I write this post as a teacher of Art, Design and Technology at an international school in Spain, contemplating a return to the UK and asking if it is wise to do so? Having left school in 1982, I trained, qualified and worked as an Architectural Technician for several years before making the choice to put myself through teacher training at Sheffield City Polytechnic. Although grants, burseries and access funds made this a more attractive proposition than today, with two small children to raise it was still a challenge not without risk. Particularly given the shortage of teaching positions available that time. I entered the profession at what was an exciting time for D&T, with the subject having been granted compulsory status with the introduction of the National Curriculum. 27 years on I find myself reading about the current state of D&T in English schools in the same confused, bewildered way that someone who had returned to their birth place and found it did not exist anymore would. I read the latest D&T examination syllabus and vision a learning experience drier than an over cooked Christmas turkey with no gravy. 15% Maths? Graphics and textiles students forced to learn about mechanisms and the same old approach that despite new buzz jargon such as ‘Iterative’*, will continue to be assessed as a linear model by exam boards because that is the only way it can be marked. (Incidentally, for those new to D&T, Iterative Design is not a new concept but was first muted in 1990 by Professor Richard Kimbell - interaction of hand and mind. I ask myself on whose watch this took place and, having taught the subject for almost 20 years must share some responsibility. However, I believe it is the subject itself that is to blame or rather those charged with its management. Key protagonists, in an effort to make the subject important, were always keen to make D&T more difficult than it needed to be. This continues today - simply look at any of the D&T exam syllabus (they are practically identical anyway) to see where the people leading this once great subject have allowed it to end up. To me, Design and Technology will always be about designing and making. (Not the percentage saving of an LED lamp over a tungsten filament lamp). I purposefully called myself a teacher of Art, Design & Technology at the start of this post because that is where I believe the future of true designing and making lies. I have been fortunate through occasional returns working in industry to realise designing and making in the real world has retained its integrity. The nearest schools can offer to this is through an Art & Design - Three Dimensional Design approach. My hope is that Art & Design will welcome D&T teachers who recognise theirs is the best way forward.