This year, the total number of children in the UK taking a design and technology (D&T) GCSE fell for the 10th year in a row – meaning that within a decade, the number of children taking GCSEs in D&T has more than halved.
Unsurprisingly, the number of sign ups to train as a D&T teacher has also fallen, along with the number of jobs there are available – and it’s keeping Design CIC’s managing director David Baker awake at night.
In his blog for TES, David shares his thoughts on why his beloved subject has faced such a massive decline in recent years…and why he thinks every school’s D&T department should be rebranded ‘The Future Department.’
Design Education CIC as a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to supporting young designers and makers. Run by an ever-expanding group of teachers and designers, Design Education CIC delivers creative and transformational programmes to both primary and secondary school pupils, and organises CPD and TeachMeet events for Art, Design and Technology teachers.
Visit http://designeducation.org.uk/ for more information.