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Overview

Are you interested in becoming a part of what is possibly the most exciting change in the education landscape in decades? We are seeking new teachers at our Outstanding University Technical College (UTC) to join us in our new approach to educating 14-19 year olds.

The UTC opened in September 2013 in a newly refurbished building which replicates a business environment with state-of–the-art facilities. It was judged by Ofsted as Outstanding in every category in May 2015, in only its second year of operation.

At capacity we will be educating 600 students who will all have a passion for Engineering or Computer Science; it will be a truly inspirational environment.

Activate Learning is the lead sponsor for UTC Reading, which is supported by industry partners including Microsoft, Cisco, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates, as well as the University of Reading. 
 

Ofsted report
 

Take a look at our Outstanding Ofsted report.

AboutUs

The UTC opened in September 2013 in a newly refurbished building which replicates a business environment with state-of–the-art facilities. It was judged by Ofsted as Outstanding in every category in May 2015, in only its second year of operation.

At capacity we will be educating 600 students who will all have a passion for Engineering or Computer Science; it will be a truly inspirational environment.

Activate Learning is the lead sponsor for UTC Reading, which is supported by industry partners including Microsoft, Cisco, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates, as well as the University of Reading. 
 

What is a UTC?
 

A UTC is a place for students aged 14 to 19 to specialise in technical studies alongside traditional education and is supported by high profile academic and industry partners. It allows a student to study a subject that they are really interested in which is taught in industry standard facilities by teachers with real life practical experience. By 16 their technical skills are far in advance of those students in a standard comprehensive school and more enthusiastic engagement with their academic studies leads to greater achievement in this area also.

Project-based learning 
 

Project-based learning is a central part of the way we do things at UTC Reading. Our students work with employers on industry-specific projects, specifically focused on employability skills. Industry sponsors provide mentors for each team of students to develop their skills and knowledge to help prepare them for the workplace. See Project-based learning for further information.
 

Engaging with local schools
 

As a lead school for computing at school (CAS), UTC Reading also engages with local primary and secondary schools to increase interest in taking computer science and engineering. At the UTC’s official opening in December 2013, HRH The Duke of York said: “UTC Reading is responding to the skills needs of local businesses, namely those in computer science and engineering. This is about giving young people opportunity but also giving them challenge, because education is always going to be challenging.”
 

Ofsted report
 

Take a look at our Outstanding Ofsted report.
 

Working for us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for.

By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs. For more information about School Talent Pools visit www.eteach.com

Teaching at UTC Reading will provide you with:

  • unparalleled professional development, including access to a full suite of professional qualifications such as MTA
  • focussed teaching - only KS4 and KS5 classes
  • small class sizes
  • passionate students
  • opportunities for career development as the college grows
  • free use of the gym
  • refreshments and lunch provided during inset days
  • fully supported laptop provided with latest software to simplify your workload
  • a DreamSpark account, for free Microsoft software
  • tea and coffee provided free of charge
     

Ofsted report


Take a look at our Outstanding Ofsted report.
 

Our Vision

Our vision is for our students to be inspired by the relevance and challenge of solving real-life industrial and community problems. They will rapidly gain the confidence and both the technical and personal skills required to become the creative contributors on whom our businesses and public services can rely for shaping and driving the future of our society.

Through close collaboration with our academic and industry partners, leading organisations in the IT and engineering sectors, the UTC offers a unique learning opportunity for young people with a strong interest in engineering and computer science. UTC Reading hopes to set the standard for 14 to 16 computer science education nationally, delivering an innovative curriculum which promotes the computer science literacy that employers and universities seek in school leavers.

Having made a positive choice to join the UTC, students will be well motivated to work hard and benefit from the UTC’s innovative and inspirational learning experience. UTC Reading’s ‘graduates’ will gain the reputation for demonstrating the skills, attitudes, knowledge and experience sought by the world’s leading employers. Through the ongoing links with industry partners, they will be personally known to local organisations such as Microsoft, Cisco, Peter Brett Associates and Network Rail, giving them greatly increased opportunities of sponsorship or employment.

Our Sponsor

Our lead sponsor is Activate Learning, a pioneering education group which is growing to meet opportunities in the education market.

From a single FE college, Activate Learning have evolved into an international group including secondary, further and higher education, apprenticeship and workforce training, consultancy and commercial business.

Their unique learning philosophy recognises how people learn best and empowers them to thrive in the right learning environment. They want to help build confidence in their learners, raising their aspirations and giving them the tools they need to succeed.

Industry and Academic Partners

UTC Reading is very fortunate to be supported by sponsors and partners who are working together to make sure we have everything in place for an exemplary computer science and engineering UTC.

Our lead partners are Microsoft, Cisco, University of Reading, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates. They are involved in a number of ways, including:

  • Consultancy and advice on curriculum content
  • Product and services donations
  • Employer accreditations
  • Employer-led projects and challenges
  • Coaching and mentoring for staff and students
  • Providing work experience opportunities
  • Participation in the governance of the UTC

Facilities

Over £8 million has been invested in developing this state-of-the-art learning centre for computer science and engineering. The campus includes a building dedicated to computer science, and a building for engineering and related project work. The UTC also has a brand new science centre and an arts centre that will include facilities for music, art, model making and media.

Our UTC is truly at the leading edge of technology in learning. Personal devices can be used anywhere to access work and study resources. Our Microsoft and Cisco learning labs are hi-tech and have their own dedicated server and IT infrastructure that students use in their learning.

Right at the heart of the UTC complex is the special place that makes us really different. Our independent study area is a vibrant hub combining learning resources with a flexible ‘hot desk’ working environment.

Please see Our Multimedia for images of our facilities.

Project-based learning

Project-based learning is a central part of the way we do things at UTC Reading. Our students work with employers on industry-specific projects, specifically focused on employability skills. Industry sponsors provide mentors for each team of students to develop their skills and knowledge to help prepare them for the workplace.

Our core projects to date are as follows:
 

Microsoft


Design an app: Read more
 

CGI


Design the student company formation: Read more
 

Network Rail


Design a new, safe, level crossing: Read more
 

Cisco


Design the Classroom of the Future: Read more
 

Peter Brett Associates


1. Reading Station redesign: Read more

2. Big Data: Read more
 

British Army


Design a vehicle for the corps: Read more

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