Message from UTC Sheffield City Centre

We have increased student online learning using Teams as the predominant method of delivery. This may be supplemented with face to face delivery on site in the coming weeks, for those students who require additional support. All students have been sent information on how to download and set up Teams. Should any student have difficulties with this, please contact admin@utcsheffield.org.uk and we will address your query as soon as possible. Therefore, our offer of face to face teaching, in line with government advice is that we will invite key worker/vulnerable/students who cannot access online delivery.

Please see the Letters page and the Covid-19 Update page for more information.

In these unprecedented times, we are sorry that we are unable to run the parents evening on 15 July 2020.  If you have any pressing concerns, please contact admin@utcsheffield.org.uk

Message from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Coronavirus update: From 15 June, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is open to a wider cohort of identified Y10 and Y12 students as well as to vulnerable students and children of key workers. Please see the Letters page and the Covid-19 Update page on our website.

Vision and Ethos

The Sheffield UTC Academy Trust Vision – Focused on Destination

We have a clear vision to prepare our students for careers in the skill sector shortage areas of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Digital Media, Health Sciences, Sport Science and Computing.  The UTC was born out of detailed research into future demands for skills in both the Sheffield City region and nationally.

The UTC has very strong backing with lead sponsors in Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The UTC also has a wide range of regional and national employers supporting the curriculum and further support from The University of Sheffield.

At Sheffield UTC Academy Trust we provide an integrated academic and vocational curriculum that focuses on technical and employability skills.  Employers and University partners help to shape learning challenges via a fully employer-led curriculum.   This curriculum stretches our students in a way which will prepare them very well for the careers in the relevant sectors.  We have been supported throughout our project by employers in taking risk in our curriculum by prioritising the quality of the educational experience in relation to future career paths over performance against particular targets.  Nevertheless, wherever possible, we want to achieve both.

All our students achieve a set of qualifications for entry to the next stage of learning and employment that are endorsed by both our university and employer partners.  This is a fundamental difference in measuring the effectiveness of a UTC. The future destination being as important as the expected progress for its students.

UTC Sheffield measures progress against nationally recognised benchmarking.  At key stage 4 students are assessed using CATS tests and also against FFTD targets from KS2 data.  At Post-16 students are tracked against aspirational ALPS targets derived from the average GCSE points score on entry.  Whilst these are vital to check the effectiveness of delivery, they are secondary in determining the learning pathways for our students.

Curriculum options are selected for specific groups of learners at Post-16. Those wishing to progress to University and those wishing to follow work based routes, such as apprenticeships.

Work–based/Apprenticeship destinations:

Students wishing to follow work-based routes will have curriculum pathways set up to meet the demands of employers.  Employers give direction to the most effective curriculum blend of academic, technical and employability skills to enable students to gain successful employment.  Success is measured by getting to the destination as well as good progress in the chosen subjects.

University destinations:

UTC Sheffield is committed to developing strong recognition amongst university entrance tutors of the experience of our students as well as the level of their awards.  Students wishing to progress to University will be tracked with the expectation to achieve qualifications with progress measures in the top 25th percentile using ALPS. Students considering both routes as an option would be tracked in line with University destinations.

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