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GCSE results day: New analysis reveals design and technology student numbers have fallen by up to 71 per cent since the Conservatives came to power

71 per cent fewer students are sitting GCSE design and technology than in 2010 41 per cent fewer young people are taking the subject at A-level The number of young women studying IT up to A-level has declined by a third The number of students taking design and technology at GCSE and A-level has fallen off a cliff, with 71 per cent fewer GCSE candidates than when the Conservatives came to power, a leading education charity has found. The Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports around 50 University Technical Colleges delivering technical and academic options,…

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A-levels 2022: University Technical College leavers choose degree apprenticeships over traditional HE courses

Students leaving University Technical Colleges with top A-level and vocational results this summer are opting to enrol on apprenticeship courses with small businesses and multinational corporations rather than university-based courses, a leading education charity has found. The Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports around 50 technical education-focused University Technical Colleges, has also highlighted the successes UTC leavers have seen getting into top Russell Group universities. This is after widespread expectations that students would have a tougher time this year getting universities, especially top-tier institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Warwick. Half of the 128 Year…

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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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