Pre-16 technical education pathways proposed

Proposals to offer students in secondary schools access to a technical education curriculum designed by employers are being scoped out via a consultation.

The Baker Dearing Educational Trust wants to create new technical education pathways in existing secondary schools based on the University Technical College model.

UTCs are specialist institutions supported by university partners that offer technical education to students aged 14 to 18. There are currently 20,000 students being educated in around 50 UTCs across the country.

The new model would see so-called UTC “sleeves” set up in mainstream secondary schools to offer more accessible technical education options for students.

The Baker Dearing Educational Trust has already supported the establishment of a UTC sleeve at Abbeywood Community School in Bristol, which it says has proved “successful”. It adds that “several multi-academy trusts have expressed their interest in the initiative”.
The charity has now launched a consultation on the initiative to gauge support for the idea.

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