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Essential Textiles Skills for GCSE D&T Product Design (Birmingham)

Textiles Skills Academy

Monday, 5 December 2016 from 09:30 to 12:00 (GMT)

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Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
Textiles in Practice 25 Registrations 4 Dec 2016 £185.00 £0.00 £37.00
Early Bird 25 Registrations 31 Oct 2016 £148.00 £8.63 £31.33

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A basic skills practical and relevant theory course where you will be able to develop your own classroom resource and learn easy to teach construction techniques.

The day is aimed at non-specialst D&T teachers, Art teachers and those textile teachers new to teaching to help gain new skills necessary to deliver GCSE D&T/Art & Textiles and A Level courses. 


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What you will do on the day:


Essential Practical Skills: Learn new skills and create your own construction sample resource.

  • Practical workshop – Hands on construction techniques.
  • Creating samples of key construction techniques to take back to the classroom
  • Useful teaching strategies, resources and websites.

  Construction Skills will include:

• Seams:  Open seam with edge finishes, mock overlocked, French, double stitched seam, curved seam,  

• Edge Finishes:  Narrow hem, faced hem, bound edge (using a bias strip).

• Components:   Putting in a zip. 


You will produce a resources file/display board of samples which can be used in the classroom.  There will be a display of simple products that can be made by students from the basic skills gained.  


Support for great lessons and improved exam performance:
Other features of the day include imput from GCSE exam board moderator Tracey Goodyere, giving support for great lesson ideas and schemes of work, turning Year 8/9 options around, improving exam performance and top tips for GCSE.

All delegates will receive access to a digital delegate folder with all the presentations, useful handouts and resources.



  • Classroom strategies and textile industry knowledge to underpin practical work.
  • Life long learning in continuing professional development.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice. 
  • Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.
  • Plan the future for the subject in your school with confidence.
  • Establish a vital position in the school for the subject contributing to wellbeing measures as well as academic one.



Tracey Goodyere imageTracey Goodyere Senior Lecturer Design & Technoloy PGCE; AQA Examiner
Tracey entered the teaching profession in 1997 following a successful career as a designer and manufacturer of wedding dresses and holding a BA qualification in carpet design and related Textiles. Whilst in secondary education sector she held responsibility for progression at Key Stage 4 in D&T, gained AST status and became an advisor for Birmingham LEA. She has presented at the DATA conferences on the implementation of electronic textiles into the KS3 and she is also an examiner for AQA for the GCSE Textiles Technology Examination at KS4. Tracey is about to embark on a doctorate in Education as part of her Higher Educational teacher training role.

Dawn Foxall - Textiles Skills Academy (Founder)Dawn Foxall (Textiles Teachers Skills Academy Founder) Design Consultant
Dawn has 30 years experience in the textiles and garment industry including design consultant, schools presenter and resources developer for EMTEX; Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK Universities and FE colleges; course presenter for DATA, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers. She is a co-founder of, where she managed design, buying and sourcing and continues to work with brands such as LUSH Soaps, sourcing ethical products.

All of these events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textile Teachers Academy uses Eventbrite to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a full VAT invoice/receipt.

PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on.

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Terms and conditions
1. Once booked, if you cannot come You can send someone else, but you may not get a refund unless we can resell your ticket
2. The draft programme might be subject to change. We would always endeavour to run the day as advertised.

Do you have questions about Essential Textiles Skills for GCSE D&T Product Design (Birmingham)? Contact Textiles Skills Academy

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When & Where

Birmingham City University
City North Campus
Perry Barr
B42 2SU Birmingham
United Kingdom

Monday, 5 December 2016 from 09:30 to 12:00 (GMT)

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Textiles Skills Academy

The Textiles Skills Academy brings together experienced education presenters and industry experts to deliver relevant seminars and practical workshops for Art and D&T textile teachers, to support their delivery of the curriculum.

The events are delivered by skilled teachers, trainers and industry practitioners to give an opportunity to develop classroom resources, learn new skills and network with fellow teachers.

Founded by Dawn Foxall in February 2015, the Textiles Skills Academy is now headed up by Dawn together with D&T Textiles Consultant Heidi Ambrose-Brown.


Dawn Foxall has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry as design consultant; presenter and resources developer for Schools for EMTEX; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; course presenter for The Design and Technology Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.

Dawn is a co-founder of the online ethical department store, where she manages design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand, working with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt and sourcing ethical and British made products and brands.


Heidi Ambrose-Brown worked in the textiles and fashion retail industry before training as a D&T teacher.  She has taught across all specialisms at KS3 and Textiles at KS4 & 5, including BTEC Art & Design: Textiles, and also on Embroidery City & Guilds courses. 

For the past 10 years, Heidi has worked as an independent D&T Textiles consultant running courses for teachers predominantly in the areas of CAD/CAM and e-textiles as well as an examiner for AQA.  She has worked closely with education suppliers to develop their equipment ranges and resources and also writes and delivers for the Design & Technology Association. 


Education experts working with Textiles Skills Academy include:
Louise Davies, Julie Boyd, Nicky Simpson, Julie Messenger, Kate Hufton and Tracey Goodyere. 


Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall

Dawn Foxall Founder Textiles Teachers Skills Academy

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