• Private sector support for state schools - will it work?

    Private schools and universities will be pushed into sponsoring schools to haul up standards in the state sector, despite an analysis of their current involvement revealing a chequered history. A key proposal in the green paper, Schools That Work for Everyone, is the provision of incentives for private schools and universities to either set up

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2016 | News

  • UTCs soak up lower ability pupils, research suggests

    New research suggests that the government’s flagship 14-19 technical schools have become a dumping ground for lower-ability pupils, raising questions over its plan to allow schools to move pupils based on their ability at 14. Research published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found pupils at university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio

    5.00 Sep. 16th, 2016 | News

  • UTCs need 'radical improvement' to survive - Wilshaw

    University Technical Colleges need “radical improvement” if the model is to survive, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said. The Ofsted chief inspector has been a champion of the controversial 14 to 19 vocational institutions during his tenure, but said consistency in their performance was missing and described their track record as “patchy” in a speech this

    12.17 Jul. 21st, 2016 | News

  • Getting maximum pupil opportunity at 14

    Sir Michael Wilshaw’s CBI speech wasn’t about academic selection but about a move to high-quality vocational education being an equal status option available to all students Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech to the Confederation of British Industry earlier this month has been heavily criticised for appearing to support “streaming” at 14, and a return to the

    6.30 Dec. 1st, 2014 | Opinion

  • UTC wants to admit pupils at 13

    The new sponsor of an under-performing university technical college (UTC) is hoping to allow pupils to join the school from 13. Central Bedfordshire UTC, in Houghton Regis, is currently consulting on extending its age range from next September. At present the UTC takes in pupils aged between 14 and 19, but wants to admit pupils

    6.00 Nov. 21st, 2014 | News

  • Is a new model of school collaboration emerging?

    Collaboration is a new buzzword in education, but there are many ways it can happen. Expert Alison Talbot describes how one option in particular may be coming to the fore. At the beginning of the school term, a number of exciting collaborations and partnerships coming to fruition, with many free schools, university technical colleges and

    11.46 Oct. 24th, 2014 | Opinion