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University Technical Colleges: The First Ten Years

New non-fiction title from David Harbourne is an “excellent insight” into the first ten years of University Technical Colleges. The book, published by University of Buckingham Press, was released on 7th March 2022 and contains an afterword by Lord Baker. The former Secretary of State for Education, Lord Baker, crossbench peer Lord Dearing and industrialist Sir Anthony Bamford shared a vision. They imagined a new type of secondary school that would prepare young people for careers in science, technology and engineering. University Technical Colleges (UTCs) offer a curriculum linked to key sectors of the economy…

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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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