David Wolfe

First free school (well, UTC) funding agreements released!

Funding agreements for the first two University Technical Colleges (UTCs) have just been made available. The agreement for the Black Country (June 2011) UTC is newly available on the Department’s web site here. It appears to be based on the academy model agreement of the time making it (I think) the first published ‘free school’…

Is there a model funding agreement for UTCs?

In short – yes, new ones being created now apparently use the model agreement for free schools (albeit that older ones used the old academy model), but apparently, even the current free school model is about to change. I had the following very helpful answer from a Department official to a Freedom of Information Act…

How is a UTC set up?

In overall legal terms, they are ‘academies’ which are ‘additional schools’ so the set up should be as for free schools (also ‘additional academies’). See the post dealing with that.

What about new academies being set up from cold?

The picture here is confusing: most new academies (as opposed to conversions from existing maintained schools) are being called (and set up under the label) free school or UTC or studio school, but some are still being called ‘academies’ as before. For a description of the process of conversion of a maintained school to an…

What is a studio school?

The simple answer is – yet another kind of academy (it seems). The Department says this: “Studio Schools are an innovative new model of 14 to 19 year-old educational provision. They are small schools – typically with around 300 pupils – delivering mainstream qualifications through project based learning. Students work with local employers and a…

What is a UTC?

The simple answer is: a type of free school (and thus a type of academy) characterised by being for 14-19s (although the term UTC is also being used to describe the JCB academy which was set up as an academy under the last government but which caters for 14-19s): The Department says this: “UTCs are…