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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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UTCs virtual open day

If you missed our first virtual open day, catch up here with this recording of the session. Asking ‘why choose a UTC?’ our panel of principals, alumni and employer partners talk through the unique differences of a UTC education. Featuring staff and students from LDE UTC, Energy Coast UTC and partners including Fujitsu, Siemens, Microsoft and Ubisoft….

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UTCs Go Above And Beyond With Virtual Classrooms

As most schools brace themselves for an indefinite period of school closures due to the pandemic that is sweeping across the world, UTCs are leading the way with pioneering virtual classrooms and initiatives that fit the UTC ethos of practicality and innovation.   Mr Vipond, a maths teacher at WMG Academy for Young Engineers, has created a maths channel on YouTube called DViMaths to help students with GCSE and A-level maths during lockdown. This resource has been made available to the public, as well as WMG students. WMG Academy are also running lessons via Google…

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Technical Schools Helping the NHS

Students use design and engineering skills whilst schools donate equipment to front line staff. Technical schools across England are donating protective gear and using their specialist equipment to make face shields, to help protect NHS workers from coronavirus. These schools, known as University Technical Colleges (UTCs), have stocks of filtering facepiece masks, and industry-standard 3D printing equipment, to deliver high-quality engineering qualifications in conjunction with hundreds of employers around the country. In the past few weeks staff from 20 UTCs across the country, from Cumbria to Portsmouth, have turned their attention to supporting the NHS….

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Team UTC Sheffield on the road to Shanghai skills ‘Olympics’

A UTC Sheffield team has got through to the next stage of a global competition after being selected for WorldSkills Squad UK. Brad Ellison, Paul Hayter, and Kamil Zmich, are among 137 apprentices and students from across the country who have been chosen for the team after winning competitions at WorldSkills UK. All three are engineering alumni from UTC Sheffield City Centre, which is Ofsted graded ‘good’. More than 80 countries take part in WorldSkills. The next stage will be the team selection for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 in China. Alex Reynolds, Principal of UTC Sheffield City…

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Energy Coast UTC visit the CERN nuclear research facility in Geneva

At the start of January the Energy Coast UTC Science department, led by Director of Learning Ian Lindner, took a group of GCSE and A level students to Geneva, Switzerland for 5 days, with the focus of the visit an inspirational day at the renowned CERN nuclear research facility. CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and the largest particle physics laboratory in the world; it is at the forefront of scientific discovery. The visit comprised a guided tour, including of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator – the group were lucky enough…

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Ron Dearing UTC named among England’s best schools for A-level progress

Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) has been named as some of the best schools in the country for the progress made by A-level students. New league tables released by the Department for Education show Ron Dearing UTC is ranked 15th of all schools and colleges in England, including fee-paying independent schools, for the progress made by students who took their A-levels last summer. Excluding independent schools, Ron Dearing UTC is ranked as the 6th best for student progress, with a progress score of 0.72, which is officially rated as “well above average”. Click here to view the top-rated…

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