• DfE takes action to force schools to follow the ‘Baker Clause’

    The Department for Education has begun to intervene in schools which fail in their legal duty to allow training organisations the chance to speak to pupils about technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Lord Kenneth Baker (pictured), the former education secretary behind the so-called “Baker Clause” obliging schools to introduce pupils to technical education, told Schools Week

    12.00 May. 11th, 2018 | 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

  • Revealed: How Gove was forced to create UTCs

    As education secretary, Michael Gove was forced to create university technology colleges by George Osborne and David Cameron, a former senior minister has revealed. David Laws, a Liberal Democrat who served as schools minister in the coalition government from 2012 to 2015, told Schools Week that Gove “never liked” the policy, but had it “imposed”

    11.30 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Warrington UTC enrages neighbouring schools by ‘poaching’ pupils

    A university technical college in Cheshire has infuriated local schools after it invited its 2018 intake to start this month – a potential breach of the government’s school admissions code. The pupils were due to join UTC Warrington, which offers science and engineering courses for 14- to 19-year-olds, in September, but it suggested they move

    7.00 Jan. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Council demands sport facilities from two academies to lift UTC restrictions

    A council wants two schools to open their sports facilities up for public use at the end of the school day in return for lifting restrictions that prevent younger pupils from using a new building. The Parker E-Act Academy, which teaches pupils aged between 11 and 18, announced in June it would be taking over

    5.00 Oct. 7th, 2017 | News

  • Government doubles cash for letters promoting UTCs and studio schools

    The Department for Education has more than doubled what it pays councils to write letters promoting University Technical Colleges and studio schools. In 2017-18, councils will each get a share of £226,934.80 to write to parents informing them of alternative post-14 education options, after a new rule was introduced in February requiring local government to inform

    5.00 Aug. 28th, 2017 | News

  • School pupils move into three former UTC sites

    Three former University Technical College sites will become schools next month after closing their doors earlier this year. UTCs in Oldham, Daventry and Greenwich all closed this summer following serious problems with pupil recruitment. It means that seven of the controversial 14-to-19 institutions have now closed in the six years since the project’s inception in

    5.00 Aug. 15th, 2017 | News

  • UTCs excluded from EBacc target, but not league tables

    University technical colleges and studio schools have been excluded from the government’s EBacc entry target, but the measure will still be included in the institutions’ league table scores. On Wednesday, the Department for Education finally published its long-delayed response to its consultation on the EBacc, which closed nearly 18 months ago. Justine Greening announced that she

    5.00 Jul. 21st, 2017 | News

  • 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

  • Giving UTCs a lifeline through the free school model

    UTCs face a big challenge in that the English school system isn’t set up for recruitment at 14, but there are ways to make it work, says Sam Parrett With the people in charge of university technical colleges sticking their head in the sand over the growing problem of recruitment at 14, it’s no wonder schools, UTCs and

    5.00 May. 29th, 2017 | Opinion

  • IPPR report calls for UTC changes

    Ailing university technical colleges should be converted into 16-19 colleges, with all studio schools joining multi-academy trusts to stave off closure, says a new report. A major study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has uncovered fresh concerns over the 14-19 schools. The report found that while UTCs attracted a comprehensive year 10

    21.00 May. 25th, 2017 | News