0370 270 6000

What does 2014 hold in store for UTCs?

2 January 2014

The Telegraph reports that the Duke of York is enthusiastic about the ‘UTC movement’ after opening a new University Technical College in Reading. However, only a few months ago it was revealed there is insufficient demand for UTC places. Should the programme expand rapidly over the next few years without waiting for the level of demand to increase?

Promoting vocational training as an alternative to university seems advantageous for young people unsuited to the academic route. Perhaps the low demand is due to a lack of awareness of UTCs and their worth and further promotion in local communities is needed.

So far uptake at some UTCs has been poor with a couple running at 30% and 33% capacity. In addition, the only UTC to be inspected by Ofsted was told it ‘requires improvement’. If parents fail to be convinced about UTCs, the government may find it hard to justify spending taxpayers’ money on further expansion.

Related opinions

A level results: what this means for schools and higher education?

This year’s A Level results have been a resounding success and demonstrate the commitment and resilience of students, schools and school staff during these unprecedented times. However, there will inevitably be some students who are disappointed with the teacher assessed grade.

View blog

Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

View blog

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

View blog

Lateral flow testing in schools

Lateral flow testing is underway in schools across England to provide rapid Covid-19 testing of staff and students in secondary schools and colleges.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up