As part of the government reforms to technical education, since January 2018 secondary schools across England have been required by law (under the so-called ‘Baker clause’) to allow other education and training provider’s access to their pupils to inform them of technical and vocational qualifications. The access arrangements for training providers must be set out on the school website.
A recent report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has explored compliance with the legislation and found that compliance with the Baker clause remains poor. The key findings of the report show that:
just two in five schools (37.6%) published a provider access statement
most technical education providers think that the Baker clause has failed to deliver on its aims; 70.1% said that it is difficult to access schools in their area and 6.3% said it has become more difficult
however, 31.3% of technical providers say that the situation has improved in the last year
Governing boards in all schools should seek to ensure a strategic focus on improving the quality of careers guidance provision in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance.