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Our impact

Baker Dearing, in my opinion, has been the reason that the UTC model/movement is gaining in strength and has succeeded where other similar initiatives have fallen. Being part of a larger group and able to learn from each other, positioning UTCs to make such a difference to students who have a passion for STEM, and working with employers in an innovative and profound manner, are all truly transformational.

Jo Harper
CEO, Activate Learning Education Trust

An overview of Baker Dearing’s impact

  • 48 UTCs are open today, educating c.17,500 students.
  • The DfE has supported the UTC programme and has publicly acknowledged the UTC brand and Baker Dearing: a Memorandum of Understanding with Baker Dearing, which sets out the key principles and working arrangements between the two organisations, was signed in June 2019.
  • Significant operational support has been ensured within the DfE and ESFA (c. 1 FTE staff member per UTC has been employed), to help all UTCs to succeed;
  • Ofsted and the DfE have recognised publicly that Progress 8 and EBacc are not appropriate accountability measures for UTCs, whereas leaver destinations would be a more suitable measure;
  • Ofsted inspectors have developed a deeper understanding of UTCs: 76% of UTC inspections now judge leadership and management to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, with 13% ‘Outstanding’. 74% judge provision in the Sixth Form (programmes for students aged 16 to 19) to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’;
  • The ESFA and HM Treasury have developed a greater appreciation of the additional costs of running a UTC, when compared with a mainstream secondary school;
  • A DfE grant of transitional funding has been secured for each of the past five years, totalling £900,000 per UTC;
  • c.400 employers and universities have been recruited nationally to support UTCs;
  • A practical model of employer engagement within a school setting has been developed, and third parties recognise UTC success with project-based learning;
  • Outstanding student destinations after leaving UTCS, into hard-to-fill areas of the economy including Level 4+ apprenticeships and STEM courses at university, have been achieved;
  • Political support for UTCs has been demonstrated across parties;
  • The Baker Clause aims to raise awareness of technical education by requiring all schools to permit UTC staff to talk to their students, and was incorporated into the 2017 Technical and Further Education Act;
  • Most importantly, the life chances of over 50,000 students have been materially improved, by providing them with an education today which really does prepare them for tomorrow’s careers.

What our supporters say...

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