• MPs question £3m spent on UTC membership body

    An influential cross-party group of MPs has raised concerns over the value for money offered by the membership body for university technical colleges, after its cost to the public purse reached £3 million. The costs smack of a far too close, special relationship with too little scrutiny from government and too much entitlement from the

    0.01 Jun. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted praises 'outstanding' UTC with 100% progression rate

    A university technical college in Hull has been dubbed a “guiding light in the education sector” after being rated ‘outstanding’ in its first ever Ofsted inspection. Ron Dearing UTC, which opened in September 2017, received top grades across the board in a report published today that did not include one line of criticism. It becomes

    13.08 May. 21st, 2020 | News

  • UTC turns the tables and comes to the aid of a MAT

    A north-west England university technical college has become the latest of its type to move towards joining a multi-academy trust – but this time the tables have turned. The leader of UTC Warrington, Lee Barber, has been appointed by the North West Academies Trust (NWAT) to be the interim headteacher of Rudheath Senior Academy, following

    6.00 Mar. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Top DfE boss: Our cost-cutting consultants found £10m savings in UTCs

    Government cost-saving consultants have been parachuted into most of the country’s university technical colleges to help them tackle soaring deficits, it has been revealed. Jonathan Slater, the Department for Education’s top civil servant, told MPs on the public accounts committee today that school resource management advisers had identified around £10 million of savings in 33

    19.26 Mar. 16th, 2020 | News

  • 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

  • UTC support charity paid £7k for Lord Baker's personal secretary

    The Baker Dearing Educational Trust spent nearly £7,000 funding a personal secretary for UTC architect Lord Baker, while raising more than £270,000 in licence fees paid by the institutions. Accounts published last month, for the 2017-18 year, also show that Baker Dearing, which supports the UTC programme, relies heavily on donations from a range of

    5.00 Jun. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Year 10 numbers dip at UTCs despite claims to the contrary

    The organisation behind the university technical college programme has claimed the number of 14-year-olds studying at the institutions is on the up – although its own figures show a different picture. A spokesperson for the Baker Dearing Educational Trust told our sister title, FE Week, that year 10 recruitment at the 14 to 19 institutions

    10.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Pupil destinations will trump Progress 8 as headline measure for UTCs

    The Department for Education is changing the way it judges the success of university technical colleges and studio schools, by moving its focus from the Progress 8 accountability measures to pupil destinations. In a letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation, Neil McIvor, chief data officer and chief statistician at the DfE, explained changes that will be

    10.00 Aug. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Allow UTCs and studio schools to select pupils, argues Toby Young

    University technical colleges and studio schools should be allowed to select pupils on the basis of aptitude, a controversial new report authored by Toby Young has argued. Furthermore, such a move would be legal and would only require a change in policy, according to ‘Technically gifted: How selection can save technical and vocational education’, published

    0.01 Aug. 15th, 2018 | News

  • UTC becomes first school with cameras in every classroom

    A university technical college in Birmingham has become the first school in the country to install always-on, 360-degree cameras in all of its 28 classrooms. Aston University Engineering Academy, which caters to just over 600 14- to 19-year-olds, officially launched the video equipment at an event at the UTC on July 18. AUEA has been

    5.00 Jul. 20th, 2018 | News

  • DfE spent more than £23m on failed studio schools

    The government has spent more than £23 million on studio schools that have either closed or never opened but the price tag total won’t be known until the much-delayed publication of its final costs. Twenty-six studio schools have closed or announced plans to close since the scheme was introduced in 2010. In the past week

    5.00 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News