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Navy Newsletter Summer 2019

I am delighted to introduce this edition of the Royal Navy UTC Affiliations Newsletter. The Royal Navy’s relationship with the UTC programme continues to develop, with many affiliates taking full advantage of the wide variety of enrichment opportunities offered by the RN UTC Outreach Team. It is always encouraging to see the enthusiasm shown by UTC staff and students during our major RN UTC Outreach events, namely the Junior Leaders’ Field Gun competition, Visit weeks and the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge. Following recent recruitment, the RN UTC Outreach Team is now at full strength and…

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OECD report reveals how low FE funding is in the UK

What do Australia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia and the United Kingdom have in common? Aside from unspectacular performances in recent Eurovision song contests (including Australia), these countries have unenviable reputations within the OECD: they are the only six spending less per student on vocational educational programmes than on upper secondary educational programmes. This was one of the many findings buried deep in the 500-page OECD Report on Education published in September 2019. What is striking about the OECD report is that it puts the United Kingdom’s acute shortage in a global context, and this makes…

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Energy Coast UTC: Best Secondary School 2019

Energy Coast UTC came away with a double win and a ‘highly commended’ at the prestigious, Cumbria -wide, Golden Apple Awards for 2019. The UTC won: Best Secondary School Best Industry Engagement (with Morgan Sindall Infrastructure) And a Highly Commended Best Community Initiative Principal Cherry Tingle said: “I am absolutely delighted that all of the hard work and dedication of our amazing staff team and employer partners has been recognised through these awards. We are over the moon to have won Best Secondary School, which is a fabulous recognition and a direct result of every…

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NEW APPLICATIONS FOR UTCS SUBMITTED AS PART OF THE LATEST FREE SCHOOLS WAVE

Three applications were made for new UTCs in the latest free school application round which closed in November. Wave 14 was open to all mainstream applicants and focussed on areas where there is both a need for more school places and low educational standards. Application guidance also asked for schools that will bring innovation to the wider education system and diversity to local provision, including those that will prepare children for technical pathways. The 3 applications have been made for UTCs in Birmingham, Salford, and Carlisle. The new application in Birmingham came from WMG Academy…

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WorldSkills medals win for Team UTC Sheffield

UTC Sheffield brought home two medals from the prestigious WorldSkills UK. WorldSkills UK showcases technical education to inspire more young people to choose vocational careers. Held at Birmingham NEC from November 21st to 23rd, the event attracted 500 competitors from colleges, universities and industry and involved 70 different skills categories. This year, four alumni competed on behalf of UTC Sheffield City Centre, which is Ofsted graded ‘good’. The technical school, on Matilda Street, specialises in engineering and advanced manufacturing, and creative and digital media. Alex Reynolds, Principal of UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “I’m really…

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Energy Coast UTC open new state of the art workshops

Energy Coast UTC open new state of the art workshops

The official opening of Energy Coast UTC’s new engineering workshops took place on Thursday 21st November with Chair of Governors, Barbara Stephens doing the honours by cutting the ribbon. With support from sponsors Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the University of Cumbria, the workshops are for the exclusive use of UTC staff and students and include state of the art, industry standard machinery such as XYZ 3m bed CNC and manual lathes and milling machines. Energy Coast UTC Principal and CEO, Cherry Tingle, said she was, “delighted that students now have exclusive use…

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NAO Report on UTCs demonstrates the DfE’s commitment to technical education 

The NAO Report released today provides an analysis of mainly publicly available information and provides little in the way of new insight into the UTC programme. Unfortunately, the report does not consider the programme’s significant value to the 30,000+ students, who have benefited from a UTC education over the past ten years. None of the 400+ employers and universities, who have backed UTCs from the start, and benefit from UTC leavers taking jobs, apprenticeships and university places into hard-to-fill areas of the economy, were approached to provide feedback on this report. It is well documented…

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Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) on track to reach capacity a year ahead of schedule, due to strong demand for places

Almost 1,000 prospective Year 10 and Year 12 students, their parents or carers have attended two recent Open Events at the employer-led school, with the hope of securing a place next year. The school’s senior team had originally predicted full capacity of 600 students would be reached by September 2021, but continuing strong demand for places and having a full and strong teaching team in place ahead of schedule means it will hit the target 12 months before that date. Ron Dearing UTC opened its doors in September 2017 and the first three years have…

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