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Lord Baker visits UTC Cambridge

21 January 2016

Students and staff at UTC Cambridge were delighted to receive an impromptu visit from Lord Baker, founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, along with fellow champion of the UTC movement, Andrew Stevens, CEO of CNet Training and Trustee of the Edge Foundation.

Danielle Pacey, Deputy Principal and Alistair Easterfield, Head of Science showed them around the facilities where they met with students and staff at Cambridge’s innovative science and technical college for 14 to 19-year-olds. They joined in a Year 10 debate on Great Expectations and a Geography lesson before joining other students for lunch.

Lord Baker was particularly impressed by UTC's co-working with business partners and whilst visiting the college Lord Baker and Andrew Stevens experienced first-hand one such relationship and the value it brings to both parties.

Simon Rudge, Senior Research Scientist at the Babraham Institute and Rachel Fellows, a PHD student also at the Babraham Institute, were on site working in the labs with Year 12 students studying for BTEC and A Level on a Challenge project, undertaking the same testing and research processes that would have been followed at the institute.  Simon said that by working with UTC they give students “exposure to genuine practical science – and it also keeps us on our toes making sure that we know most of the answers! Quite simply, if students aren’t given the opportunity to test what they’ve learnt through practical’s they will turn off. The sheer enjoyment of discovery, of just grasping something and finding those small victories can completely alter your learning experience.”

Lord Baker was delighted to see business education partnerships in action and when he learnt that students commit a full day to Challenge Project work he thought that was “Fantastic! “

Andrew Stevens reaffirmed the importance of experiencing the reality and practical side of industry "Academic learning and the skills learnt in a more traditional environment are essential but the UTC approach is clearly the way it has to go. The extra exposure the young people experience clearly gives them a more informed and mature outlook.”

Lord Baker congratulated the students on their courage in choosing to come to what is such a new endeavour he also assured them that they had made a very sensible decision! “By coming here you have actually started your future life no one should graduate from here without going on to further education or directly into employment. UTCs are unique in being able to say this - and our track record proves this with 99% of the leavers now being in higher education or employment”.

When asked what he had been most impressed with at UTC Cambridge, Andrew Stevens said without hesitation, “The engagement of the students is something you cannot ignore. They clearly want to be here and are enjoying being here. It's a great place. "

Lord Baker summed up his impression of UTC Cambridge very favourably. “UTC Cambridge is developing excellent partnerships with local employers and the technical community and clearly drawing on Cambridge’s strengths and intelligence.  This really sets UTC Cambridge apart from the rest”.

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