Schools to be warned by DfE over Baker Clause compliance

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Fire it Up: The new Apprenticeships campaign includes TV and social media adverts showing learners in action

The government is targeting schools that have yet to publish information on how they ensure training providers are able to talk to their pupils about vocational options, including Apprenticeships.

It comes as the Department for Education (DfE) launches a new campaign, targeting parents and students, promoting the benefits of Apprenticeship routes.

Schools have a legal duty to allow vocational providers to talk to students about the different pathways available to them.

Known as the Baker Clause, this duty was enacted in January 2017 and stipulates that schools must invite a wide range of education and training providers in to help young people choose the right career path for them.

The DfE has said it will write to the largest academy trusts and to local authorities, specifically targeting schools that have not published information online about how they work with vocational providers to ensure their students are fully informed about their careers options.

A statement said: “Apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton is writing to the 10 largest multi-academy trusts currently not complying with the clause to remind them of their legal duty and if there is evidence that a school is not providing their students with a full range of information, the government will take appropriate action.

“The government is also writing to local authorities to remind schools about the requirement to do this to make sure pupils have the full range of information about different career paths that are open to them.”

Education secretary Damian Hinds added: “The sad truth is that outdated and snobby attitudes are still putting people off Apprenticeships which means they’re missing out on great jobs and higher salaries – many of them in the sorts of firms graduates look to land jobs with after university.

“It’s vital that we challenge people’s thinking about Apprenticeships which is why the new campaign will aim to shift deeply held views and drive more people towards an Apprenticeship.

“At the same time we need to make sure that young people have access to information about all of the opportunities that are out there so we are taking action to make sure all schools invite a wide range of providers in to help young people choose the right career path for them.”

The new campaign is called “Fire It Up” and aims to promote the range of careers that offer Apprenticeships, such as aerospace engineering, nuclear science, teaching, nursing, and law, as well as the fact that students can study to degree level.

The campaign includes national TV and social media adverts and a website that provides advice and information as well as access to Apprenticeship opportunities.


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