THE BAKER CLAUSE
The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 which states that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to all students in years 8- 13 to tell them about non-academic routes which are available to them.
The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 inserts section 42B into the Education Act 1997 and came into force on 2 January 2018. This new law requires the proprietor of all schools and academies to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in Year 8 to Year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. The independent careers guidance provided:
- Should be presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option.
- Should include information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.
- Should be guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
All pupils in Years 8-13 are entitled:
- To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
- To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
- To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. Provider access requests procedure
All students at Droitwich Spa High School and Sixth Form have opportunities to learn about opportunities to access alternative routes to employment, including vocational qualifications and apprenticeships via readiness curriculum activities which include; assemblies, tutorials, integration into the curriculum, the tutor programme work experience and a range of other events and activities.
A provider wishing to request access should contact our Careers Lead; Holly Harding via the details provided