The Telegraph reports that a survey has found design and technology GCSE has disappeared from nearly half of schools because teenagers no longer like making things.
Hundreds of schools across the country have axed the subject from the curriculum in the past year alone, according to a poll of teachers conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
Julie Nugent, chief executive of the Design and Technology Association, said the survey results were “worrying”, adding that they have been inundated with phone calls from concerned parents.
“We know that the subject itself suffers from a bit of an image problem, people see it as a craft based subject, where you just make a bird box or something like that,” she said.
Ministers say that the EBacc, a flagship policy of former education secretary Michael Gove, helps ensure children receive a rigorous education, but campaigners warn that it is having a detrimental affect on creative subjects which have seen a rapid decline.
“We absolutely need subjects like design and technology. It is about innovation, engineering,manufacturing, and the principles of how to improve the world,” Ms Nugent said.
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