Although those subjects are not counted towards the ebacc, - the expert panel who reported back to Mr Gove in December recommended that "Core" and "foundation" subjects will all be studied to the age of 16 ( although not necessarily taking a GCSE in all.) This would mean that all students will have to study: English, Maths, Science, Geography and History and RE and PE and MFL ( not sure how many) and Music and Art up to 16. Unfortunately for us, if the recommendations are taken up then ICT and DT become part of the "basic" curriculum which also includes citizenship and PSHE. That means schools have to "show" that they are providing them, but it is up to individual schools how they do it. I fear it will mean X-curricular at KS3 and KS4 as, as stated before there just will not enough time for a GCSE in computer studies or any other optional subject. This seems to completely contradict all the stuff on CS that came out last week, and so it will be interesting to see what the final model looks like.