Hello colleagues, With all the talk of DT in it's current form being chopped and a possible name change/re-direction towards engineering, I'm seriously considering dropping GCSE's in RM and PD. I teach in a 'challenging school' with figures of 5 A*-C inc Eng/Maths at around 35%. Few pupils go on to do A-Level DT subjects as we have no sixth forms locally that offer DT subjects at post-16. Many pupils go on to college courses or training courses regardless of their performance in DT subjects. Local colleges offereing practical, vocational courses are not interested in GCSE DT grades - they simply want good grades (C+) in Maths, Eng and Science to start level 3 courses. We have recently introduced BTEC Level 2 construction as a pilot, the pupils are really enjoying it and it offers proper links to further vocational studies at level 3. The teachers are also enjoying it - no exam pressure and practical emphasis. My plan, should DT being removed from the NC post-2014 is to move to a vocational manufacturing/engineering/construction approach using well-regarded qualifications such as BTEC First certificate at Level 2. Yes - I am aware of the changes to the league table requirements from 2014, but this is not about 'gaming' and 'boosting' results - this is about providing youngsters with worthy qualifications that will offer them the opportunity to progress and continue vocational studies at level 3. I'm not sure of the implications for KS3 yet - any ideas? What will you be offereing if DT goes? I guess schools will do one of three things - 1. Axe DT completely and convert the workshops in other classrooms 2. Continue teaching DT with some possible timetable/funding/group size reductions 3. Shift the emphasis towards more vocational learning (see UTC's) in areas like engineering/construction/manufacturing What is your vision for the future that lies ahead - change is on the way!