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UTC end of term farewell

Key contacts across the UTC programme came together on Thursday 16th July in a virtual event to mark the end of term, in place of what would have been our Annual Conference in London. It was an opportunity to celebrate all that’s happened across the programme in the last few months in challenging circumstances. In addition to this, we said goodbye and thank you to Jim Wade who is retiring this summer after 10 years as Principal at The JCB Academy. We are lucky Jim won’t be a stranger to the programme though as he…

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Baker Dearing Student Survey 2020

What do our students say? Our students’ experience whilst at their UTC matters most to us. Every year, Baker Dearing conducts a student survey of Year 13 leavers across the UTC programme to assess this experience and to learn how we can make it even better. This year, the survey took place under very different circumstances in the context of home learning and exam cancellations. However, the responses we received from Year 13 students, during a difficult and uncertain period for all of them, are heart-warming, and serve as a timely reminder as to the…

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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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