https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-heads-fear-ofsted-will-penalise-three-year-gcses So despite the supposed academic 'freedoms' academies and free schools are supposed to enjoy. Ofsted seem set on imposing their own ideas on the structure of students' 11 to 16 school experience. It's Ofsted's job to inspect, not to dictate what schools do. I used to teach DT and there was no way I could squeeze the amount of content in the new 9-1 GCSE course into just 2 years. OK I could have done but it would have been a gradgrind, soul destroying experience with little time for any practical work which is what the subject should be about. Ofsted, you've overstepped the mark.