Entrepreneur Sir James Dyson has argued that engineering is not receiving adequate coverage in the Design & Technology curriculum. Too much time is given over to teaching “cookery, construction and horticulture”, he says.

He suggests that Education Secretary Michael Gove’s introduction of a tougher curriculum has put academic excellence “back in fashion”. However, the inventor feels that D&T lessons have been left out of the shake-up.

Teaching children practical science and maths in D&T classes is essential for training the next generation of engineers, he said. In order to combat the UK’s deficit of engineering graduates, the young should be taught “to invent as well as fix”.

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