Design and technology GCSE axed from nearly half of schools

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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  1. Well if we loose practical subject like technology and with lack of support for many UTC’s we will soon lack the making and practical skills needed in this country. It is a sad day with lack of support by the government of this country. Look to the future need a plumber, need an electrician need a technician well you may struggle. Technology needs government support, yes it is an expensive subject that schools struggle to support but bare in mind the many hours and also the many little items that teachers put in themselves above and beyond the call of duty.

  2. Barry Adams

    This is the disgusting result of politicking by morons who don’t understand children, how they develop, or education as a whole. The bottom line is that DT, in its many guises, is too expensive. In the opinion of faceless beareacrats who obviously have no educational background that makes the subject superfluous. I have invested most of my working life in people who studied the subject and have gone on, as a result of my encouragement, to be productive and contributing members of our economy and society, designing and making things at a variety of levels.
    T levels, UTCs etc are not the answer. Stability of curriculum, engagement of stakeholders, relevant developing of qualifications reflecting technological development and skills gaps, these are answers. Unfortunately the government sponsor no educational research about these areas because it costs money as well. Given that they believe in laissez faire economics, it would appear that they are applying it to bubucketsubject via the Ebacc too.

  3. Anonymous

    Because kids no longer like making things? What a stupid and harmful thing to say. I dare you to go into any secondary school in the country and ask the students for their opinion to validate that statement. I think you will find parental and political pressures over the ebacc are (among other factors) at work here

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