I teach in an independent school so league tables are not our priority. I just got rid of AQA short course. It was hell, the kids hated it, it was not giving them real skills just how to print screen and state the obvious. Parents are very happy that they are gaining vital ICT skills for real world business use. The kids can see this too. I wonder whether we have tried to teach just to a pass? Distinction level is what I am aiming for and even our weaker kids can attempt this and end up with a merit. Personally the practical side of the nationals is showing the subject as a practical one, which I believe should be the case. Design technology is practical so is Art. I don't think the pupils would take these subjects if there ws not so much practical work in them. I would rather have this for whole school use and the GCSE as an option for the ones that are committed. I still think GCSE ICT is uninspiring so we are caught in a difficult situation. As to comments about jobs, 10 years ago when I was in the state sector millions was pumped into ICT at KS3, and from my understanding it seems they are now doing an about turn with the subject and I would be concerned if I was still in the maintainted sector about my job. It is a mess, unless my understanding is wrong. I have been told the nationals well be extended but will have to have an exam part and the rest tweaked.