One of the delights of Christmas is being able to trawl through interesting websites. Just been looking at DATA's compiled figures for full course GCSE entries for 2011 and they seem very scary to me. Everyone has been going on about falling numbers but are you aware how bad it is? Since 2008 the entries have dropped by 73,000 candidates. That seems a pretty big number to me. Back in 2008 OCR had a total d&t entry just slightly more than this. In 2011 OCR, Edexcel and WJEC combined have a total entry of less than this number. I would be less concerned if this drop was being soaked up by diplomas (only 4,000 in total in vaguely d&t related areas) or double award GCSEs (less than 4,000 in total). Does anyone know where these kids are going? I cannot believe that the total numbers of 16 year olds are dropping by that much nationally as in our area they are building schools left right and centre for our growing population. Can anyone tell me what the overall GCSE entry is and is anyone mapping where these kids are choosing to go. Before we start to worry about Mr Gove and E-bacs etc. we appear to already have a major issue on our hands.