A new report is warning that UTCs are struggling due to inappropriate accountability measures and difficulty recruiting pupils at age 14. Pete Henshaw takes a look...

Headline accountability measures are failing to recognise the breadth of curriculum being offered by university technical colleges (UTC) and should be reviewed, academics have said.

A report published this week has concluded that the government needs to do more to help UTCs establish themselves if it remains committed to the concept.

UTCs are academy schools for 14 to 19-year-olds where students are able to combine technical and practical learning with academic study. At the start of the 2016/17 academic year, there were 48 UTCs open in England.

The report, published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), warns that, on average, UTC students are performing worse than their peers in their previous schools according to the headline key stage 4 accountability measures – namely Attainment 8 and Progress 8.

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