Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

I Can See the Future of D&T - and It's Tragic

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

I Can See the Future of D&T - and It's Tragic

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My subject is dying and no one seems to care. Scarier still, the death seems to have coincided with my teaching career. This year, the total number of children in the UK sitting a design and technology GCSE fell for the 10th year in a row, to 213,629. In 2001, my NQT year, that figure stood at 436,963.

Whether as cause or effect, the number of new entrants signing up to train as D&T teachers has suffered a similar decline. Thus, in 2009-10, 1,394 people entered D&T initial teacher training; in 2013-14, only 410 did so. More alarmingly still, the 2014 figure is just 48 per cent of the government's target of 870.

This is no temporary blip - it is the decimation of an entire generation of one subject's teachers.

If one looks at the jobs pages of TES - always a good litmus test - the number of D&T jobs is pathetically small. It is not because the competition is stiff; it is because no one wants D&T teachers any more.

Of course, there are crocodile tears. I frequently hear sad stories of why a particular school has given up D&T: can't find the teachers; can't get the grades; too expensive. …

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