Fashion and Textiles

Gumley House School


Fashion and Textiles

Fashion and Textiles

Head of Department:  Ms D McCann

At Gumley House we aim to equip students with the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding so should they choose to study Fashion and Textiles at GCSE and/or A Level they can do so with confidence, ability and success.

We deliver an exciting and creative curriculum that enthuses both students and staff equally.  Within this subject, students are highly successful and feel proud of their achievements.  Our Curriculum intent is a 7 year process. The way the curriculum is planned and delivered allows for students to be introduced to new skills in each year group, building on progress, skills and strengths as they progress through school.

We intend the students to revisit and recall the skills they learn via a spiral curriculum.  Students build positive relationships with fellow peers and members of staff through collaborative working, develop confidence and critical thinking with their making, technical skills and decision making.  We work very closely with the the staff within the art department, enabling students to build independence and learn how to solve problems and take risks when working with new equipment and materials.

From Year 7, Textiles is part of the creative technologies rotation where students create a Kimono style top which develops sewing machine use.  However, what we teach, why we teach it and when we teach it all contributes to the readiness of KS4 and 5; we want students to be able to start KS4 with the understanding of how to use a range of materials creatively and confidently, whilst also informing the direction and freedom of their projects through rigorous experimentation and design processes. We also encourage students to get involved in charity project work/after school club/trips offered throughout the year.  

The subject strongly links a wide number of other subjects including Maths (measuring tolerances/drafting patterns), English/Literacy/Oracy (researching and applying information/instructions etc), Science (properties of fabrics, digital printing, SMART materials, wearable electronics), History (development of fabrics/clothing and fashion through historic periods of time), Geography (sustainability, environmental impacts, links to other cultures and societies all over the world, Drama and Dance (costume and set design) and Engineering (use of equipment and machinery and having an understanding of how they work).

Each project allows students to experiment and explore different areas within Fashion and Textiles Design. Students are able to build their independence & confidence as they are introduced to new techniques and a wide range of materials and equipment.  These include practical methods including hand sewing skills and machine sewing practice - eg tie dye, fabric pens, hand applique, machine applique, free motion machine work, batik, weaving.  This is balanced with designing, oracy and written tasks, group work and research of wider world issues such as investigating the impact fast fashion is having on the environment.  

We encourage students to trial and experiment new techniques and work with different equipment and materials. We encourage students to ‘give it a go’ and instil a love of learning.  Learn how to design & make a wearable garment, the introduction to free motion machine embroidery, the development of study sheets on A3 paper and in sketchbooks that are creative, expressive and reflect individuality. We use subject matter that is challenging whilst supportive to students’ needs and encourage higher skill level and more advanced final outcomes.

Students are given the freedom within a project which enables them to develop their own compositions and designs in 2D and 3D. Teacher demonstrations lead to independent student work linked to an assessment criteria. Students are encouraged to develop their work in their own style taking influence from sampling techniques and artist/designer research leading to varied outcomes with an expressive and open approach. Students are shown different ways to use the technical skills taught and are given choices in the way they want to present their work leading to a range of final outcomes.

Creative Technologies (Textiles and Food) in Year 7

Subject Topics Covered:

  • Fashion & Textiles:  The Kimono Style Top Project
  • Food:   Family meals and Healthy eating.


Skills Developed:

  • Learn how to use a sewing machine to make a top in response to a fashion brief
  • Fashion design skills (mood board, fashion designing, decorative techniques
  • Food hygiene and key practical skills (knife skills, enrobing, bread making)
  • Healthy eating, function of ingredients.


Books and Resources used:

  • Google Classroom

Assessment is ongoing and at the end of the seven-week rotation.  Self-assessment and discussion with the teacher is used.

Types of Homework
Various: research, designing, extension tasks, decision making, written up notes, etc. 

Creative Technologies (Textiles and Food) in Year 8

Subject Topics Covered:

  • Fashion & Textiles:  The Shorts Project.
  • Food:  Family meals, Healthy eating and Food hygiene.


Skills Developed:

  • Building upon the basics covered in Year 7 – more complex tasks and/or introduction to new techniques and cuisines.
  • Researching sustainability in fashion and how fashion designers use recycling in their collections.
  • Responding to a brief to make a pair of shorts and upcycled t-shirt.
  • Investigating food science in common dishes.
  • Researching and planning a dish based on Mexican cuisine.


Books and Resources used:

  • Google Classroom

Assessment is ongoing and at the end of the seven-week rotation.  Self-assessment and discussion with the teacher is used.

Types of Homework
Various: research, designing, extension tasks, decision making, written up notes, etc. 

Textiles Technology in Year 9

This section is currently being updated to reflect our curriculum changes from September 2021  


Fashion and Textiles in Years 10 and 11 (BTEC)

Award:   BTEC Art and Design Practice (Fashion) Tech Award 
Exam Board:  Pearson Edexcel

What is the importance of studying Fashion and Textiles at KS4?
This qualification will offer you the opportunity to build the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you need to progress to further learning, and will also give you an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of fashion. You will explore some of the key areas within the creative industries, learning how to address the needs of clients by ensuring that your fashion work meets the requirements of a creative project brief.

What are the requirements when completing the non-examined assessment?
Assessors must ensure that evidence is authentic to a learner through setting valid assignments and supervising them during the assessment period. Assessors must take care not to provide direct input, instructions or specific feedback that may compromise authenticity.

What resources are available to use?
You will have the use of all equipment in the Fashion and Textiles workshop, including computerised sewing machines, sublimation printer and heat press.

What extracurricular activities will be available?
In the past we have had speakers from industry e.g. a designer from Sara Berman, fashion designer Jane Bowler, a buyer from Sainsbury’s clothing range, trips to the V&A Museum and a workshop at Kew gardens.

What is required of me when completing the course?
You need to demonstrate commitment to practical work because the distinguishing feature of this course is its practical nature. Equipment you will need includes a black fine liner, sketchbooks, a set of colouring pencils, fabric and materials for the projects.

How will I know if I would be successful at it?
You’ll enjoy this course if you: 

  • Enjoy fashion and researching new trends and fashion designers
  • Are self- motivated and well organised, and enjoy designing and making products
  • Want to develop a range of skills such as fabric and surface decoration techniques and garment construction techniques
  • Like fashion drawing and interpreting your designs and ideas on paper
  • Are prepared to work hard and meet deadlines

Achieving the Highest Grade
The Fashion and Textiles Department achieves consistently high grades. Internal assessment of 60% has been designed to relate to the achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning by ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.

What further study options are available?
The course provides excellent links into careers in fashion; designing for the stage; product design and the textile industry. It also links into further and higher educational courses including A Level Art and Design Textiles.

What careers could I consider?
Fashion Designer.  Fabric Designer.  Pattern Cutter.  Costume Designer.  Fashion Journalist.  Sportswear Designer.
Stylist.  Window Dresser.  Clothes Buyer.  Merchandiser.  Fashion Promotion.  Retail management, etc.

What are the aims of the course?
This exciting qualification in fashion has been developed for young learners who want to study textiles in a practical way. It has a practical, skills-based focus, developing the core skills needed to design and make fashion and textile products. It is equivalent to a GCSE qualification and will count towards performance tables. It is considered as equal to a GCSE in fulfilling the entry requirements for post 16 study. Year 9 will be concentrating on skills development. Year 10 and 11 will be working on the three assessed components.

How will I be assessed on the course? 
Component 1:  Generating Ideas in Art and Design (Fashion).  Internal assessment 30%

Component 2: Develop Practical Skills in Art and Design (Fashion).  Internal assessment 30%

Component 3: Responding to a Client Brief.  External assessment (40%)


Textiles at Sixth Form:

For more information on the content of Art & Design: Textiles at Key Stage 5, please visit our Sixth Form Course Guide.