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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