• Licence fees to almost double for cash-strapped UTCs

    The Baker Dearing Trust is set to double the membership fee that university technical colleges have to pay, meaning the charity will collect nearly £500,000 annually from the cash-strapped institutions. The charity’s new chief executive, Simon Connell, has defended upping the annual fee, which will increase from £5,500 to £10,000 this September. But the unexpected

    16.49 Aug. 16th, 2019 | News

  • 71% of UTCs rated less than Ofsted 'good' in the last year

    More than two thirds of the university technical colleges visited by Ofsted in the last year are ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’, according to Schools Week analysis. But the organisation that oversees UTCs claims the watchdog’s inspection regime is not designed to measure their performance in the most accurate way possible. Of the 14 UTCs inspected

    13.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Schools: you must tell pupils about apprenticeships!

    After news broke that only two of the 10 largest multi-academy trusts are actually implementing the so-called Baker Clause, which requires schools to allow technical education providers access to their pupils, the man who fought for the clause in the first place explains why it is so vital that every school complies A recent survey

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • UTCs want 'best fit' pupils

    The organisation that oversees the ailing university technical college (UTC) programme has called on school leaders to “assess” which pupils best fit the vocational schools before sending unsuitable learners on to them. The Baker Dearing Trust (BDT) also wants more funding than mainstream schools, as well as altered performance measures to align with their curriculum.

    5.00 Jul. 1st, 2017 | News