Ofsted Grades UTC Sheffield As ‘Good’

UTC Sheffield City Centre campus has been graded as good following its first inspection, according to an Ofsted report published today, Tuesday March 1st 2016.

Ofsted has praised Yorkshire’s first UTC for establishing a business-like culture and technical curriculum closely aligned to the needs of employers and universities.

Students at the UTC on Matilda Street develop good industry skills on highly effective study programmes that increase their chances of securing employment and apprenticeships in the region, the report says.

Nick Crew, Executive Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “Leading the establishment of Yorkshire’s first UTC in Sheffield City Region has been a real privilege. Ofsted’s validation of the strength of our provision after only two years of operation clearly shows that we are one of the best UTCs in the country.”

He added: “Young people develop high level skills that equip them for careers in two sectors of regional growth. All of this could not have been achieved without the special partnership between employers, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and The Sheffield College. I want to thank them for their support.”

The education watchdog examined five key areas, which have all been judged as good: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for students and 16 to 19 study programmes.

To read the report, visit http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/139695. Some places are still available at UTC Sheffield starting this September. For more information, call 0114 2603970 or visit https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk

Civic leaders have congratulated the UTC on this latest success. Paul Blomfield, Sheffield Central MP, said: “I’ve been delighted to support the UTC from the earliest stages of the project. This report confirms what I see every time I visit. It’s a stimulating learning environment which gets the very best out of its students and offers them a great start in life.”

Richard Wright, Chair of Sheffield UTC Academy Trust, Chair of The Sheffield College Governing Body, and Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added: “This is a fantastic project to be involved in. Across further education in Sheffield we are trying to prioritise the needs of the employers and students over everything else so we make a real contribution to the future growth plans. UTCs are a very important part of that in their specific sectors and this result shows how well the UTC Sheffield City Centre campus is doing.”

Key points from the report:

• Staff and students are highly motivated and committed to the vision of the UTC.

• A large number of employers provide high-quality work experience and work placements for students.

• Students successfully acquire industry-relevant skills that lead to higher level academic and vocational qualifications.

• A quarter of students move on to an apprenticeship. This is a much higher percentage than the national average.

• The majority of teachers have recent industrial or vocational experience so they act as positive role models and sources of advice.

• The quality of teaching resources is very high, with state-of-the-art engineering workshops and up-to-date creative and digital software packages.

• The Executive Principal and Principal have skillfully managed the development and expansion of the UTC.

• The curriculum has been well designed in partnership with major employers, The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council to meet the identified skill needs in the region.

• The technical qualifications are developed in partnership with major employers, with the result that students’ assignments are assessed against the outcomes of real industrial and commercial projects.

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