Design is a tool that can be used to solve tough problems and drive economic and social renewal. To help develop skills for the 21st century we support design teaching and experience in schools.
We partner secondary school students and teachers with experienced designers to tackle big issues such as reducing our environmental impact or enhancing quality of life for older adults. Here's how our Challenges work ...
The latest news from the Design Challenges for Schools team. Including:
Launch of Enrich: Local MP Diane Abbott today launched Enrich - the winning service design concept from the Keeping Connected Design Challenge.
Redefining design in schools: Is now the time to think about broader notions of design and architecture in schools? An article by Schools Programme Manager, Bel Reed.
As the UK government reviews the national curriculum and design technology’s status as a compulsory school subject, the Design & Technology Association, the James Dyson Foundation and industrial designers Seymourpowell have started a campaign to secure the future of design and technology education. The Design Council is supporting the campaign. Find out more about it
A 10 step guide to running a design workshop
Careers in design: the designer and beyond
A short film about 50 years of award winning British design
Design around the world: facts and information about design in other countries
Want to find out more about working with schools on design challenges? Contact Bel Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people and older adults were challenged to design new ways to keep connected.
Find out how they worked together to make this happen
We asked schools to design innovative new approaches to saving water.
Find out more about their great ideas
Year 8 pupils from across Cornwall were given the opportunity to make parts of their school more sustainable by working with designers on the Eco Design Challenge. They calculated the size of their school's ecological footprint, then designed ways to make it smaller.
Does the quality of your design and technology teaching deserve better recognition? Do you deserve a Design Mark?
We run open innovation Challenges for the design industry, because we know that when knotty challenges can’t be solved by business or government alone, design is the means to stimulate innovation, solve some of society’s problems, and grow the economy by creating new markets and business opportunities.
Find out more about Design Challenges for Industry
If you're interested in working with us, please contact Schools Programme Manager Bel Reed
We've worked with a range of partners running Design Challenges for Schools including:
Technology Strategy Board
Working with a Design Ambassador helps students to understand a designer’s role and gives them the unique opportunity to develop work-related skills.
Find out more about our Design Ambassadors
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