UTCs running as low as 10% capacity as enrolment plummets (FE Week)
Figures supplied to FE Week show that some of the 17 UTCs currently operating are running at around 10% capacity, with the overall enrolment figure at just 30%. But, despite this, plans are still in place to raise the number of UTCs to 57 by 2016.
Universities increasingly take on students with vocational qualifications rather than A levels (Independent)
Growing numbers of teenagers with top-class vocational qualification are being recruited by UK universities. This comes as ministers and employers have been pressing the need for more students to opt for courses giving them the skills the UK needs to compete in the global market. The Independent takes up the story.
Five routes into law for the debt-averse student (Guardian)
As cost and competition for traditional route into law increases, an interesting article in the Guardian this week focuses on 5 alternative ways into the career, many brought about by recent changes made to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s training contract guidelines.
Teacher training bursaries increased to £25,000 in some subjects to tempt talented graduates (TES)
This week saw School’s Minister David Laws announce a significant increase in the size of the inducements on offer for teacher trainees with degrees in physics, chemistry, maths, computing and languages, as well as a new bursary for graduates in religious education. Read the full details on the TES website.