Design Engineering & Technology develops critical, independent and self-reflective learners. The ability to problem solve with empathy, creativity and enterprise is not only valued in the design, creative, technical, engineering and manufacturing fields. The very nature of technology is that it continues to develop via innovation, exploration and experimentation. Designing and making is crucial to transferring theoretical ideas to reality; understanding how materials perform and can be worked allows for continued development of solutions for the future. Every year new manufacturing processes are developed, technologies are discovered, materials designed. Design Engineering & Technology is an enabling subject, which expands and enhances core subjects, challenging theoretical thinking via active realisation and continual review and reflection, due to its very nature it builds bridges between academic learning and its usefulness, relevance and application to the world.