• Three 'inadequate' UTCs in a week as Lord Baker blames Ofsted

    Ofsted has dealt a series of devastating blows to university technical colleges this week, with three of the 14-to-19 technical and vocational institutions rated “inadequate” in a week. Inspectors were damning in their criticism of UTC@Harbourside, Derby Manufacturing UTC and Health Futures UTC in grade 4 reports published between June 28 and July 4. The

    10.30 Jul. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Digital and science engineering UTC to open in Doncaster in 2020

    A new university technical college is being created in South Yorkshire despite mounting problems with the programme, the Department for Education has confirmed. Doncaster UTC will train up to 750 learners in the “latest rail engineering techniques, as well as coding and 3D design skills”. It is scheduled to open in September 2020, and the official announcement explained that it aims to complement the

    10.46 Jun. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Multi-academy trusts fail to implement Baker clause

    Just two of the 10 largest multi-academy trusts in England have fully complied with their new legal duty to allow training providers and colleges the chance to speak to pupils about technical qualifications and apprenticeships. The Baker Clause, an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act, came into force on January 2, and requires

    10.10 Jan. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Crisis deepens as learners drop at two thirds of UTCs

    Learner numbers have dropped at around two thirds of established university technical colleges this academic year, an FE Week investigation has found. We submitted freedom of information requests to the 26 UTCs that opened in 2014 or before, asking for their 2016/17 student numbers. FE Week analysis of their responses (see the full breakdown in

    11.02 Apr. 28th, 2017 | News

  • Technical and FE bill passes: what does it mean for the sector?

    The Technical and Further Education Bill received final clearance from the House of Lords this afternoon, and it is expected to be granted royal assent within the next few days. A major consequence of this will be the introduction of an insolvency regime for colleges, which could for the first time allow them to go

    17.14 Apr. 25th, 2017 | News

  • Lord Baker: careers advice amendment originally just for UTCs and Studio Schools

    Lord Baker hit the headlines last week after he won a major concession in the House of Lords, to force schools to give FE providers access to their pupils. Speaking exclusively with FE Week’s Billy Camden, the former education secretary this week sets out his vision Incredibly, Lord Baker, the architect of the UTC programme,

    10.00 Mar. 4th, 2017 | News