What is the Baker Clause?

The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 and is now legally enforceable, but what does it mean for schools?

We break down what the clause stipulates, and provide tips for how to implement careers advice and guidance that meets the requirements and works for your students. 

About the Baker Clause

The Baker Clause states that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8 to 13 to discuss non-academic routes. 

It also states that schools need to impartially promote the full range of technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.

The Baker Clause forms an important part of a school or college’s careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme. By complying with the clause, schools will also be meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks which relate to students being introduced to the full range of pathways.

An amendment to the clause in February 2022 ensured that the guidance is now legally enforceable. Ofsted have also updated their handbook and clarified that they will report where a school falls short of the requirements.

Implementation - making sure the Baker Clause benefits your students

A thorough CEIAG programme which includes a diverse range of education routes and providers will be beneficial for students. The clause is designed to give students impartial information on all of the routes available to them.

To help students make sense of all of this information, a good careers programme and effective guidance is crucial. Our career leaders qualifications and Quality in Careers Standard enable school careers staff to gain knowledge of the requirements through workshop delivery, assessment and accreditation of the relevant qualifications or award. They also ensure teachers’ knowledge of non-academic routes is kept up to date.

The Department for Education (DfE) guidance states that career advisors should be educated to level 6 or above. Our qualifications include the Career Development Professional Level 6 Apprenticeship and the Career Guidance and Development Level 6 Diploma. Hear from Dawn who completed the level 6 diploma in our case study

More tips for schools:

  • Create a provider access policy statement and host on the school website. This document should clearly stipulate opportunities for training providers to visit the school, and the process they should follow to arrange visits.
  • Ensure students have access to a diverse range of training providers and colleges by extending invitations to local and national providers.
  • With the clause stipulating that all pupils from year 8 onwards are provided with information on non-academic options, schools can ensure that students are fully prepared by implementing a comprehensive CEIAG right from the start. This will help students to fully consider their options before the time comes for them to make decisions.
  • Boost the knowledge of staff, parents and carers with free resources. The apprenticeship support and knowledge for schools and colleges programme (ASK) is government-funded and aims to give schools and other educational establishments free support to transform how students think about apprenticeships. The GOV.UK website also hosts downloadable resources to help teachers and careers advisers offer information, advice and guidance to young people, about apprenticeships. Amazing Apprenticeships offer over 200 free resources to help explain apprenticeships.
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