Education publication Tes has published an article explaining what schools need to know about the Baker Clause, which is now legally enforceable.

The legislation means that schools now have a legal requirement to ensure education and training providers are introduced to their students during three specified phases of learning, as part of an effort to help boost the numbers of students going to further education every year.

Written by Danielle Francombe, Associate Solicitor, and Jordon Waites, Trainee Solicitor, at Stone King, the article explains why the Baker Clause is relevant now, what it means for schools and students, and what schools need to do to be compliant, including updating school policy statements. 

The article concludes: 

“Significantly, Ofsted has updated its school inspection handbook to clarify that inspectors will always report where a school falls short of the requirements of the provider access legislation (ie, the Baker Clause) as well as considering how it affects a school’s inspection grade. 

With the Institute for Public Policy Research having already identified low compliance across the sector, prior to the Act’s amendments coming into force, now presents a good time for education providers to be proactive in familiarising themselves with the statutory duties, assessing their own compliance with the same and obtaining appropriate advice where necessary.”

To read the full article, please go to schools need to know about the Baker Clause.