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The Sinclair Consultancy works with leading education and training bodies to provide specialist training in Design and Technology - Textile Technology, and ICT from Key Stage 3 to post 16, and Professional training to teachers.

The Sinclair Consultancy also offers bespoke training covering all aspects of textiles and curriculum activities.

Current Publications Available:

New Publications due in 2011 - announcements in the new year

Just 4 Textiles : a textiles magazine for teachers; to get your copy see Just4Textiles

January 2006

  • GSCE Technology for AQA- Textiles Technology

This brand new course for AQA GCSE Textiles Technology gives your students  the best chance of success in their exams. The full-colour Student Book and accompanying Teacher's Resource File with CD-ROM are packed with fresh, modern resources and up-to-date information about the very latest technologies.

Teacher Evaluation Pack   ISBN 0435413546

Student Workbook            ISBN 043541349X

Teacher's Resource file   ISBN 0435413503


Current Publications- New Updated Edition now released

  • The Essentials of GCSE for Textiles Technology-
    The Essential of GCSE for Textiles Technology –Student workbook

    An essential book on the list that supports pupils, with book a text book and the essential student workbook covering specifications for all major exam boards.
    Text book in full colour 96 pages
    Student workbook in black and white
    For more details and to order your copies visit
  • Skills in Textiles Technology -- supporting teaching of textiles at Key Stage 3.Pupil book and Teachers Resources pack Published by Heinemann Books.
  • ICT Activities for Textiles -- supporting the teaching of Textiles with Information Technology. Suitable for Key Stage 3 and 4 and provides a good foundation for AS level candidates. Published by Heinemann Books.


The Sinclair Consultancy offers bespoke training courses in Textiles and ICT to Education institutions. We also offer training for designers and Design companies. We are able to offer and develop long term training programmes, as well as providing support by Fax, Phone and Email. Contact us to see how we can help you and your staff.

Training courses fill up fast - see below for details and dates. For your own bespoke Textile Training courses please contact us stating your requirements.

Textile Training Courses -2011

SpeedStep - Textiles Teachers Accreditated Training Course

Each course is of 2 day duration

Cost is £399.00 + Vat

Course Code: SS/RPS/AT-02  -Tues 25th Jan and Wed 2nd Feb 2011

Course Code: SS/RPS/AT-04  -Sat 29th and Sat 5th Feb 2011

Course Code: SS/RPS/AT-05   - Sat 5th and Sat 19th March 2011

All courses take place at our training studio in Beckenham, Kent

Courses for Freelance designers and Design Companies by appointment Only

For more information or details to to join the mailing list Contact us OR to download booking form, Click here (Downloadable PDF) then fax to Sinclair consultancy on F: 020 8658 0134


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Have you already done the Speedstep Training then look at the new software Interactive Design - have online videos and templates to help you teach and also learn the software see for more information. 


Speedstep Accredited Teachers course using Unique Fashion and Textiles Software goes Global
This has been an exciting few years for Sinclair Consultancy, being involved in a new project training teachers and working with students using fashion and textiles software.

Jan 2002 – Project is launched with first training taking place at the National training Centre at Goldsmith College London.

Jan 2003 – Invitation to lauch project in Australia. Working with Louise Duvernet from Strathfield University the first Speedstep training takes place.

Feb 2004 - Hong Kong- Speedstep training for teachers English Schools Foundation – Rose Sinclair joined by Louise Duvernet work with 10 textiles teachers from English Schools Foundation.

If you want to be part of this successful training programme we are able to offer teachers Speedstep Accreditated Training programme to all UK Teachers or Schools, also offered to all International schools following UK Curriculum. The training is offered under the CAD/CAM In Schools Initiative. For further details about the CAD/CAM Initiative see For futher details about the Speedstep Pro 2000 software see

Sinclair Consultancy in Hong Kong –Feb 2004
In February 2004- Sinclair Consultancy undertook its first textiles CAD/CAM training with the English Schools Foundation in Hong at the King George V school in Kowlooon. The week long training session focussed on the following

  • Speedstep Textiles/Fashion Software Training
  • Use of Digital Printing
  • Use of ICT in Design and Technology Textiles
  • Methods of teaching the software
  • Developing skills
  • Using support material

Sinclair Consultancy in Cornwall April and May 2004
In April and May 2004 Rose Sinclair worked with teachers in Cornwall at the Design and Make Centre. The 4 days were action packed.

Days 1-3 focussed on the Speedstep Accreditated Teachers training course, participants were engaged in design from the start go. Teachers engaged in the training and were able to use the enjoy using the software as well as thinking about how they can use the software in the classroom.

Day 4 – Doing the Digital. Getting to Grips with Digital printing. The teachers were able to take all the training on days 1-3 and transfer that experince to digital printing using the Epson 3000 and Epson 1290 printer with specially adapted textiles inks and use heat presses. Creating samples that can be used in the classroom as well as experimenting on products from lingerie to football shirts.

For more details on courses at the Designing and Making Centre (DMC) go to


May 2004
Rose Sinclair takes part in On-line Design and Technology Inset May 2004

Rose Sinclair was the Textiles expert asked to take part in the on-line inset programme developed by DATA and BECTA
The on-line inset was live over a period of 4 days and teachers and consultants alike were asked to take part in this exciting new development in engaging in on-line discussion about the key issues in Design and Technology

To see the results and for further details visit;-


April 2004 –Designing our Future Textiles Conference Umist Manchester
Rose Sinclair presents paper with Dr Julia Gaimster of University of the Arts London, presents a paper at major textiles conference that looks at Textiles Teaching and the impact of new technology across Higher Education and Schools in the UK. The confernce was organised by the Textile Institute for more details of Textile Institute events go to

May 2004- Speedstep Presentation to London Section of Textiles Institute – University of the Arts
Rose Sinclair was privileged to do a presentation to the London Section of the Textiles Institute which looked at a unique project. The CAD/CAM Inititive enables teachers and students to have access to Industry standard Fashion and Textiles software. Rose Sinclair was able to present an update about the project, as well as display work that was being undertaken by students from Key stage 3 to A level. The presentation ended with questions and on a positive note with the fact that we were teaching students future skills.

Sinclair Consultancy in Jersey –June 2004
Doing the Digital.
Working with Jersey school for Girls – Rose Sinclair and Emma Lawler worked with teachers exploring Digital Printing and using the Heat press.
Exploration of a range of printing techniques using a digital heat press.
Final event of the day a presentation to teachers of the Speedstep Pro 2000 software and time for teachers to have a go at Digital printing onto all different types of fabrics.

March 2004 - Ask the Expert, Rose Sinclair – Sinclair Consultancy takes part in Ask the Expert
For the month of March Rose Sinclair was asked to participate in Ask the Expert. With her background in Textiles and Fashion Rose was able to answer all the queiries put to her, from computerised sewing machines to using ICT in textiles. To see the results go to the Becta Website If you would like some advice or need to ask the expert then please Contact us.


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