• DfE slammed for refusal to investigate defunct Manchester UTC as paperwork fails to materialise

    Auditors were unable to properly scrutinise the finances of a failed University Technical College because important data was missing, but the government chose not to investigate this issue. Accounts for the Greater Manchester UTC for 2016-17, finally published last month and over a year late, reveal that auditors gave a rare “disclaimer of opinion” on

    11.00 Apr. 26th, 2019 | News

  • The official UTC figures don't give the full picture

    Lord Baker on why the Baker Dearing Educational Trust’s own data on university technical colleges is more comprehensive than the DfE’s ‘official’ measures What is the point of collecting data? Without data we just have subjective opinions, but with it we have objective information, which in turn provides useful insight. Indeed, the Baker Dearing Educational

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2019 | Opinion

  • DfE figures shoot down UTCs’ ‘incredible’ destinations claims

    New government data has undermined boasts about University Technical Colleges’ “excellent destinations”, and shows the level of NEET leavers to be eight times higher than is claimed. The Baker Dearing Trust, which backs UTCs, has repeatedly asserted that just one per cent of 18-year-olds leaving the 14 to 19 technical institutions were not in employment,

    13.08 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Can UTCs fit in the technical education jigsaw?

    The government should think again on UTCs, and consider moving admissions to 16, says Gerard Dominguez-Reig Technical education is prone to continual fiddling by recent governments. In the last few years we’ve seen the roll out of T-levels, significant reforms to apprenticeships, and the area reviews of further education colleges. Emanating from government’s post-16 skills plan,

    16.30 Oct. 11th, 2018 | Opinion

  • 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

  • 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

  • Over two thirds of UTCs rated less than 'good' in the last year

    More than two thirds of the university technical colleges visited by Ofsted in the last year received ratings that were less than ‘good’, according to FE Week analysis. But the organisation which oversees UTCs has hit back, saying it believes the watchdog’s inspection regime is not designed to measure their performance in the most accurate

    13.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: 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 under Mr Gove as schools minister in the coalition government from 2012 to 2015, told FE Week that he “never liked” the policy, but

    11.30 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Warrington UTC enrages neighbouring schools by ‘poaching’ pupils

    A university technical college in Cheshire has been accused of poaching students from local schools in the middle of the year, in the latest embarrassing blow to the struggling programme. The pupils were due to join UTC Warrington as normal in September, but it invited them to move over this month, winding up neighbouring heads

    7.00 Jan. 27th, 2018 | News

  • UTC makes impressive turnaround – then ditches the brand

    A university technical college which clawed its way up two Ofsted ratings in eight months has denied distancing itself from the UTC movement even though it has removed all mention from its name. Once known as UTC Cambridge, the 14-to-19 provider has rebranded as the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology as it joins Parkside

    14.00 Nov. 11th, 2017 | News

  • UTCs demand more funding than mainstream schools

    The body behind the ailing university technical college model has called on the government to apportion more funding to them than to mainstream schools. The Baker Dearing Trust also wants school leaders to assess which students might best fit the scheme – instead of just sending them unsuitable learners – as well as changes to

    13.00 Jun. 30th, 2017 | News