What makes us unique?
Design for all
Design and Technology forms one of the core subjects here at Shireland. We prepare our students with the transferable skills needed to be successful, well-rounded members of society. We break down our curriculum to support our learners with the skills and knowledge they need to see the world beyond the classroom and become part of the exciting developments that exist within the world of work.
In 2017 the Confederation of British Industry identified a perfect storm, with people entering the workplace lacking essential science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, this was reaffirmed in 2021 as we entered a post-pandemic UK. Knowing that we have a labour market lacking in these skills, and the potential to build a unique opportunity here at Shireland, we established ‘Design for all’ whereby all our students take a qualification in Product Design at GCSE. We are always expanding and looking to develop our incredible links with external institutions. In the last year alone, we have continued to develop working relationships with Highways England, Trend, HME and Birmingham City University; providing our students with real life experimental learning opportunities that go way beyond the classroom setting.