top of page

Delivering to students on Design Day


Many of you are experienced with talking and sharing with students, but for those who are not, I hope this page helps.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself, Clare or Stacey for further advice



The day is centered around ​inspiring, opening up new thinking, sharing your expertise and letting them see the possibilities and opportunities in the many design and business fields that exist.​​


Keep directed oral presenting to 20 minutes maximum in duration between breaking to an activity, unless the presentation is interactive and allows students to be active participants.

Students LOVE a practical activity. This really makes the sessions for them come alive.



Bring in any physical products as well as images of the things that you have designed or worked on to show the students.

​Contextualise, localise and make relevant what you are saying to the students lives.
Be aware that terminology​ you use as part of your daily design and business language the students may not understand.


The students


Your group may contain a mix of students, boys and girls aged 15- 17, some that have already committed to a future pathway in design and some that are considering.

Some students may be quiet and not always forth coming, but like adults we all have different personalities and need to get to know someone and build trust and confidence first.

Nearly all of our students have very good speaking and listening skills in English but for those that haven't, try and be clear and be prepared to rephrase with simpler vocabulary.


What could you talk about/ present/ share?


Share your latest project/ portfolio

Your journey to date

Top tips for the future

What you wish you knew at that age

What is happening in your industry/ sector

previous activities delivered


See what other innovative and exciting activities have been shred in the past



This is only guidance, certainly not a mandate, there is no expectation for you to be a teacher at the event.  IT'S PROBABLY THE LAST THING THEY WANT!

The day is a super chilled and informal event where you get to share about what you do and your passions. This is exciting for the students, meeting professionals in the fields they may want a career in. So cast your mind back to what it was like for you.

Activities, video's, pictures, question and answering are a great way to share your thoughts and work. Group or paired work is another method of getting students to interact. In the past some of the presenters do discussion and designing, some have the students create on their computers, some share through PowerPoints, some tell stories, some look a relevant videos for discussion. 

Plan out what you want to do and how best works for you and the students.


Think about what you want them to leave your session with, an idea, a vision, an understanding, a thirst for more.


Ask the students to challenge you if you wish, what questions could they ask you?

Design at ESF


There are many different schools in attendance who roughly ​follow a similar ​Design Cycle.


​Students explore many types of Design and Technologies in our schools.

Graphic Design


Digital Design

Resistant materials

Food Technology​


Product Design


​Most students have access to a laptop that will have Sketch Up

and some other CAD progs such as illustrator​, maybe Fusion.

Please ask/ check if you have a special requirement for your session.

Advance notice is appreciated.







Please aim to arrive with enough time to set up before the welcome address at TBA

If you have to cancel for any reason please give us as much notice as possible. This day sees over 200 students in attendance and trying to reorganise them in to new sessions last minute is very challenging and peaks the stress levels in the organisers! :-)


Please sign in at reception and collect a visitors badge.

Clare, Stacey and Boyd will be in the PAC to meet with you.


                                                                                                                                        Click on to see the campus map



Your space will be available when you arrive, chairs, tables and requested equipment. 

Lunch is provided and additionally, there is a cafe on campus. 

Boyd will be on the school campus from 8:00 am. 


To contact call:  Boyd 



Any further questions then do not hesitate to give us a shout.


bottom of page