https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...-entry-14-16-save-failing-utcs-says-thinktank So failing UTCs could be saved by raising the age range from 16 to 19. That's a great idea and then they could be called sixth form colleges! The UTC scheme was always going to battle to recruit at age 14. By then kids would be settled in local schools with their mates and familiar teachers. Which 14 year old wants to be hauled out of school to start somewhere completely new where they don't know anybody? How many 14 year olds really know what they want to do anyway? Better to keep their options open by staying in a mainstream school. Another example of idealistic short term policy making that seems to be badly misfiring.