Attainment in Education

Expert Educational Resources to Improve Results in the STEM Subjects     

KS3 Level Descriptor Statements derived from New 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology and 9-1 GCSE Engineering

Schools use attainment criteria to facilitate the assessment of progress. However, the Secretary of State for education has disapplied the attainment criteria previously used for Key Stage 3 Design & Technology. This disapplication gives the opportunity to adopt new assessment criteria, which more accurately reflect the development of skills that will be assessed in GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology and GCSE 9-1 Engineering.


The following descriptor statements are based on the NEA assessment criteria in the new GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology specification and the new GCSE 9-1 Engineering specification. They were developed by a group of examiners for use in their own classrooms. They were not prepared by, and have not been approved by, any exam board.



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Key Stage 3 Design & Technology Progression Matrix

This is an Excel spreadsheet based tool to assist Design & Technology departments in ensuring that they are addressing all of the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study.


Every project or significant activity in Key Stage 3 Design & Technology should be evaluated to determine which areas of the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study (PoS) are being addressed. Across any Key Stage as a whole, learners should have the opportunity to address every area - this will normally be achieved by addressing different requirements across several different projects. This resource can be used to identify areas where action is needed to improve how well the PoS is addressed. 

Meeting Minutes Blank

A template for recording minutes and actions arising from department and faculty meetings.


Department/Faculty Meeting Minutes Blank

Star Charts

This Excel based tool provides star charts that can be used, for example, in Food Technology. The appropriate tab can be copied and edited into other work books as required. Simply click on the link below to download.


Start Charts Tool

New KS3 Programmes of Study for STEM Subjects with Letters

The documents below are copies of the new KS3 Programmes of Study for Maths, Science and D&T. They have been edited to replace the bullet points with letters for easier cross referencing with assessment structures and models. 


Maths KS3 PoS with Letters

Science KS3 PoS with Letters

D&T KS3 PoS with Letters