Leaders from the University Technical College (UTC) were joined by parliamentarians to celebrate 10 years of the program, with requests for the next Conservative Prime Minister to address the loss of technical and creative subjects at the GCSE.
The Chief Executive of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) said it is crucial that the UK increases the supply of green and digital skills.
A recent report from the Education Policy Institute ‘A spotlight on the study of Design and Technology in Englandfound that the number of students taking a design and technology GCSE halved between 2009 and 2020, from 44% to 22%.
The celebration was organized by the BDT, which supports a national network of around 50 UTCs and supporters of technical education. Formed by Kenneth Baker, Secretary of Education from 1986 to 1989, and Ronald Dearing, a former government official, BDT owns the UTC trademark, trademarks and licenses them for use.
BDT CEO Simon Connell said, “We hope the message about the UTC program will reach the Labor Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative leadership candidates.
“We also hope that the new PM and education team will focus on reintroducing technical and creative subjects into schools and bringing employers closer to the classroom.
“As we look back on 10 years of the UTC program, with all the successes we have seen by offering pupils a technical education option, it is disappointing that other children and young people are missing out on these opportunities.
“Without a technical background and exposure to the world of industry, they won’t have the knowledge or confidence to consider careers in these industries. With green and digital skills already in high demand, we need to start training the workforce of the future now.
“With 12 years of experience behind us, we know that providing educators with the resources to deliver technical education will be essential if we are to make the arrival of the T-Levels a success and if we are to keep the UK economy growing – and on.
“We look forward to welcoming anyone elected prime minister in September to visit our UTCs and we hope they will prioritize technical education.”
A Ofsted’s research report, also published in March 2022, found that there were “inequalities” in the provision of computer education. The number of alumni entering level A computer science is still much lower than the number of students entering subjects such as biology, chemistry and physics.
The dinner followed a day of conferences in which UTC and the leaders trust shared experiences and good practices on a range of topics, including the delivery of T Levels.
The technical school program celebrates 10 years amid calls to prioritize technology subjects
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