New leadership makes difference at UTC, says Ofsted

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Sponsor Bedford College is steering the University Technical College (UTC) towards success, says the latest Ofsted report published on Tuesday November 11th.

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And Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE has pledged that improvement will continue at the Houghton Regis 14+ UTC with the appointment of expert Governors and experienced team members.

Her Majesty’s Inspector John Daniell says in his report of the ‘External Support’ by award-winning Bedford College:

The contribution made by staff at Bedford College has had a marked impact on establishing clearer systems for leading and managing the UTC. Expertise has been well deployed to help market the UTC to the wider community, in appointing a special educational needs coordinator, helping to provide additional support for students in mathematics during the summer holiday and to plan a revised curriculum for the new Year 10 intake in 2015.

The engineering department has worked productively with staff from Bedford College to make sure that their assessment of students’ progress becomes more accurate.

The Director of Quality, Performance and Standards from Bedford College has worked well with the new Headteacher in providing an appropriate level of challenge and support. She has also helped to secure a more accurate profile of the quality of teaching by observing teaching with the college’s senior leaders.

Following the judgement at the first monitoring inspection, the sponsor has now taken appropriate steps to ensure that the statement of action is fit for purpose.

Bedford College was invited by the DfE to become a sponsor of the UTC Central Beds earlier in the year – to take effect officially from September. In fact the team worked over the summer holidays to make the UTC a better place for pupils to return to this academic year.