Lord Baker welcomes a revolution in Technical Education saying:
“The Energy Coast UTC at Sellafield has been awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted – this is one of the most successful schools in the North of England. It leads a revolution in Technical Education.”
Last July 80% of its students became apprentices – this compares to a national average of 6%.
Ofsted recognise that:
“Many pupils start at this school disillusioned with what they have achieved in their key stage 3 education at other schools. Some are resentful about schooling. Through excellent support and guidance, staff transform the negative attitudes of these pupils in a remarkably short period of time.”
This UTC provides what Sellafield and its chain of local suppliers needs most – skilled technicians and engineers at 16 and 18.
Ofsted also recognise that:
“Leaders, managers and other staff have nurtured very effective relationships with a range of high-profile employers in the region. The employers and the UTC have developed excellent work-placement programmes that enthuse and engage students in STEM careers. Consequently, almost all students who leave the school at the end of Year 13 progress to STEM-related apprenticeships in the local community.”