The new version of the Ofsted Inspection Handbook, published in September 2021, specifically highlights the importance of schools meeting the Baker Clause as part of their CEIAG provision.
If a school is not meeting the Baker Clause, Ofsted will ‘consider what impact this has on the quality of CEIAG, and the subsequent judgement for personal development’.
So what’s the best way of meeting the Baker Clause, and how can you best use Unifrog as part of this?
What is the Baker Clause, and why is it important?
Named after the Education Secretary who introduced it, the Baker Clause requires schools to make sure colleges and training providers have an opportunity to discuss non-academic routes with their students in Year 8 to Year 13. The clause has been enforced since 2018, and is included in the DfE’s statutory guidance for careers in schools and colleges.
The guidance states that schools must publish a provider access statement on their website, explaining the arrangements for providers to access students. The guidance document also includes a template for a provider access statement.
The Baker Clause is an important part of a school or college’s CEIAG programme, to make sure they’re addressing the needs of each pupil. By complying with it, you’ll also be meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks which relate to encounters and exposing students to the full range of pathways. Regardless of whether it’s a statutory duty or not, all students deserve access to comprehensive, unbiased information about all post-school or college choices, so they can make the best decision for them.
Unifrog’s social mission is to make sure every individual student finds their own pathway, which for many students will be an apprenticeship or another form of training route. Research has shown that the majority of young people do not give much thought to applying for apprenticeships; and of those students aged 14 or 15 who think they’re likely to apply for an apprenticeship, less than half of them end up doing so.
Making the most of the Baker Clause for your students
Including a diverse range of education providers and employers in your CEIAG programme will be beneficial to your students, as it will help address their individual needs. Here are our suggestions for making the most of those opportunities:
- Make sure teachers’ and parents’ knowledge of non-academic routes is up to scratch
Our latest insights report found that students thought it was most helpful to discuss their career plans with their families and teachers. The Know-how library tool contains guides and articles which are useful for improving their knowledge, as well as students’ own.
- Diversify the providers you include in your programme
The Unifrog Apprenticeships tool and College & Sixth Form tool aren’t only for finding vacancies! They can be used by staff to identify potential employers and training providers to speak with students.
- Start young and challenge assumptions
Making sure all potential post-school or college pathways are part of careers conversations from the very beginning will help students consider them more equally. Check out the Resources library for pre-planned activities you can run with students, covering all pathways in an unbiased way.
- Alert students and parents to external opportunities
Any events and opportunities for students and parents to engage with employers and training providers can be added as interactions on Unifrog. They’ll appear in a students’ ‘What’s coming up’ feed, and they’ll be included in parents’ weekly summary emails of CEIAG interactions added to their child’s account.
For more information on how Unifrog can help you comply with the Baker Clause and achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks, or for more ideas to improve your CEIAG provision, contact your Area or Account Manager.
Good stuff from elsewhere
Education and Employers
Research from the charity Education and Employers into how schools can best guide students into apprenticeships, converting interest to recruitment.