Being a Designer

To become a Designer, the Curriculum at St Paul’s will help learners develop the following characteristics:


• Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
• An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
• The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
• The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
• A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
• The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
• The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
• A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems. 

To develop these characteristics they will explore the following key concepts:

  • Master practical skills- This concept involves developing the skills needed to make high quality products (we have highlighted a range of skills but they may be added to or changed as appropriate for your school).
  • Design, make, evaluate and improve- This concept involves developing the process of design thinking and seeing design as a process.
  • Take inspiration from design throughout history- This concept involves appreciating the design process that has influenced the products we use in everyday life.