Baker clause: Schools will have to open doors to FE providers from January

The ‘Baker clause’ – forcing schools to open their doors to FE providers – will take effect from January, according to guidance published this morning by the Department for Education.

The amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act, enshrined into law in May, was proposed by former education secretary Lord Baker, who acknowledged the move was likely to be universally hated by schools.

According to today’s guidance, “from 2 January 2018 all local-authority-maintained schools and academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils in years 8 to 13 about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships”.

Full details are on the FE Week website here: Baker clause