A Strict but Immersive Careers Model is Improving Outcomes for a Cumbrian School

University Technical Colleges are a new type of career-focused school that are providing young people with direct pathways into careers. However, implementing this type of education is not without its challenges. Principal Cherry Tingle shows how she has pulled a Cumbrian school back from the brink and improved all aspects of school life for a community lacking in opportunities.

Energy Coast UTC opened in September 2014, but by the end of the first year the headteacher, the deputy head and the business manager had all resigned.
University Technical Colleges are a new style of school, quite unlike the comprehensives and academies most people are familiar with. They are career-focussed schools for 14–19 year olds where students work toward vocational qualifications and gain hands-on experience in local companies, alongside GCSEs or A levels.

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