Primary Design and Technology Leader recognised at the 22nd Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards, sponsored by CREATE Education

On the 14th of October 2022, CREATE Education were delighted to sponsor the ‘Excellence Award for Outstanding Primary Subject Leadership’ Award as part of the 22nd Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards. This is an annual dinner event held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, situated on the banks of the Thames in London.
The Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards started in 1999 by the Design and Technology Association Trustees. The Awards recognise the commitment and achievements of teachers, teacher trainers, education consultants and academics across primary and secondary schools and further and higher education. Nominated and voted for by their colleagues or tutors, the Design and Technology Association’s Excellence Awards is open to their members and non-members nationally and internationally.
To celebrate the reach of the subject, The Design and Technology Association have created 12 revised categories this year, including,

  • Industry engagement
  • D&T support staff
  • Educational research

all vital components of design and technology are worth individual praise.

The Design and Technology Association also had special awards for pupils at different stages of their development, as they also deserve recognition and motivation to continue fulfilling their academic journey. 

This was the 22nd Excellence Awards ceremony and it was presented by Tony Ryan, CEO and Bill Williams, Chair of the Design and Technology Association. 

Emma Hudson, Outwood Primary Academy, Wakefield, was the proud recipient of the CREATE Education sponsored award for her outstanding subject leadership in the Primary sector. 

Tony Ryan, CEO of the Design and Technology Association, recognised Emma’s achievement, saying: 

“Emma is to be congratulated on her well-deserved award and celebrated for going above and beyond what might be expected in her contributions to supporting the subject of design and technology.  We know that employers across the advanced manufacturing and creative industries are already concerned about the real shortage of engineers and designers, and we need more people like Emma to inspire future generations of young people.”

James Bajcer, Head of Development, presented the award on behalf of CREATE Education. 

He said “It’s been an honour and privilege for CREATE Education to sponsor an Award and be part of such a special evening showcasing the amazing efforts of teachers through design and technology. It has been fantastic to hear of the inspirational stories of teachers going above and beyond and creating inspirational and motivational opportunities for pupils, as well as hearing first hand from young people who are so excited by design and technology and are really pushing the subject forwards. 

The achievements that Emma has shown have been amazing to help improve the quality of teaching and learning of design and technology for the school and pupils. We know just how important the subject is to help inspire and develop the skills of our next generation of makers. Sadly the number of young people taking design or engineering subjects is in decline, which is leaving us with a skills gap. In speaking with our industry partners, we know 3D design and additive manufacturing skills are increasingly being used across many industry sectors and this is why it is our mission to work with the education sector and help play our role in developing the skills and interest to fill that gap.” 

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