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UTC student numbers rise to 16,000 nationwide

More students than ever before are choosing a technical education at UTCs. Early indications show a strong increase in the number of students across the UTC programme this September. Figures reported to Baker Dearing by the 48 UTCs show a 12% increase in total students, compared with last year, to just under 16,000. Three UTCs which added a KS3 feeder this year, in Plymouth, Bolton and Wolverhampton, recruited very well and across the programme UTCs saw particularly strong growth into their sixth forms. Doncaster UTC, which opened this September, had the strongest start of any…

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Energy Coast UTC teachers honoured in UK celebration of teaching

Selected from thousands of nominations, Principal Cherry Tingle and teacher Kerryann Wilson from Energy Coast UTC are two of just 76 education award winners in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. Energy Coast UTC was also recognised as one of the finest schools in the country. On Wednesday 16 September, they will be honoured for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. The UTC, their Principal Cherry Tingle, and teacher and Vice Principal Kerryann Wilson have all received Silver Awards – but that is not all! As Silver…

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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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