Baker Dearing Education Trust
The Baker Dearing Educational Trust was founded by Lord Baker and Lord Dearing to develop and promote the concept of university technical colleges. The Trust provides support to new and existing UTCs and helps to raise awareness of UTCs with the government, media and public. It works closely with the Department for Education and ensures that the expected number of UTCs open on time and on budget.
The Trust helps 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. Its educational advisers help to develop curricula and advise on suitable technical qualifications. It also supports UTCs with setting standards, issues around leadership and management and through liaising with the universities and employers who are UTC partners.
The Trust raises awareness of UTCs with the government, the media and the public. By increasing the profile of UTCs it aims to ensure that everyone has an understanding of UTCs and what they offer to young people, employers and the wider community. It also represents the interests of UTCs when it comes to curricula, qualifications and Department for Education policy.