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UTC Principals attend UK Parliament Education Select Committee

Six UTC principals joined Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee, last week. They took part in the virtual meeting to discuss strides UTCs are making as the Education Select Committee conducts an inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on education and children’s services. “University Technical Colleges have a vital role to play supporting young people, employers and the economy’s long-term recovery from the coronavirus pandemic,” says Nick Crew, Executive Principal of the Sheffield UTC Academy Trust. “We are proud of what we are achieving in Sheffield City Region, training young people in…

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Kenneth Baker calls for reduced social-distancing rules for schools

An Education Plan for Re-Opening Lord Kenneth Baker, Chair of Baker Dearing Educational Trust and former Education Secretary, calls for a reduction of the social-distancing requirement to allow schools to re-open. 1. There are 80 days between now and September and during that time schools should not be locked-up empty buildings: they should be learning centres. The schools that have opened already only have a small proportion of their students: action is needed. The Secretary of State should positively encourage schools to open from now. The levels of unemployment for 16 and 18 year olds…

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Former Education Secretaries, Kenneth Baker and David Blunkett, call on the Government to recognise that GCSEs and A Levels should not be reintroduced in their present form in 2021

Former Education Secretaries, Kenneth Baker and David Blunkett, call on the Government to recognise that GCSEs and A Levels should not be reintroduced in their present form in 2021. Most students have lost six months of schooling and the start of primary and secondary schools in September is likely to be staggered resulting in a significant loss of taught lessons. Even if social distancing is reduced to 1 metre it will be challenging for many primary and secondary schools to return to full classes. Disadvantaged students have been particularly hit, many have not been able…

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Eight more UTCs chosen to deliver T-Levels from 2022

Eight UTCs have been chosen by the Department for Education to deliver new T-Levels from September 2022. The following UTCs have been selected: Crewe Engineering and Design UTC, Lincoln UTC, The JCB Academy, University Technical College Norfolk, UTC Sheffield City Centre, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, UTC South Durham, and WMG Academy for Young Engineers. In addition to these eight, a further three UTCs have already been selected to launch T-Levels: The Leigh UTC will be offering a digital T-Level from this September, and Thomas Telford UTC and Mulberry UTC, will both deliver T-Levels starting…

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Public Accounts Committee recommends DfE should do more to support UTCs

Baker Dearing welcomes the PAC’s recommendation that the Department for Education should support the sharing of ‘good practice’ around the UTC programme. Indeed, this is something our charity has facilitated since the programme’s inception, and is highly-valued, and paid for, by UTCs. Furthermore, we are very pleased to learn that the PAC believes that the DfE should do more to inform parents better about the benefits of a UTC education. We know that around the country, UTCs are providing a relevant and valuable approach to education. Just recently, this was summarised by Ofsted in its…

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UTCs and the skills agenda: a parliamentary response

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney asked Gillian Keegan, Minister for Skills, about the role of UTCs in Parliament last week. She stressed the function of UTCs in supporting skills development and local economies in her response.   Karl McCartney (MP for Lincoln) “To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of how the specialisms taught at University Technical Colleges can support the (a) skills needs of employers and (b) UK’s economic recovery after the Covid-19 outbreak.”   Gillian Keegan (Minister for Skills) “University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are well positioned to support…

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Ron Dearing Outstanding - A guiding light in the education sector

Ofsted rates Ron Dearing UTC as ‘outstanding’ after first inspection

Hull’s Ron Dearing UTC has been rated as ‘outstanding’ across the board in its first Ofsted inspection. Inspectors praised it as having “all the hallmarks of a school that could be viewed as a guiding light in the educational sector”. The school hosted inspectors for an in-depth review in March, before the lockdown period, with a glowing verdict in the report published today (May 21). As well as the rating of outstanding for overall effectiveness, the inspection team marked the UTC as outstanding for: Quality of education Behaviour and attitudes Personal development Leadership and management…

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