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University Technical Colleges report another year of strong recruitment

The number of students on roll at UTCs across the country has increased by 10% this September compared with last year. Today, just over 17,500 young people have chosen this increasingly relevant careers-focused education at the 48 UTCs in England. This improvement follows a strong rise last year in students on roll across the UTC programme of 12%. Energy Coast UTC in Cumbria, which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, reported a 17% increase in their student numbers from last year. Principal Cherry Tingle said, “We are delighted to see the continuing trend of a large…

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Lord Baker forms MP group on UTCs and technical skills

Eight MPs from across every corner of England have formed an independent policy group to support Lord Baker in promoting UTCs and school-age technical education in our schools. Co-chaired by Lord Baker, founder and chair of Baker Dearing Educational Trust, and Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Commons Education Committee, the all-party group also includes Rob Butler, Andy Carter, Jon Cruddas, Emma Hardy, Paul Howell, Anne Marie Morris and Kelly Tolhurst. Lord Baker said: “I am delighted to have the support of this excellent team of Parliamentarians who are superb champions of the UTCs in…

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Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2020 winners announced

The winning competitors in the annual Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2020 have been announced, with three UTCs scooping up the top prizes. The competition was originally scheduled to take place in March, when schools were impacted by the coronavirus lockdown, but recently surfaced again to complete in-camera. The RN team filmed the competing vessels at HMS Sultan, so that the schools could see months of project work rewarded. Held in partnership with Eaton Ltd, Babcock and BAE Systems, the Challenge aimed to inspire young people to engage further with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)…

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Maximising the benefits of the ‘U’ in UTCs

Today we hosted a virtual seminar for the UTC family entitled ‘Maximising the benefits of the ‘U’ in UTCs’. Since the programme’s inception over 10 years ago, universities have played a fundamental role in their support for UTCs through marketing, mentoring, providing work experience, project-based learning etc. as well as helping to raise the credibility of a new education initiative. We are very grateful. 10 years later, with over 30 committed university partners, it felt appropriate to take stock of what we have learned and to understand better how universities and UTCs can collaborate. This…

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Grade awards for technical and vocational qualifications in summer 2021

Open letter from Lord Baker to Dame Glenys Stacey, Acting Chief Regulator and CEO – Ofqual 16 November 2020 Dear Dame Glenys, Grade awards for technical and vocational qualifications in summer 2021 On behalf of University Technical Colleges (UTCs), I am writing to ask Ofqual to reconsider the requirement for students to complete all course assessments when taking vocational qualifications this year to be allocated a grade. The 48 UTCs across England offer a distinctive technical curriculum through the provision of Level 2 and 3 technical and vocational qualifications such as those awarded by OCR…

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