IPPR reports that schools are failing to comply with the Baker Clause requiring schools to allow colleges and training providers into schools to talk to students about technical education and apprenticeships. Edge CEO Alice Barnard comments:
‘It’s deeply disturbing that despite the introduction of the Baker clause intended to expose students to a broader range of post-16 options, the majority of young people are still being denied the information, advice and guidance they need to make informed choices about their futures. A greater role for Ofsted to ensure compliance and a ‘one-stop-shop’ portal where both young people and their families could access balanced, quality careers information are both welcome recommendations, but the IPPR’s report highlights wider curriculum issues.
‘If young people are to be able to find their passion and articulate their career ambitions, they need a broad and balanced curriculum which includes technical and creative subjects and makes learning relevant to the world of work. Careers information, advice and guidance, profound employer engagement and work experience should be at the heart of the curriculum throughout school. The introduction of T-Levels and an arbitrary three million apprenticeship target look rather ludicrous in the context of the Government’s commitment to the EBacc which imposes a narrow academic diet on students, regardless of their talents, interests or aptitudes.’