|24th April, 2012
Press Release from HME Technology Ltd
RED BULL BACKS HME's D&T CAMPAIGN
The man who helps Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber fly round a Formula 1 racetrack is backing HME Technology’s campaign to get the Government to think again about dropping design and technology from the national curriculum.
Adrian Newey OBE, chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing, has written to Martyn Hale, chairman of the Bromsgrove-based company, saying that both he and team manager Christian Horner fully support HME Technology’s campaign.
Mr Hale and his managing director Julian Davis are driving a campaign to counter a recommendation from an expert advisory panel that design and technology should no longer be a compulsory element of the national curriculum.
Adrian Newey wrote: “For most of us, if we stop and look around our homes and workplaces, it is obvious that technology defines much of who we are and what we do; from the clothes on our backs to the vehicles in which we travel; from the floor on which we walk to the equipment used to treat our ailments.
“All of these items needs to be designed and manufactured. Without a profound understanding of the science and technoology involved in producing and applying advanced machines and materials, none of this would be possible.
“It is easy to take for granted that we will automatically be surrounded by things that enable such ‘givens’ as instant global communications, high speed travel, efficient and durable clothing, and nutritional food.”
He pointed out that, like many other technology-driven organisations, Red Bull Racing relied on a steady stream of good young engineers and scientists.
“Should this flow be reduced in any way, or even stopped, the implications on our industry would be extremely detritmental,” he said.
“Since we share many technical disciplines with industry sectors like aerospace, automotive, defence, industrial chemistry and the production of medical and manufacturing technology, we must assume that research and development in these areas would decline as well.”
He said that the thought of Britain being anywhere but at the cutting edge of scientific and technological development doesn’t bear thinking about.
“This core competence is in our DNA and forms the foundation for our proud and much admired standing in the global marketplace.”
And he urged MPS and the Coalition Government: “Please don’t take these vital attributes for granted. Therefore, we urge you to retain the subject of Design & Technology on the secondary school curriculum.”
Martyn Hale said: “Not only are we delighted that Adrian Newey took the time to reply to our campaigning letter, but to have such forthright support is extremely encouraging.
“We hope that our MPs will also take note of such authorities as Sir Jackie Stewart who pointed out after the recent Bahrain Grand Prix that Red Bull, Lotus and McLaren Mercedes all benefitted from British engineering to keep them at the top.”
Mr Hale said they would be continuing to press the coalition Government to retain D&T in the national curriculum and recruiting more MPs and leading industrialists and designers to the cause.
“Every business across the country should be concerned about this proposal and to support the cause we would urge them to log on to www.believeindandt.org.uk
“On this website they can register their support and also locate their MP.
“If we all join together, we are confident we can focus the Government on ensuring D&T remains on the curriculum and at the same time expect the Education department to improve standards across all subjects,” he said.
And he has been backed by Richard Green, chief executive of the Design and Technology Association.
The D&T Association, which has been pushing the case for retention, said it was “extremely disappointed” at the downgrade.
It added: “The Association continues to stress the important contribution design and technology can and must make to the education of all pupils and, in particular, its ability to inspire children to follow careers in the important wealth creating sectors of business and industry.
“It is important to remember that this report is not statutory. The Government will be publishing its response to it and this will be followed by a period of statutory consultation. We are continuing our campaign and will gather and submit additional evidence as well as working with the creative, manufacturing and engineering industries to demonstrate the damage that will be done to pupils’ education and to the future economic prospects of the UK if design and technology were to be marginalised in this way.”
The Government will announce its proposed cfhanges in the next few weeks, and these will be implemented in schools in September 2014.