Catherine today visited University Technical College (UTC) South Durham to discuss the school’s focus on breaking down the barriers to opportunity.

Catherine standing at UTC South Durham with five members of staff.

UTC South Durham specialises in STEM education for 14-19 year olds, with a focus on engineering and advanced manufacturing, and gives students the option of either an A-Level or equivalent qualifications pathway or a 1-2 pre-apprenticeship route of practical engineering skills.

Catherine attended alongside Alan Strickland, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Newton Aycliffe & Spennymoor and Kim McGuinness, Labour’s candidate for North East Mayor. She spent the morning learning about the school’s curriculum and teaching, followed by a student-led tour and conversation about the school and Labour’s plans for education.

Following the visit, Catherine commented:

“Speaking to staff and pupils, the commitment to providing academic, technical and professional skills and opportunities was clear, as well as their determination to give young people the breadth of education they need to find the right next step for them. 

A Labour Government would prioritise ensuring every young person has the best opportunities, with a Curriculum and Assessment Review to ensure that all schools can deliver a rich and broad curriculum so that young people see and receive the full benefits of an excellent education.”