AUEA has been recognised in a recent Ofsted report of one of just 4 schools nationally demonstrating effectiveness in enterprise education and student work related learning
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In successful UTCs, business involvement is an essential element of the curriculum. At Aston University Engineering Academy (a UTC), subject experts from local businesses teach elements of the technical and vocational courses. These experts are able to raise the pupils’ awareness of problems and solutions from the business world to provide a real focus for pupils’ learning.
Ofsted Case Study
Aston University Engineering Academy: A team of six Year 12 boys were making a presentation to business executives. The project was given to improve the safety of workers on the railway. The team had developed their schematic at the sponsoring university using a 3D printer. It was a very confident, professional presentation. There was a clear explanation. Learners delivered the presentation without a script showing good confidence in their proposal. They were presenting to the UK’s largest provider of on-track warning systems. They had developed, from scratch, a system that was very similar to the one the company actually uses. The feedback was that it could be developed into the next generation of safety equipment. The team was offered opportunity to test the product on the business’s own test track. The academy’s vice principal followed-up the presentation with enquiries about what professional qualification in rail engineering would be possible (given their age) for learners to do