It is coming to that time of year when we all start planning for the next year. My HOD and I were talking today about what we plan to do in Sept, and the main issue was what do we need to do to increase uptake of Design Technology at KS4. With various Government and School innovatives we are finding that our numbers have fallen to about 50 students out of a year group of 250. We have tried to set groups this year which has worked and is something that we are going to carry on with in Sept along with entering the top ability pupils for GCSE Product Design Short Course.(Which may encourage some of them to opt for DT next year) My main query is what do you do in your school to encourage pupils to opt for DT at KS4? Our head want us to do more System and Control but a) money and b) we have very mixed ability pupils and most of them enjoy the 'hands on' part on DT.