Why diversity is important
Diversity within design and technology is essential: our creative ideas are drawn from our collective experiences as we create, reflect on and refine our design solutions.
People from different identity groups are able to make contributions from different life experiences and so together we can produce more original and creative responses to design challenges.
The current situation with exam boards:
The AQA, OCR, Edexcel and WJEC/Eduqas exam boards do not champion this approach in their specifications for Design and Technology at GCSE.
Design role models who do not identify as white or male are underrepresented in the specifications.
What's the plan?
By working with the community of teachers, I hope that we can co-create a diverse list of designers and design lead businesses to put forward in a proposal to the exam boards.
Designers in the current exam board specifications
Charles Rennie Macintosh
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Sir Alec Issigonis
AQA Design Businesses
Pearson / Edexcel
WJEC / Educas