Careers advice: New rules crackdown on schools flouting Baker Clause

We must crackdown on schools which think that using pre-recorded videos or leaflets is enough to satisfy the so-called Baker Clause, it was said this week.

The Baker Clause was enacted in January 2017 and stipulates that schools must invite in a wide range of education and training providers to allow them to talk to students about Apprenticeships and other technical education routes.

However, compliance has been an on-going challenge and the Department for Education has this week launched a consultation over plans for a new minimum legal requirement (DfE, 2022).

The proposals would introduce a “legal requirement for all maintained schools and academies to provide at least six encounters with a provider of approved technical education qualifications or Apprenticeships”.

The first four encounters would be mandatory for all registered pupils to attend – two in years 8 or 9 and two in years 10 or 11 (held between September and February if the pupils are in year 9 or 11).

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