The Telegraph is reporting that former education secretary Michael Gove has admitted that technical colleges are a failure.
The University Technical Colleges (UTCs) programme is a failure, the former Education Secretary Michael Gove has admitted.
Gove’s confession comes after the seventh UTC closed in Oldham, after none of its students received a grade C or above in their GCSE exams.
UTCs were one of Mr Gove’s flagship policies, and launched in 2010 as part of the free school project.
They were intended as a way for 14-19-year-old students to combine academic studies with more vocational training in engineering and science. They are a type of free school, sponsored by local employers or universities.
Designed by Lord Kenneth Baker, a minister from the Thatcher era, they were intended to give 14-year-olds the option of either a technical, or artistic and creative, or academic education.
However, despite spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers money on UTCs over the past five years, the policy “has not worked,” Mr Gove has conceded in an article for The Times.
UTCs became a destination for underperforming children, rather than those of a range of abilities, he said.
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