Vision and Ethos
The Sheffield UTC Academy Trust – Focused on destination
The Trust has a clear vision to prepare its students for careers in the skill sector shortage areas of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Digital Industries, Health Sciences, Sport Science and Computing. The UTC was born out of detailed research into future demands for skills in both the Sheffield City region and nationally.
The UTC has very strong backing with lead sponsors in Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The UTC also has a wide range of regional and national employers supporting the curriculum and further support from The University of Sheffield.
The Sheffield UTC Academy Trust provides an integrated academic and vocational curriculum that focuses on technical and employability skills. Employers and University partners help to shape learning challenges via a fully employer-led curriculum. This curriculum stretches our students in a way which will prepare them very well for the careers in the relevant sectors. We have been supported throughout our project by employers in taking risk in our curriculum by prioritising the quality of the educational experience in relation to future career paths over performance against particular targets. Nevertheless, wherever possible, we want to achieve both.
All our students achieve a set of qualifications for entry to the next stage of learning and employment that
are endorsed by both our university and employer partners. This is a fundamental difference in measuring the effectiveness of a UTC, the future destination being as important as the expected progress for its students.
UTC Sheffield measures progress against nationally recognised benchmarking. At key stage 4 students are assessed using CATS tests and also against FFTD targets from KS2 data. At Post-16 students are tracked against aspirational ALPS targets derived from the average GCSE points score on entry. Whilst these are vital to check the effectiveness of delivery, they are secondary in determining the learning pathways for our students.
Curriculum options are selected for specific groups of learners at Post-16; those wishing to progress to University and those wishing to follow work based routes, such as apprenticeships.
Students wishing to follow work-based routes will have curriculum pathways set up to meet the demands of employers. Employers give direction to the most effective curriculum blend of academic, technical and employability skills to enable students to gain successful employment. Success is measured by getting to the destination as well as good progress in the chosen subjects.
UTC Sheffield is committed to developing strong recognition amongst university entrance tutors of the experience of our students as well as the level of their awards. Students wishing to progress to University will be tracked with the expectation to achieve qualifications with progress measures in the top 25th percentile using ALPS. Students considering both routes as an option would be tracked in line with University destinations.