When the Ebac was retrospectively applied to KS4 results from 2010, it did a wonderful job of making successful state schools, with excellent 5 A*-C (inc. English and Mathematics), pale in comparison with the private schools. My apologies from the outset, for being of the opinion that this was a rather evil way of putting the independent schools back on top, and putting state educated children ‘back in their place’. Now that abiding state schools know how they are being measured, it is obvious already that it has had an effect on subject choices for those entering KS4. The DfE seems rather pleased that the number of pupils taking the full range of Ebac subjects will rise from 22% now, to 47% potentially leaving with an Ebac in 2013 (current new Y10’s). http://www.education.gov.uk/a00197623/more-students-study-core-subjects-thanks-to-ebacc This does 2 major things, leading possibly to a third (the subject of this post): 1. 1- With retrospective application of the Ebac before anyone knew what subjects would form it were, the results for % of pupils achieving it is inevitably going to go up from now on, which will be credited to Gove, and he will stress he has 'raised standards'. 2. 2 - Year 9 option interviews already consider certain subjects as ‘soft’. The Ebac will almost guarantee all bright/dedicated pupils will be ‘guided’ by their SLT interviewers (who have a vested interest in raising Ebac % for the school) towards the EBac subjects, possibly taking all of the Ebac subjects, filling every option, to guarantee an Ebac of some combination. This could lead to far fewer bright pupils, even 'average' pupils, taking non-Ebac subjects, and with this will affect grades, CVA, future lower intake for the subject, leading to downsizing. With these 2 powerful factors in place, will it be an end to D&T featuring in the KS3 National Curriculum? (along with a few other non-Ebac subjects) <address class="MsoNormal">Maybe it will go back to the Tripartite School System? With Ebac Schools (Grammar Schools), rare Technology Schools (Secondary Technical), and, for the majority of the country, Acadamies (the 'modern' Secondary Modern) with powers to pay teachers as little as they like.</address> <address class="MsoNormal"> </address> Gove will gain more power to change things further if he manages to convince the public he has made education better (with that retrospective ‘cheat’, moving the goalposts after the shot is taken), and will further justify changes by the falling results in non-Ebac subjects and the great emphasis on how well the ‘core’ subjects are doing. With the digital sectors being big in our economy, I really don’t know how going back in time with ‘classical’ subjects is preparing children for a future we can’t even imagine, but that’s another topic all together!