The UTC@MediaCityUK are delighted to celebrate our first set of GCSE results. In the first year of the new, more challenging examinations in GCSE English Language and Literature and Maths, half of the UTC’s first Year 11 cohort to sit examinations, gained a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics.
Notably, over 40% of the English grades were above the GCSE grade 5 for English. This continues the success of results in English for Year 13 last week. A quarter of all Maths grades were grade 5 or above.
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Here at UTC we are focused on making sure our students are making the most of the employer ties we have by being in the heart of the northern digital sector here at MediaCityUK. We have two dedicated members of staff who focus on marketing the UTC and bringing in business men and women from around the area to talk to and hopefully inspire our students to make the most out of their education. One of these members of staff, Laura now writes a blog which is updated regularly to detail the great employer engagement work being done here at UTC.
If you would like to hear more about our Employer Engagement be sure to have a look at the blog by clicking here or following the link below.
We would like to share the following useful video that we hope will help explain the ‘Progress 8’ system that is now used for tracking school performance. This has replaced the previous measuring system of 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English.
If you would like to know more please be sure to watch the video posted below and if you have any questions afterward please feel free to let us know.
Please contact Janes Wood-Greaves, Vice Principal, Curriculum, Assessment and Progress: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our students work was screened today at the Imperial War Museum North for Holocaust Memorial Day.
10 students from the UTC were involved in a project with the IWMN and Chocolate Films, working with Holocaust survivors. They worked to capture survivor testimony and used animation to present their ideas.
The students worked in a very sympathetic and mature way to present this very moving information. Members of the public congratulated our students on how they had worked so thoughtfully with the Holocaust survivors.
Below are the video links to the students work, please feel free to check it out:
ITV regional television presenter Natasha Carter welcomed UTC television and Film students to the News studios last week. Students had hands on experience of the cameras and got tips from evening show hosts Tony Morris and Lucy Meacock.
Later students had a go themselves and tried using the auto cue with ear piece direction. There were recordings of the session made and producers will be sending it along for UTC to share online.
The whole experience was a great event and students forged links with the professional to get future work experience.
arts company have been supported by the Police Crime Commissioner to deliver a series of workshops exploring equality past, present and future across Greater Manchester schools.
The thought-provoking workshop was born out of a need for open, safe and eloquent dialogue around issues of discrimination and bullying and has been informed by recent research conducted by anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label. Research collected showed that over 1.5 million young people (50%) have been bullied within the past year, 145,800 (19%) of these were bullied everyday.
Rachel Moorhouse of Art with Heart says, “We do a huge amount of work with young people and see the devastating impact that bullying has on their health, behaviour and self-esteem. Our workshops will offer young people the freedom and opportunity to explore what discrimination and equality mean, who they are, what they want their world to look like and how to make change happen.”
Imperial War Museum and Chocolate Films work experience 2 of 2
I had a week of work experience with the Imperial War Museum in a group of ten students from UTC. We were asked to produce two films about the holocaust .We split into two teams of five. I was in the group that a man named Arek an 83 yearold who survived Auschwitz. It was very moving to hear their personal accounts on their experiences in World War 2.
The first few days was spent gathering information about the survivors. We learnt the skills needed to record the interview – such as how to operate the microphones and cameras. When we had gathered enough information to write around 20 questions that will be asked on the day.
On the day of filming we setup all of our equipment which was interesting. It highlights the amount of time and planning is needed before actually recording takes place. We then met Arek and his wife and had a short conversation before we began interviews. After the interview was finished, we had over 40 minutes of footage. The footage would have to be condensed into just over 3 minutes.
The last remaining days were spent planning our story line as well as what footage we should use. We learnt how to use final cut pro x on the mac, to enable us to place and create the timeline of footage. We also spent time planning our animation ideas for each piece of information. We did this by using a row of sticky notes and placing them in order. This was an interesting method as it allows the stages and ideas to be clearly viewed and moved about freely.
On the final two days and after planning a clear path of what was going to be animated. We decided what type of animation was going to be used. For this we learnt how to use Dragonframe software, to animate stop motion of different types. We finally managed to animated and fit it with the clips of the interview and had a finished video ready to show.
Overall this whole experience is something I would do again as it was fun and interesting. I feel I have learnt a lot over the course of the week. Such things as how to use professional editing software and how to set up a proper camera and mic setup. All of these amazing skills I have learnt over the course of a week as well as being able to meet a holocaust survivors.
Youth Charter Legacy Debate Live at UTC@MediaCityUK
The Youth Charter held a Live Debate on the 21st October at UTC@MediaCityUK about the legacy of the Rio Olympic Games with special guest The Rt Hon John Bercow MP the event was streamed live and can be viewed here. UTC Principal Sharon Gardner announced it was hoped that this would be the first of many UTC/Youth Charter collaborations. Over 100 UTC students produced and directed the entire project. Pre-recorded video content and animation was led by Trisha Mistry, Ben Eckersall and Isaac Chohan There was a team dedicated to the filming and live-streaming on the day, co-ordinated by Year 13 student Liam Lyall. Further content was shot by UTC students filming in local primary school with children from Moorlands Juniors in Sale.
They had attended the Olympics Parade and met Olympians. Students attending a sports conference at Old Trafford interviewed key sportsmen and women at the event.
The Youth Charter is a UK based registered charity and that create and deliver a social legacy development programmes and projects globally.
Friday’s event was hosted by Geoff Thompson who handed over to speaker of the house RT Hon John Bercow to chair the debate. The special guests included Boxer Jordan Thompson and Team GB Long jumper Abigail Irozuru.
The whole 2016 Legacy Debate was be an exciting and engaging debate and discussion. Among the schools invited were from Loretto College, Darwin Academy and Moorlands Primary Schools.
After an introduction and film detailing the fine work that Charter carries out in the community, UK and globally. The panel soon began to answer debate questions from the audience and also give their opinions on sport it’s funding and the place of social media within sport.
The athletes were encouraged by the speaker, to pass on their experiences to the young audience, talking about of their own struggles in reaching success with their sports.
Speaker John Bercow praised the work done by the Charter but also stated that there was still much work to be done to build upon the legacy of team GB triumphs as it was important to draw more people in to the cause.