This paper, for NSEAD members, will help trainees, teachers, subject leaders and senior management teams better understand the distinctiveness of art and design and D&T. The paper is in the form of a presentation which explains that both subjects are complementary, that they are not an alternative to each other and that the study of one does not replace the other.
Since the introduction of a slimmed down art and design national curriculum in 2014, NSEAD has provided resources to help our members make explicit the requirements of a broad and balanced art, craft and design curriculum. Our much used parallel curriculum and assessment and progression materials are two examples. However, the consequences of government policies in education, to include funding cuts and school performance measures, have resulted in some members indicating that their schools have attempted to merge, art & design with D&T. In 2016 at The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education, we first reported on the implications of such mergers.