What have they done? Why did they give the new D&T GCSE the green light? It looks like a Blue Peter sticky backed plastic throwback to the 1980’s. I had expected to see the subject finally move into the 21st century, but this... Looking at the assessment and maths&science table for the new 2017 D&T GCSE, there is likely to be hardly any meaningful technology, computing or CAD/CAM that pupils will be expected to understand and that’s nuts in a world increasingly filled with technology (and for that matter a single GCSE course called Design AND Technology). I mean where are the jobs opportunities or further study opportunities going to be for pupils studying the new D&T? How am I supposed to sell it to them at option time? Or convince parents or employers that it is a properly academic subject worthy of comparison with the eBacc subjects? Frankly, I’ve got no chance as it will be clear to everyone that it is a dumbed-down, hands-on hobby/craft course. My advice to anyone who is not close to retirement is to do what I am plannign, which is to look to teach something else in 2017 before it’s too late and D&T gets closed down for good.