda.
The network of regional support centres are key in providing this support. These centres have been developed out of recognition that the teacher training offered by this programme needs to be flexible to allow the training needs to be identified, planned and provided in modules dependent on local demands.
There are currently 34 support centres based within the nine government regions: North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, East Midlands, West Midlands, London, East of England, South East and the South West and include partnerships between EBP's, STEM Teams, HEI's, ECT and CAD/CAM Accredited Trainers and lead practitioners. Some of these centres focus on electronics, some on CAD/CAM and some offer both.
The key aim of the support centres is to identify the needs of local teachers and provide ongoing support to encourage teachers and schools offering electronics and product design in the design and technology curriculum. Many support centres also provide a wide range of consultancy support to individual schools and teachers as a result of relationships built up through other activities.