Baker Dearing Educational Trust was founded by Lord Baker and Lord Dearing to develop and promote the concept of university technical colleges. Today they are a small, flexible organisation that sits at the centre of the UTC network. Their focus is on promoting and supporting new and existing UTCs.
Helping new UTCs
The Baker Dearing Educational Trust support applications to open new UTCs, helping applicants to navigate the process and lend their experience and support where it is needed. Working closely with the Department for Education, they make sure that the expected number of UTCs open on time and on budget.
Supporting existing UTCs
They help UTCs benefit from being a part of a bigger network by providing opportunities to share good practice, attend seminars, and stretch budgets through joint procurement.
Their educational advisers help to develop curricula and advise on suitable technical qualifications. They also support UTCs with setting standards, issues around leadership and management, and through liaising with the universities and employers who are UTC partners.
They raise awareness of UTCs with the government, the media and the public. By increasing the profile of UTCs they aim to ensure that everyone has an understanding of UTCs and what they offer to young people, employers and the wider community. They also represent the interests of UTCs when it comes to curricula, qualifications and Department for Education policy.