8 August 2014

New schools, providing more than 5000 places (when full) for 14 to 19 year-olds are to offer a more technical or vocational-based education using curriculums developed in partnership with universities and business.

Leading employers including Jaguar Land Rover, Hitachi, Dyson and Kew Botanical Gardens are supporting the proposals for seven new university technical colleges (UTCs) and four new studio schools.

Giving students the chance to develop the skills needed in a particular region or sector, the schools and UTCs will enable them to train for careers that are key to the economy, such as engineering and science.

Chancellor George Osborne said: "The new colleges will provide the next generation of British workers with the skills they need to secure the high-tech jobs of the future."

UTCs, the first of which opened in 2010, integrate academic study with practical learning, teaching core GCSEs alongside technical qualifications. Both UTCs and studio schools develop their curriculum in partnership with local universities and employers, over 500 of whom are now involved with UTCs.

Studio schools, which also first opened in 2010, provide specialisms linked to local skills shortages, and an emphasis on the skills needed for employment. They combine academic study (with a core of maths, English and science plus other subjects) with cross-curricular learning tackling real-life problems and projects.

The new schools and colleges will be established across the country in places including Scarborough, Leeds, Bromley, Crewe, Sheffield, Liverpool and Solihull.

From Paul Clarke, business writer for Croner