I believe that Edexcel are pushing all ex-DiDA centres towards their GCSE. It is remarkably similar in so many way - coursework is set via an SPB, work is assessed on screen and then submitted electronically, you can be approved via OSCA, etc, etc. In fact the only real difference is that there's also an exam to contend with. I like the Nationals, not because of any perceived "easiness" but becuase of the massive choice of modules to choose from, the way it's moderated and how much my students enjoy it. They virtually doubled the amount of work needed for GCSE equivalence the last time they were revamped, it looks like this time they'll also include at least one exam, yet people still take peverse pleasure in doing them down. I for one hope it carries on, Nationals are the best ICT qualification I've delivered in my 9 years of teaching.