On Tuesday (15 March 2016), MPs debated the importance of engineering skills and design and technology education in the school curriculum. Michelle Donelan MP, (Conservative, Chippenham) secured the debate in which she made the case for bolstering the Design and Technology GCSE by its inclusion in the EBacc.
Nic Dakin MP, the shadow minister quoted from Edge’s response to the consultation paper, where we argue that the 90 per cent target will reduce the uptake of technical and creative subjects and limit choices open to students and their parents. It could exacerbate the country’s growing skills gap, because fewer students will achieve passes in technical and creative subjects linked to the needs of the economy. He added that he hoped ‘clarion call’ would prove ‘wrong’.