UTC Sheffield’s Response: Education Policy Institute Report

Posted on 11 October 2018 in News, UTC Sheffield City Centre, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

UTC Sheffield’s Response: Education Policy Institute Report

We are very proud of our students, staff and the employers supporting us, and what we are achieving together here in Sheffield City Region.

The Education Policy Institute Report, published today, October 11th, does not reflect our experience at UTC Sheffield.

Here’s why:

  • We offer a demanding and high quality curriculum at two schools, which is backed by 70 employers and top universities, and which focuses on technical excellence and academic success.
  • Both UTCs are celebrating a buoyant start to the new academic year. Altogether, more than 400 students have joined us in Years 9 and 10 as the new academic year gets fully underway.
  • 100% of our students go on to a positive destination after the UTC and 40% go onto a high quality apprenticeships with high quality employers, for example, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Boeing, compared to 11% at traditional schools. For information on places for September 2019, and our showcase events this term, visit: https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/events/
  • We have strong technical and academic results – 100% for all five specialisms for our A level students. Our creative and digital media results were the best in the country.
  • UTC Sheffield City Centre, which specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media, is Ofsted graded ‘good’. The A Level pass rate rose to 97% in 2018 from 93% last year.
  • UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, which specialises in computing, health sciences and sport science, celebrated its first exam results in the summer. In their GCSEs, 68% of students achieved a grade 5 (top C grade equivalent) or above in English. Meanwhile, 36.5% of students achieved that level in maths and 62% did so in science.
  • In addition, 79.4% of UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park students achieved a grade 4 (low C grade equivalent) or above in English. Meanwhile, 77.7% of students achieved that level in maths and 90% did so in science.
  • Recruiting students from the age of 13, in our experience, is working and provides greater continuity of learning for our students.
  • Our students benefit from studying a technical qualification as well as GCSEs and A Levels. They enjoy developing problem solving and team working skills, and learning how to apply theory to practice.
  • We train young people in the skills employer need so they are work ready and have the right attitude and personal skills for the workplace as well as university.
  • The UTC is a great choice for young people who want to secure destinations in sectors where there is an urgent demand for highly skilled professionals at Level 4 or above.
  • Students who stay on with us beyond 16 are virtually guaranteed to go onto high quality apprenticeships, employment and top universities.
  • There are a lot of myths about UTCs including with regards to student progress. For more information visit: https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/news/2018/06/12/the-truth-about-utc-sheffield-three-myths-busted/
  • UTCs are different to traditional schools and that is their strength. Some of the technical subjects that our students complete did not qualify for inclusion in the government’s performance table. The measure had some flaws when comparing UTCs to other schools.
  • UTCs have also had less time to influence progress as students have previously started studying with us from the age of 14 rather than 11. This has been recognised by the government, that has stated that Progress 8 is not the most appropriate performance measure for UTCs, studio schools and some further education colleges.