MPs want penalties for schools that flout the ‘Baker Clause’

The Education Select Committee warns that some schools are still not opening their doors to allow colleges to talk to their students about Apprenticeships, despite a requirement to do so. Pete Henshaw reports

Schools that flout the Baker Clause and refuse to allow college and training providers to speak to their students about Apprenticeships should be penalised, a group of cross-party MPs have said.

A report, published on Monday (October 8) following an inquiry by MPs on Parliament’s Education Select Committee, says there is “no doubt” that Apprenticeships work, but despite reforms by successive government’s “too many apprentices are simply not getting the high-quality training they deserve”. It calls for “stronger and clearer” oversight of Apprenticeship training and assessment.

Furthermore, the MPs conclude that not enough support is being given to help disadvantaged young people to pursue an Apprenticeship and “get on in life”.

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