Studio schools offer academic and vocational qualifications, but teach them in a practical and project-based way. Study is combined with work placements at local and national employers who are involved in the school.
Learning in this way encourages students to develop skills like punctuality, good communication, reliability and team-working, whilst gaining a strong grounding in English, maths and science.
These new schools, which are set up with the backing of local businesses and employers, are part of the government's drive to ensure the education system responds to demands from employers for the skills they need to grow and prosper. Employers say that ensuring our young people have these important skills should be a top education priority for the government.
28 studio schools are now open across the country and 18 projects are in the pre-opening phase.
On 23 January 2014, the Department for Education approved five new studio schools through to the pre-opening phase to open in September 2015 or beyond, alongside the 13 existing projects that were already in the pre-opening phase (to open from September 2014).
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An updated list of UTCs and studio schools that are open and are in pre-opening stage.
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