I have just been informed that one of the teachers (including myself an NQT) from the Design and Technology Department will be made redundant. This has come as a massive shock as I only recently took on my post last June following an interview for the post of DT teacher advertised on TES the same month. The Head called an afterschool meeting and explained that each of us will be required to fill in a skills audit prior to a ten day consultation occurring between himself and governors. What they are looking for from the skills audit he claimed depends on the needs they decide are most important to the department / its future. No longer keeping DT as a compulsory GCSE next year has led to year 9 options resulting in singling out large amounts of surplus future DT curriculum hours. More than a full time DT teacher's role in fact. HOWEVER I am bewildered to the fact that the department felt it acceptable to employ 3 permanent contract NQT staff for this academic year. Surely the Head was aware of an inevitable drastic drop in future DT students given the fact that it would no longer be a compulsory GCSE? Should they not have advertised 1 year contracts? Have I been misadvertised my post? The baccalaureate was announced well before the hiring of myself and two other DT NQT staff last summer. I am unclear of where I stand or if I can fight this (which I would most definitely like to) and never really anticipated anything like this would happen to me. I don't really think there is anything I can do, but to perform well and prepare to play all my trump cards come the 'audit' (Which is going to be hard considering the RM/Graphics teachers that also teach Food and Textiles) GUIDANCE PLEASE!??