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UTC Reading showcased for excellent project-based learning

UTC Reading has been singled out as a leading example for other University Technical Colleges to follow when it comes to working with businesses.

The school has featured as a case study in the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report published today that evaluates project-based learning and employer-informed curriculum development at University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

Amongst the report’s findings were:

“Project-based learning and employer input, where delivered in a high-quality embedded way, deliver wide-ranging impacts for students, including work-readiness, enhanced emotional skills, high-level technical skills, and qualifications/awards”.

“[Young people] were aware that the work-ready skills they were acquiring were transferable and could also be used to support job, apprenticeship and university applications.”

“Students believed that attending the UTC had improved their confidence, motivation and engagement in learning.”

The report also detailed the specific work UTC Reading does with its industry partners and the benefits this has for its students.

The report said: “When all participating partners were fully engaged, project-based learning was widely believed to enhance young people’s employability and technical skills and knowledge.”

Read ‘Evaluation of University Technical Colleges’ report in full.

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