Why the Design Mark?
The Design Mark is required both to reward and inspire schools for the excellence of their design teaching. In High-level Skills for Higher Value, the Design Skills Advisory Panel pointed to the excellent basis of design education in UK schools through the National Curriculum subject of Design and Technology (D&T), and indeed the popularity of D&T among pupils.
The Design Mark aims to identify and reward primary and secondary schools that are delivering high quality design education to their pupils. The outcomes of the Design Mark are:
- To promote higher standards in the quality of design education
- To help schools and pupils better understand the wider role of design in society
- For schools to develop closer links with professional design practice
- To raise the status of design in schools and local communities
- To provide schools with a framework to help them evaluate and self-review standards and practice.