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On this page you will find articles that have previously appeared on the home page.

23 February 2019 - Safety Alert from HSE. Click HERE for new information regarding welding mild steel, especially if you don't have LEV.

24 January 2019 - Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton have a Harrison Graduate Lathe (3 phase) for sale.  If interested please contact Chris Steele, DT Technician, at Norton Hill School on 01761 412557 

3 December 2018 - I called into K&M (the yellow catalogue) today and was told their ordering website is now on-line. 
The address is
I have not used it myself yet. 


8 Feb 2018 - The two images below are from the BBC programme 'Money for Nothing'.  A cutting disc being used with the guard removed.  A circular saw with riving knife and crown guard removed.


I complained to the BBC and they have replied.

We appreciate your concern and raised this with the production team again.  They have reassured us that going forward they will endeavour to show and make our audience aware of all best practices.

If you watch the programme - see what you can spot.

16 September 2017 - Frome College D&T Exhibition 2017. Click HERE for a presentation.  I was impressed with the quality of the projects. If you have any comments or queries about the projects you can contact Jill Hiron at jill.hiron@fromecollege.org

The Flying Scotsman : British Engineering still at the top 90 years after it was first made. It's why we need D&T.  Steaming into Levisham on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. (PS The date is wrong on the videp clip)

 Click on image

11May 2017 - What happens if you don't have a regular maintenance programme.  Click HERE to see what came out of a circular saw, and click HERE to see the total amount. 

3 March 2017 - London council fined after school injury  - Click HERE, read and pass on to all our colleagues to highlight the importance of training and maintenance procedures.

10 Feb 2017 - There seems to be a problem downloading 2D Design files from my website.  If you would like any of the 2D Design files on my website please e-mail me and I will send them to you while I try to resolve the problem.

1 Feb 2017 - Pen making - You can buy 10 pen sets from Stiles and Bates. £2.70 each, 10% discount if you buy more than 10 but £4.90 postage.  Axminster only sell boxes of 100, much more expensive if you are just starting out.

12 April 2015 - Do you need a project for BTEC Engineering that covers a lot of skills?  Check the Teaching Resources page; click on BTEC.

17 Nov 2014 - Click HERE for the latest H&S courses leaflet from DATA.  Everything you wanted to know about training but were afraid to ask.

29 Sept 2014 - BS4163:2014 has arrived.  Click HERE to go to DATA shop.  Yes you do need a copy, it should last 7 years so less than £8.30 a year to stay up to date.

4 August 2014 - ClicK HERE for an article in the Sunday Express this week about compensation paid out in school accidents.  Guess what - DT doesn't get a mention, unless a child being cut with a tape measure counts.  (We don't generally use tape measures in DT departments)  Let's keep it that way.

15 June 2014 - I was asked again last week about using MDF.  Click HERE for HSE guidance.  Worth reading as there is a lot of mis-information about.  e.g. HSE is not aware of any country where MDF has been banned, so the old chestnut about being banned in the US would not appear to be true.  I would still try to avoid using it though.

8 April 2014 - Just spotted this one. School fined £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,258.50.  Student injured when stack of timber left in foyer falls on ankle.  Click
HERE for more details.  Importance of putting deliveries away quickly, avoids tripping hazards etc.

8 June 2013 - Just a reminder now summer seems to have arrived about making a barbeque out of an oil drum - Click HERE

30 April 2013 - Accident on a sanding disc machine - school fined £3500 plus £5000 costs.Compensation still to be agreed.  Click HERE  for details.

16 Nov 2012 - Why not to clear shavings away from a planing machine whilst it is still revolving. Click