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Bangkok Patana School Awarded the Design Mark
By Emma Goligher 14-Oct-14
Bangkok Patana School is the first school in Thailand to have been awarded The Design Mark in recognition of its excellence in teaching design. This quality standards framework was developed by the UK Government's Department for Education, The Design Council, and the Design & Technology Association. As a Design Mark holder, the school joins an elite list of only 51 other schools in the world, and just two outside of the UK, that are delivering the very best design education to their students. Richard Smith, Head of the Design and Technology Faculty, explains more. “The inspiration behind the school’s application came from attending the first International Design and Technology Conference in Southeast Asia in 2012. I immediately recognized that the work we do at Bangkok Patana was worthy of this aspirational recognition and status. The process has spanned just over 18 months and has involved the members of the faculty evaluating our provision for, and practice in, design education in order to meet the criteria of the quality standards framework.” The school’s application was scrutinized by two independent moderators, one of whom commented “I think it is the best application I have seen. You should be really proud of the work you and your team are producing; simply outstanding.” The attainment of The Design Mark reflects the strong design ethos embedded throughout the school, where design has been skilfully used to create an atmosphere that promotes learning. It also recognizes the innovative practice undertaken by the faculty, such as working with industry leaders to make potential design scenarios real and its commitment to sharing good practice locally within Thailand and throughout the region. This excellence in design teaching is also reflected through the outstanding 2014 (I)GCSE results for Design & Technology, with 50 percent of Bangkok Patana candidates receiving an A*, and a further 29 percent achieving an A grade.
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